After launching successful downloadable expansions for Wii U titles such as Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors, and of course Super Smash Bros., it's only natural that the company would keep the DLC train rolling with additional content for the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Launching for both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game, the $20 Expansion Pass adds three new bundles of content throughout 2017. You even get Link's iconic Nintendo Switch shirt! Here's some of the press release:
Starting when the game launches on March 3, players will be able to purchase an Expansion Pass for $19.99, granting access to two new sets of downloadable content for the game when they become available later this year. Immediately upon pre-purchase or purchase of the Expansion Pass, three new treasure chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area. One of these treasure chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo that Link can wear during his adventure, exclusive to the Expansion Pass. The other two will deliver useful items. The first content pack is scheduled to launch this summer, and will include the addition of a Cave of Trials challenge, a new hard mode and a new feature for the in-game map. The second content pack will launch in Holiday 2017, and adds new challenges that will let players enjoy a new dungeon and a new original story. The Expansion Pass will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game and are identical. Content packs cannot be purchased individually.
If you've missed out on Nintendo's take on the season pass in the past few years and are immediately assuming that this is a DLC cash grab like other publishers have been known to offer, I think based on past experience you can relax. Nintendo took its time getting into the season pass game and, once it did, made a point to offer a lot of value for the extra money. I've purchased past passes for a variety of Wii U games and have never been disappointed. Sure, offering a Switch logo shirt for Link at launch is a little goofy, but I trust the company to deliver on its stated intentions.