Nintendo Kisses Up to 3DS Early Adopters: 20 Free, Exclusive Games Including Zelda, Mario, and Metroid

Following news of a $80 price cut on the 3DS coming a mere 6 months after the system’s release early tech adopters and Nintendo’s most loyal fans are bound to be feeling a little peeved. Worry not Nintendudes! The house that Mario build wants you to know that they appreciate your support and plans to make it all good with 20(!) free downloadable games for your little 3D buddy.

Anyone who uses their 3DS to log into Nintendo’s eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11 will be automatically be registered in the “Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program”.


Nintendo of America’s press release details the program as follows:

  1. Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.
  2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi's Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
  3. More details about this program will be announced in the future.

There you have it! With heavy hitters suck as Zelda, Super Mario, Mario Kart, and Metroid on the list Nintendo may have actually made the their system more attractive to their fan base BEFORE the price drop. 20 free games including early releases and ports of GBA titles that will be unavailable any other way. Now how much would you pay? $80?

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