May 23, 2020 11:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“New Game+ awaits.”

So, you’ve purchased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, played it to death, loved every second of it and wish to keep the adventure going, but how? Once upon a time, back when we would purchase the games we love, it’s a case of compulsively playing them, playing them again and again until that’s your lot.

The only way the story would continue is if there was a sequel or another game in the series, but then came along Expansion Passes and DLC and while Nintendo was slow on the uptake, it’s finally something they’ve embraced wholeheartedly in the last decade and now those great games of theirs, have become games that keep on giving.

 

Granted, not every offering has provided players with free downloadable content, such as ARMS, Kirby Star Allies, Super Mario Odyssey, but there is a great number of titles that have unmissable paid DLC that well and truly help keep their associated games alive and those are the game’s we’re dedicating this guide to.

Any Deluxe or Definitive release that comes with all previously released DLC packaged in, will not get a mention in our line-up of games and nor will the likes of Daemon X Machina, which has a huge offering of DLC, but that’s Individual DLC, whereas we’re focusing on Packs and Expansion Passes, something you only need to purchase once but get tons of content in return.

 

What’s more, in this guide, we will only be focusing on games that offer DLC that have either been developed and/or published by Nintendo, although we will be including the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, purely because it is Mario in nature, and with the Donkey Kong Adventure story being part of it’s associated DLC pack, aka God tier DLC, it would be foolish not to include it.

Every game featured, are listed in alphabetical order, and will information regarding pricing and contents of said DLC. We’ve also provided the following list, so you know exactly what games we are covering:

  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Expansion Pass
  • Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3: Multiplayer Pack
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Season Pass
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass
  • Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass
  • Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass
  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fighters Pass
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fighters Pass Vol. 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass

 

Let’s get down to business, shall we?:

 

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Captain Toad™: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode ($5.99)

 

As of February 13th, 2019, you can purchase the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode DLC to continue your journey with eighteen new challenges, including five brand-new courses. Purchase and download this content before March 14th for early access to one of the courses! The remainder of the DLC will be available on March 14th. Naturally, you can play all of the courses with a friend or alone. Either way, you’ll dodge dangers and track treasures across many trap-filled miniature worlds; some are even based on the Super Mario Odyssey™ game!

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Expansion Pass ($24.99)

 

An expansion pass granting access to all additional content once it is released. The following content is included:

-Side Story: Cindered Shadows: (Released February 12, 2020)
Featuring a storyline spanning several chapters and separate from that of the main game, with all-new characters, locations and battles.

-Additional quests: (Released November 07, 2019)
Additional quests have been released. For more information, please see the relevant introductory page for this DLC.

-New Attires:
Pack 2: (Released November 07, 2019)
Pack 1: (Released September 10, 2019)
For more information, please see the relevant introductory pages for this DLC.

-Additional resources: (Released November 07, 2019)
Anna has been released for the additional resources included in the season pass.
For more information, please see the relevant introductory page for this DLC.

-Additional auxiliary battles: (Released September 10, 2019)
Additional auxiliary battles and a new song are now available.
For more information, please see the relevant introductory page for this DLC.

-Support items: (Released September 10, 2019)
The Sacred Items set of support items has been released.
For more information, please see the relevant introductory page for this DLC.

-Academy Uniform for protagonist: (Released July 26, 2019)
Allows the protagonist to change their clothing.
For more information, please see the relevant introductory page for this DLC.

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Fire Emblem Warriors Season Pass ($19.99)

 

This pass grants you access to three upcoming DLC packs at a discounted price. The three packs are as follows:

・Fire Emblem Fates DLC Pack
・Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon DLC Pack
・Fire Emblem Awakening DLC Pack

As a bonus, you’ll be able to use a new costume for Lucina, the Bride costume, from day of purchase.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3: Multiplayer Pack ($9.99)

 

The ghost hunt continues into 2020 with the Luigi’s Mansion™ 3 Multiplayer Pack DLC! This DLC adds chilling-yet-charming costumes that Luigi can sport in the ScareScraper mode and matching themes that transform the look of the tower’s floors! Keep your flashlight close, because new surprises might even be found lurking the halls of this ghoulish gauntlet! When you and your friends aren’t slamming and strobing your way through the ScareScraper, the new minigames this DLC brings to ScreamPark can make for some frightening…er, friendly competition.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Season Pass ($19.99)

 

Continue your journey through the twisted Mushroom Kingdom with the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Season Pass. Get access to exclusive weapons and 2 DLC packs as they’re released.

Get the Steampunk Pack, exclusively with the season pass, which includes an exclusive weapon for all eight heroes in a unique steampunk style.

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MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass ($19.99)

 

Expand your adventure and roster of playable characters in the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order game with the paid Expansion Pass, which grants access to three exclusive DLC packs that will become available as they release one at a time after the game’s launch and will not be available for individual purchase.

This paid Expansion Pass includes 3 DLC packs, which will become available as they release one at a time after the launch of MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order and will not be sold individually

■DLC 1 – Marvel Knights: Curse of the Vampire
Prepare to step into the boots of Punisher, Blade, Moon Knight, and Morbius—the Marvel Knights are joining the alliance! These playable characters are part of DLC Pack 1 included with the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass*, which also includes a new mode!

In Gauntlet Mode, up to four players** take on a frenzied series of co-op challenges in rapid succession to earn rewards. Once you’ve cleared a Gauntlet, you’ll unlock a survival-style version of it with ongoing waves of challenges. Find out how long you can last and see how your score stacks up with online*** rankings!

■DLC 2 – X-Men: Rise of the Phoenix
Dark Phoenix, the infinitely powerful cosmic entity from one of the X-Men’s greatest sagas, unleashes an era of fiery destruction! Four more X-Men join the alliance—Phoenix, Gambit, Ice Man, and Cable— with the purchase of the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass.

Compete against friends and foes in the newly added Danger Room mode! Players compete to see who can take down enemies while being barraged by buffs and debuffs.

■DLC 3 – 2020
• DLC packs will contain new content such as playable characters, modes, and additional story
• Includes content from popular franchises, like the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Marvel Knights
• Purchase the Expansion Pass to receive an in-game alternative-color chef outfit for Deadpool at game launch.

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Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass ($29.99)

 

Your adventure continues with the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, containing new stories to experience, new Pokémon to encounter, and new Wild Areas to explore! You’ll even meet new and returning Legendary Pokémon along the way! The Expansion Pass contains two expansions, releasing in June 2020 and fall 2020 respectively.

The following DLC is included:
The Isle of Armor: Scheduled for release by June 30, 2020
The Crown Tundra: Scheduled for release by November 30, 2020

Purchase benefits:
When you purchase the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, you’ll receive “Pikachu Uniform” and “Eevee Uniform” as a purchase bonus.
– When you purchase the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, you will receive an email to the address registered on your Nintendo account containing a serial code. Select “Mystery Gift” and “Get with Code/Password” from the in-game menu and enter the serial code.
– “Mystery Gifts” will be displayed in the menu when you visit the first Pokémon Center in the game. (Approximate play time: 1 hour)
– Subscription to Nintendo Switch Online (paid) is not required.
– Only one [Pikachu Uniform] and [Eevee Uniform] serial code can be used per save data. Each costume cannot be used for multiple save data.

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Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass ($29.99)

 

Your adventure continues with the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass, containing new stories to experience, new Pokémon to encounter, and new Wild Areas to explore! You’ll even meet new and returning Legendary Pokémon along the way! The Expansion Pass contains two expansions, releasing in June 2020 and fall 2020 respectively.

The following DLC is included:
The Isle of Armor: Scheduled for release by June 30, 2020
The Crown Tundra: Scheduled for release by November 30, 2020
Purchase benefits:
When you purchase the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass, you’ll receive “Pikachu Uniform” and “Eevee Uniform” as a purchase bonus.
– When you purchase the Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, you will receive an email to the address registered on your Nintendo account containing a serial code. Select “Mystery Gift” and “Get with Code/Password” from the in-game menu and enter the serial code.
– “Mystery Gifts” will be displayed in the menu when you visit the first Pokémon Center in the game. (Approximate play time: 1 hour)
– Subscription to Nintendo Switch Online (paid) is not required.
– Only one [Pikachu Uniform] and [Eevee Uniform] serial code can be used per save data. Each costume cannot be used for multiple save data.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fighters Pass ($19.99)

 

Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon™ 2 game! This full-on single-player adventure spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens without her memories on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer* matches as an Octoling!

You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Purchase this content today for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fighters Pass ($24.99)

 

Expand your roster of fighters with the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate Fighters Pass for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game! Purchase the Fighters Pass now to get access to five additional playable fighters, five stages, and additional music. Announced fighters include Joker, the Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry Bogard, and Byleth!

This Fighters Pass contains all five Challenger Packs.

Challenger Pack 1 includes Joker as a playable fighter, his stage, and a selection of music.

Challenger Pack 2 includes Hero as a playable fighter, his stage, and a selection of music.

Challenger Pack 3 includes Banjo & Kazooie as a playable fighter, their stage, and a selection of music from the Banjo-Kazooie™ series.

Challenger Pack 4 includes Terry Bogard as a playable fighter, his stage, and a selection of music from SNK titles.

Challenger Pack 5 includes Byleth as a playable fighter, their stage, and a selection of music from the Fire Emblem series.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Fighters Pass Vol. 2 ($29.99)

 

Expand your roster of fighters with the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game! Purchase this Fighters Pass now to get access to six additional playable fighters, plus additional stages, and music as they release.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass VOL. 2 will contain six Challenger Packs.

The contents of Challenger Pack 6 through Challenger Pack 11 have not been announced yet, but they’re still included with the purchase of this Fighters Pass.

● Fighters Pass Bonus Mii Fighter Costume (Ancient Soldier)
A special bonus for Fighters Pass Vol. 2 owners.
 - Ancient Helm
 - Ancient Soldier Gear

Challenger Pack 1 through Challenger Pack 5 of the original Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass are not included and are sold separately.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion Pass ($19.99)

 

The expansion pass includes DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials and DLC Pack 2: The Champions’ Ballad.
Expansion Pass Bonus:
• Three treasure chests with in-game clothing exclusive to the expansion pass will be added to the Great Plateau.
DLC Pack 1: The Master Trials will include the following:
1. Trial of the Sword – Visit a certain location to challenge the Trial of the Sword, where you must vanquish waves of enemies to progress from one room to the next. You will start this challenge without any armor, equipment, or food items to aid you. If you complete all 45 rooms, Link’s mind and body will be strong enough to wield the Master Sword’s full power and splendor any time the sword is usable!

2. Hero’s Path Mode – View the path you’ve taken on your journey. It will record your journey for up to 200 hours of gameplay. Use this feature to find shrines and Koroks! You can even manually adjust the replay speed.

3. Master Mode – In Master Mode, most enemies you encounter will be one tier higher than they originally were. There is also a new top tier of enemies that don’t appear in Normal Mode! Additionally, enemies will recover health if you stop attacking them, and they will also notice Link more easily. You also might find enemies and treasure chests floating in the air!

4. Travel Medallion – The Travel Medallion will be hidden in a treasure chest somewhere. Place it at your current location and you will be able to travel there whenever you please. You can only register one location at a time, but this addition should aid you in your journey.

5. 8 clothing items hidden in treasure chests – Items honoring the legacy of The Legend of Zelda series (Majora’s Mask, Midna’s Helmet, Tingle’s Hood, Tingle’s Shirt, Tingle’s Tights, Phantom Helmet, Phantom Armor, and Phantom Greaves) will be hidden in 8 treasure chests scattered across Hyrule. There are hints to help you find these items hidden somewhere as well. Search for these hints and treasures while you journey across Hyrule!

6. Korok Mask – The Korok Mask is an item that will be hidden in a treasure chest somewhere in Hyrule, and unlike the 8 items mentioned above, this one has a special ability. When Link wears this mask, it will shake when a hidden Korok is nearby!

DLC Pack 2: The Champions’ Ballad will include the following:
1. The Champions’ Ballad – A mysterious voice beckons Link to challenge the Divine Beast Tamer’s Trials. He must now prove himself by defeating enemies using the One-Hit Obliterator, conquering new Shrines, challenging a full dungeon, and overcoming many trials along the way. Once all challenges and trials have been bested, Link will obtain a new power known as the Master Cycle Zero!
Additionally, the bard Kass is traveling Hyrule to complete the unfinished song his teacher left behind. As Link and Kass chase their respective goals, Kass will share new original songs he wrote capturing lost memories of the four Champions and Zelda, previously unknown to Link. But that unfinished song… What could it be?

*To play The Champions’ Ballad, you must first complete the Main Quest to free the four Divine Beasts.

2. 9 clothing items hidden in treasure chests – Items honoring the legacy of The Legend of Zelda series will be hidden in 9 treasure chests scattered across Hyrule, including the Island Lobster Shirt, Ravio’s Hood, Zant’s Helmet, Phantom Ganon Skull, Phantom Ganon Armor, Phantom Ganon Greaves, and a Royal Guard outfit (complete with Royal Guard Cap, Royal Guard Uniform, and Royal Guard Boots).

3. Ancient Horse Gear – The Ancient Bridle will increase a horse’s number of spurs while equipped. The Ancient Saddle will allow you to call your horse no matter how far away they are. Both of these items will appear in treasure chests somewhere in Hyrule.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass ($29.99)

 

If you own the Xenoblade Chronicles™ 2 game and buy this Expansion Pass, you’ll gain access to some titanic new content, including new Rare Blades such as Shulk and Fiora, bonus items, new quests, Challenge Battle mode, and the new stand-alone game, Xenoblade Chronicles™ 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country!

In Xenoblade Chronicles™ 2, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends. You’ll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.

We hope you found this guide helpful!

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