Downloadable Content (abbreviated as DLC) is additional content available after the release of the game and needs to be downloaded via Nintendo eShop or other sites to be available in the game. Unlike other games for which downloadable content is developed before the game is released, Masahiro Sakurai revealed that all DLC was created after the game's release. DLC comes in the form of new fighters, stages, music, Mii costumes, and other extra content, both in paid and free forms.
Downloadable content is available in two of the Super Smash Bros. games:
Patch Updates make up the majority of downloadable content. They are downloadable content that changes the game's features. Most patches are free to download with a copy of the game. Patch updates can include:
- Adding new fighters, stages, and Mii costumes, some for free or by making them purchasable.
- Adding new modes or new features to existing modes.
- Tweaking character attributes to balance them.
- Tweaking game physics to create a more enjoyable playing experience.
- Fixing glitches