You’ve probably heard by now that the first wave of downloadable titles for the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program is available. These ten NES Classics are a nice mix of some of the best games ever made, from Super Mario Bros. to Legend of Zelda to cult favorites like Wrecking Crew and Ice Climbers. One would assume that downloading these games would be as simple as logging on to the Nintendo eShop and simply picking an “NES Classics” options, but this is Nintendo we’re talking about.
Nintendo being Nintendo (which is not a compliment), they make you a jump a few hurdles just to get to the games. Namely, that you have to dig through some eShop menus just to get to the content you want. From there, you have to download… I mean, “redownload” (probably so they won’t count as new purchases) the games individually. After each successful download (they take less than 20 seconds each game), you have to sift through the menus again to get to the games. Good times.
To be fair, it’s a minor hassle that gets you a very nice suite of classic games, and I even recorded the whole process. Now I didn’t expect it to take 15 minutes, but repetition of the act allowed me the chance to let my mind wander into other things, such as answering text messages and emails, put together some notes for my Kobe Bryant Card of the Day article for my Examiner gig, and listen to “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour twice.
Once you download all of the games, you can also download a Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Certificate, which is basically a static screen with some text rolling at the bottom. You might not download it for space reasons, but I totally recommend that you do, if only for the amazing music. I wish elevators had music this fun and uplifting.