Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a gem in the Nintendo Switch’s library. After so long without a new 2D Mario title, Wonder delivered in such a way that left fans speechless and pleasantly surprised, so much so that it’s only right for the journey to be expanded.
Tons of 2D Mario games in the past were fortunate enough to receive paid DLC, such as New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. 2. It almost feels inevitable that Nintendo will add more content to Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Yet, the gaming giant has not even hinted at the possibility as of this writing. Perhaps this is due to the ongoing rumors of a Switch 2, but the new Mario game is too good for it to pass on DLC.
The Argument for Super Mario Bros Wonder to Get the SSBU Treatment
Super Mario Bros. Wonder features playable characters previously left out of the spotlight, and it could open the door for a SSBU-like roster.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder’s Eccentricity Makes It A Breeding Ground For New Ideas
Nintendo took a lot of risks when it came to developing Super Mario Bros. Wonder, least of all was making a 2D game in 2023. Wonder is also the first title in the series where actor Charles Martinet is not present to voice the iconic character, symbolic of how the game changes the franchise. Despite the bittersweet nature of this fact, this only makes the case for DLC stronger.
Mario Wonder has such a fun game design that it shouldn’t just end with the base title. From the first time the player consumes the Elephant Mario power-up to the Wonder Flower possessing Piranha Plants and them bursting into song, it’s clear there are no creative limits. In DLC, this creativity could allow developers more innovative freedom when creating new levels.
A Chance To Make More Mario Characters Playable
Super Mario Bros. Wonder has eight playable characters (excluding color variations of Toad and Yoshi), by far the most in any 2D Mario game. Besides Yoshi and Nabbit, who can’t be damaged by enemies or use power-ups, they all play identically. While this disappointed some fans who were hoping for the same character variation that existed in Super Mario 3D World, this aspect of the game allowed Nintendo to include so many members of the Mario universe. On this note, potential DLC for Super Mario Bros. Wonder could mean that other characters could get a chance to jump down the iconic flagpole. It could be hilarious, yet refreshing to see characters such as Wario, Waluigi, Birdo, or even Petey Piranha join the world of 2D side-scrollers.
The New Badge Mechanic
The badge mechanic of Super Mario Bros. Wonder is one of the more unique additions to the franchise, as it allows the player to change a character’s ability before the start of any level. Examples include equipping a Parachute Cap for gliding or a Grappling Vine that can grab walls. It essentially makes up for the standardization of all the characters in the game and has the power to make every level feel more distinct. With the introduction of DLC, not only could more badges be introduced, but new levels could be specifically designed to complement the ones that already exist.
Ultimately, Super Mario Bros. Wonder and DLC would only enhance it even more, as it has plenty of room to grow by adding to any of the above, while also adding new levels to the game. A whole new region would be great to explore in Super Mario Bros. Wonder DLC, but whether that happens or not remains to be seen.
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A return to the franchise’s 2D side-scrolling roots, Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Supporting up to four-player co-op and featuring playable characters like Princess Peach and Luigi, Super Mario Bros. Wonder revamps a classic formula with fresh twists, including a mechanic called Wonder Effects that cause stages to come alive.
- October 20, 2023
- Nintendo EPD