When Nintendo cut the price of the 3DS by one-third within six months of launching the handheld, it offered consolation for early adopters by promising they would be able to download 20 free games for the system by year's end. The company made good on that promise today, launching the second wave of 10 titles on the 3DS eShop.
Today's wave of games was pulled from the Game Boy Advance catalog and spans the publisher's most famous franchises, including Mario, Zelda, F-Zero, and Kirby. Unlike the first wave of 3DS Ambassador games, which will eventually be made available on the system's eShop, Nintendo has said there are no plans to put the GBA titles up for purchase on the downloadable storefront.
The first wave of 3DS Ambassador games featured 10 NES games, from classics like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda to lesser known offerings like Wrecking Crew and Balloon Fight. Those games were made available for Ambassadors in September.
For those who joined the 3DS Ambassador program by accessing the eShop before the price cut (or filling out an online form before September 30), the games are available in the system account's section of previously purchased titles. To find the list, enter the eShop, open the "Settings / Other" menu on the far left of the interface, and scroll down to select "Your Downloads." The games will be listed there, and players can download them using the "Redownload" option.
A list of the 10 newly added titles with links to their original GameSpot reviews follows below:
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island
Wario Land 4
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames