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Nintendo considering DLC levels for next 'Mario'

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Nintendo has hinted that downloadable levels could be a part of future Mario games.

During an investor meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata outlined the company's plan for downloadable content on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Super Mario 3D Land

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"We anticipate that Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will bring in a substantial profit in the next fiscal year and the year after that," Iwata said. "On the other hand, we will be able to do various things in the field of digital business.

"Up until now, once consumers who had bought a game got tired of it, they would never play it and it would never draw public attention again. Even if the game had the sales potential to other new consumers, they rarely actually bought it, because the consumers who already had bought it would never talk about it again and the game would be considered an old one."

Iwata added: "Having said that, what if we could provide add-on content through the network?"

"This is the idea of supplying new stages to Super Mario users who want to play the game more, but have completed the game and lost interest in the existing stages. This will not only give us new profits but will lengthen the life of a product, in that it will never be out of fashion and can keep attracting public attention as long as many people play it."

Mario kart 7

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Though Super Mario 3D Land is not set up to accept downloadable levels, Nintendo is currently developing a new side-scrolling Mario game for Nintendo 3DS that could implement the feature.

Iwata also brought up Wii Fit Plus, a retail disc expansion to Wii Fit that could be offered as downloadable content for future titles.

Last week Nintendo announced Nintendo Network, an online service that will span the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, providing personal user accounts and the ability to purchase downloadable content.

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