Remember Nintendo's E-Reader & Cards?

I was thinking about how it's now the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., and Nintendo is releasing Super Mario All Stars on the Wii Dec. 12th, not to mention special edition red Wii systems and DSIs also. But, anyway, remember back when Super Mario Bros. 3 was remade for the GBA as Super Mario Advance 4 and they had an added feature to the game that if you had one of those E-Reader things and the cards to go with it that you could load new levels and extra power-ups into the games. It was a pretty neat gimmick and somewhat ahead of it's time. So, now with all of the hype with DLC nowadays, and with yet another re-release of the classic SMB games, why doesn't Nintendo just come back out with all those extra levels and stuff that you used to be able to get on those cards, but instead somehow make them DLC that you can get through Wii points. Also, it doesn't have to stop with just these classic Mario games. Just think how awesome new Zelda levels would be that you could just download, or all the great stuff they could do with the juggernaut that is the Pokemon franchise.

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Posted by Darth Paul

I was thinking about how it's now the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., and Nintendo is releasing Super Mario All Stars on the Wii Dec. 12th, not to mention special edition red Wii systems and DSIs also. But, anyway, remember back when Super Mario Bros. 3 was remade for the GBA as Super Mario Advance 4 and they had an added feature to the game that if you had one of those E-Reader things and the cards to go with it that you could load new levels and extra power-ups into the games. It was a pretty neat gimmick and somewhat ahead of it's time. So, now with all of the hype with DLC nowadays, and with yet another re-release of the classic SMB games, why doesn't Nintendo just come back out with all those extra levels and stuff that you used to be able to get on those cards, but instead somehow make them DLC that you can get through Wii points. Also, it doesn't have to stop with just these classic Mario games. Just think how awesome new Zelda levels would be that you could just download, or all the great stuff they could do with the juggernaut that is the Pokemon franchise.

Posted by LiquidPrince

So basically you want Wii DLC.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Ahead of its time? Not really; it was kinda gimmicky, to be honest. Satellaview was ahead of its time, though.

Posted by Darth Paul

@LiquidPrince - In a word, yes.
@Video_Game_KIng - I did mention that it was a gimmick, and actually never really had one myself, but my younger brother did; and what I meant by "ahead of it's time" is that it was something of a precursor to today's DLC. If you really think about it, DLC is sort of the same thing, but without the need for the cards.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@darth_paul: 
 
But again, Satellaview and Sega Channel were doing the exact same things when the Internet was barely a thing.
Posted by Darth Paul

Well, those were Japan only right? As far as I know nothing like that has ever been available in the U.S.

Posted by Gaff

Strangely enough, SEGA Channel started in the US.

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