One of the most unexpected surprises in this morning's Nintendo Direct presentation was the reveal of downloadable content for the Wii U's New Super Mario Bros. U. Nintendo is hard at work on a new expansion that replaces every stage in the game with revised and tweaked layouts starring Player 2 himself, Luigi, in new content that the company is calling New Super Luigi U. Here's how Nintendo explains it:
Nintendo is letting Luigi take over in new downloadable content that is coming in the Year of Luigi that provides alternate versions of the game's more than 80 stages. Players can freely change between the New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U stages. These Luigi-focused stages provide a whole new level of game-play challenge and will be available for purchase as a single download.
The New Super Luigi U add-on will be available later this year and, frankly, shows how DLC should be done. New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS has been criticized for offering small overpriced level packs exclusively for the Coin Rush mode, but this New Super Luigi U expansion may as well be an entirely new game (or, at least, a pseudosequel). Here's hoping that the end result lives up to the potential. Check out this video clip of the new content in action.