Nintendo made a pretty major announcement this morning: As of August 12 of this year, the Nintendo 3DS will be getting a permanant proce drop to $169.99 in the US. This $80 drop in price is, of course, an excellent opportunity for those who have been on the fence about the 3DS to jump in.
But what about all the poor early adopters, such as myself, who bought the 3DS already? Under normal circumstances, we would be left in the dust to silently regret our enthusiasm for the new system – However, with the price cut coming a mere four months (!) after the initial launch, these circumstances are far from normal. So, in regards to that, Nintendo has also announced the “Ambassador program.”
The details of the program so far are that those who have already bought a 3DS system – or buy one any day before August 12 – and take it online via the eShop are eligible to download 20 – yes, 20 – upcoming NES and Gameboy Advance Virtual Console games at NO charge. The games are being pre-selected, so you don’t exactly get a choice of which free games you get, but there are some true classics in there. Only half of the free games have been announced so far:
NES (available to Ambassadors September 1, before they come out on the eShop):
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda
GBA (these games are exclusive to Ambassadors and are not currently slated to be released otherwise, and will be available by the end of 2011):
- Super Mario Advance 3 (Yoshi’s Island)
- Mario Kart Super Circuit
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare, Inc.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong