The forthcoming 3DS title will mark Nintendo's first ever season pass, with users able to save $2.98 on the individual pack price by opting to purchase everything together.
This is new ground for Nintendo, a company that has been slow in adopting the same digital distribution methods as its competitors, but it could prove to be a step in the right direction, with players having the option to add six new courses and three new characters to their gameplay experience by purchasing the season pass.
Speaking about the decision to offer a DLC bundle, Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt said:
We’re letting fans expand their experience with Mario Golf: World Tour.Some players might be content hitting the links on the numerous courses already included with the game, while others will appreciate the option of being able to add to their fairway fun with new courses and characters.
The three packs included in the season pass, which can be purchased individually, have already been confirmed as the Mushroom Pack (which includes the new character Toadette and launches alongside the game on May 2nd), the Flower Pack (which adds Nabbit as a playable character and will launch later in May), and the Star Pack (which includes Rosaline and will be available at some stage in June).
The Mario Golf: World Tour season pass will be available from May 2nd priced at $14.99, and buyers will also get Gold Mario as a special playable character as part of the deal.
Nintendo has also confirmed that it'll be running special trial tournaments, which will offer a taste of the various downloadable courses to help players decide whether or not they want to make the purchase, which is a refreshing approach.