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Nintendo makes the New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Classics Pack DLC free

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 was probably pretty shocking for some players. Not because it showed us a side of Mario that was as gold-grubbing and greedy as Wario though, but because it showed us a side of Nintendo that was. It is the first Super Mario game to support DLC in the form of additional level packs. Yes, the extra packs are optional and only cost $2.50 each, but it still was a bit of a shock. Still, it seems players’ greed is most impressive of all, as Nintendo’s been tracking New Super Mario Bros. 2 data and says we’ve collected helped Mario collect 300 billion coins. So it’s rewarding us for our greed with the Gold Classics Pack.

The Gold Classics Pack is the latest New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC add-on. It is a six level pack for a Coin Rush mode that’s all about racing Mario or Luigi through, grabbing as much gold as possible. What makes the Gold Classics Pack special is the fact that it’s based on classic Super Mario Bros. game levels. This pack, in particular, only contains remade stages from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. Nintendo didn’t mention which stages, so if you have New Super Mario Bros. 2, you’ll have to log onto the eShop whille the Gold Classics Pack is free to find out.

Yes, I said “while” it’s free. Nintendo is generous, but not that generous. The New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Classics Pack DLC will eventally cost real money again. It’s only free until January 31, 2013. That should give existing owners and people getting New Super Mario Bros. 2 as a gift over the holidays plenty of time to download the Gold Classics Pack. After January 31, it will cost $2.50 like all of the other Coin Rush stage packs.

Read [BusinessWire]

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