Our Mario Party Superstars DLC page details all updates and any future content additions for new characters, boards, and minigames.
Let’s get this out of the way quick. As of now, there are no publicly known plans for Mario Party Superstars DLC. News about potential DLC could come at a moment. It could be announced during the next Nintendo Direct and it can also be announced randomly through a Twitter post on a random Tuesday night. Time will tell!
Evidence of Mario Party Superstars DLC?
We’ve got a lot of sleuths in the Mario Party community. Although none of these points confirm the existence of DLC, many of these pieces of evidence suggest there may be additional content in store for Mario Party Superstars. Let’s go over each one!
The image below shows a look at the eShop page for Mario Party Superstars. Notice anything interesting? Just below the purchase button is a quick note that states:
Offers In-Game Purchases
Huh! That’s quite peculiar. As of now, Mario Party Superstars doesn’t feature any kind of additional content that can be purchased in or out of the game.
Perhaps this just applies to the fact that online play can only be accessed with a paid Nintendo Switch Online account? Probably not, actually. We took a look at some of the most popular Switch games to see which ones had the extra note about in-game purchases. Those that are in bold feature online functionality.
Those that did not have the in-game purchases notice:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Metroid Dread
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Mario Maker 2
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Paper Mario: The Origami King
Those that did have the in-game purchases notice:
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- Splatoon 2
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Luigi’s Mansion 3
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- Among Us
- Mario Golf: Super Rush
As you can see, the list of games with additional paid content are correctly listed with the notice. Interestingly, Animal Crossing: New Horizons does not have the notice but this could be due to the eShop page not being updated as the DLC is relatively new. On the other hand, Mario Golf: Super Rush does not have in-game purchases but still has the notice. Perhaps there is something big coming for that game too?
Mario Party Superstars is in the in-game purchases category. Let’s hope this pans out!
Datamined Placeholders for Boards?
Like I said, we’ve got a lot of detectives in the Mario Party community! A few fans went the extra mile and found their way into the internal files of Mario Party Superstars. There they found a group of board related files. Each file in this group contained the contents of one of the five boards in the game. Here’s a look at the files:
According to the fine folk at the Mario Party subreddit, the files marked 01-05 correspond with each of the five boards. The file marked 00 is some kind of test file developers used during development. The interesting part comes with two remaining files marked 10 and 99, both of which are essentially empty files with a name following the pattern of the other board files.
Are these two extra files placeholders for additional boards? It can go either way. It can very much be leftover files from development that have no real significance or it’s simply a temporary file that will be replaced with an actual board file once an update is released. Makes it easier for the developers to get that added in!
Character Sticker Exclusions
It’s also worth noting the numbering of the internal file names for the stickers used in Mario Party Superstars. Each playable character has three sticker variations, but each sticker file name stays consistent with that character’s number. Here’s which characters get which number:
- 1 – Mario
- 2 – Luigi
- 3 – Peach
- 4 – Daisy
- 5 – Wario
- 6 – Waluigi
- 7 – Yoshi
- 8 – ?
- 9 – ?
- 10 – ?
- 11 – Rosalina
- 12 – Donkey Kong
- 13 – Birdo
See that? Three missing characters in the list. Again, this could be mean absolutely nothing! But it’s interesting that such a gap exists. Are there three characters that belong in those slots? Why do they come after Yoshi and before Rosalina? Do take note, there does not seem to be any placeholder files. This just a strange jump in numbering.
It’s also worth noting that adding an odd number of characters could still work in the character select screen. Currently the “random” option acts as the eleventh option so adding three more characters would bring the number of options on the character select to 14.
King Bob-omb and the Unused Sticker
First up, there’s an unused sticker in the data files! A sticker featuring a Paratroopa surrounded by four arrows didn’t make it into the game but still exists in the files. Possibly a sticker that will be used in a future update?
The other oddity is the fact that King Bob-omb has his own sticker yet isn’t featured in the game in any way. Every other sticker in Mario Party Superstars features a character that has at least one role in the game. Perhaps this points to future content that does include the explosive king? For reference here is where King Bob-omb appears throughout the ten games:
- Mystery Land background cameo (MP2 board)
- Defuse or Lose (MP5 minigame)
- You’re the Bob-omb (MP8 minigame)
- Bombard King Bob-omb (MP9 boss minigame)
King Bob-omb also appears as a boss in both Island Tour and Star Rush and has his own board called King Bob-omb’s Powerderkeg Mine in Super Mario Party. And don’t forget his important role in Mario Party Advance!
Like most modern games, Mario Party Superstars will continue to receive updates after release to fix and other issues that need to be addressed. So far there has only been one update but it’s likely there will be another to address the Snowball Summit computer glitch and the Dizzy Dancing softlock.
Here’s a list of every Mario Party Superstars update along with its version number, date of release, and list of changes.
We’ll update this page as soon as any news on DLC or any kind of update is released.