3DS Ambassador GBA games released

Early adopters for Nintendo's handheld can now download second batch of free games including Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.


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.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap leads the second wave of 3DS Ambassador offerings.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap leads the second wave of 3DS Ambassador offerings.

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
Metroid Fusion
Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island
Wario Land 4
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames

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No pokeman =/

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I got my 10 free GBA games having a blast with them. Now I hope Nintendo will release some more awesome GBA games in the eshop. Like Pokemon, Golden Suns, Legend of Zelda Ocarle of Ages/Seasons and Pokemon Blue, Red, and Yellow. And still waiting on those games. I pray they do them

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it's not GBA without Pokemon or Golden Sun

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I remember looking down the list going "meh" but then I played Fire Emblem. Wow, didn't expect it to be that good.

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I love that these are actually good games, Nintendo could've given away crap games but they actually gave us awesome games like minish cap and yoshi's island

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as awesome as this is, I can't help but feel left out seeing as I haven't been able to afford one until now. If they at least had plans to release the games to the general public I'd feel appeased. @1MetalMusicMan1 ahahaha, yeah you obviously have no idea how it works.

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@Super-Poke-Bros It really saddens me that people don't appreciate Yoshi's island... its one of my most favorite games from my childhood.

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Pretty awesome stuff. I still have all of my GBA games which include 4 of these, but I noticed a couple of years ago that my Metroid Fusion cartridges' battery was done for since I couldn't save anymore. I kinda wish they would have provided a list of 20 games that we could have chosen 10 from. I was a big fan of the GBA back in high school and have 2 GBAs, 1 GBA SP, and 2 DS Lites so there are a few games that I would have rather had like Breath of Fire, Golden Sun, Final Fantasy Tactics, Pokemon, Tactics Ogre (Hmm, guess I really liked them RPGs on the GBA XD).

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I must admit the ambassador program has been nothing short of awesome for us early adoptees. Plus i feel with the release of the mario games and one or two 3rd party crackers, the console is starting to take off in my ey!es and everyone elses judging by current sales firgures. so woooott for ninty

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@kiramasaki You could, but none of those games would work with your 3DS, as it doesn't have a GBA cartridge slot. You'd be getting something of "actual value" that you couldn't play.

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Excellent. Good list of games. Nintendo really didn't have to give anything to the people who bought the 3DS at launch. Giving 20 games that would probably sell for $5 to $8 on the Virtual Console is quite generous, given that the price cut was only $80.

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This is the best christmas gift EVAH

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Would be nice if the golden sun games made it, easily the best rpgs on the gba.

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Great list. Minish Cap!!!

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Anyone else notice the irony in that during the 25th anniversary of the Zelda franchise Nintendo starts an ambassador program with three Zelda games the same year.

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So far, my only issues with the games are... 1) Why can't we suspend the game to go to Home and visit the Browser, Notifications, etc.? 2) It would have been really awesome if they tweaked the games to allow for local wireless play between 3DS to 3DS, even better if it's with Download Play.

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@VirtualTofu What? :( To me Super Mario Advance 3/Yoshi's Island is one of the best Mario games, almost as good as Super Mario World. Too bad I really enjoyed that truly awesome game. It's actually the only one of the 10 I've ever played.

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6 hours into fire emblem and it's only just begun

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Seems like all the fan-boys that bought the system when it was over priced would already have these games. I don't mean to sound mean, but these seem like the basics.

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Sweet! I lost my copy of Mario Kart, I played Minish Cap but never owned it, and I never got the chance to play the others. Nintendo has just made my Christmas!

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Bought my 3DS at launch. I definitely did not regret it. :) Great system and nice bonuses. :D

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Yeah you can get these games, but you won't be able to play them on the 3ds the cartridge is too big. You'd have to shell out some more money for a GBA and all of these games, and who wants a used 3ds? not me.

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Glad I didnt wast 250 bucks on the 3ds. I can get a used 3ds on the market for under 130, and buy real copies of those games, and get something of actual value. But I suppose a fool who parts with his money has to console himself somehow.

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Glad I got my 3DS early. Great list of games, much better then the majority of the first wave. Now I'm just waiting for RE: Revelations and an EU release of Monster Hunter.

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Now I can officially say that I'm a proud 3DS ambassador.And I lol at those who regretted getting the 3DS after the price cut. :P

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Darn, I got my 3DS after the price cut. No classic GBA games for me ;(

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Wow, what an awesome spread! I have most of them, but F Zero and Fire Emblem are completely new to me :D

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Never got to play Fire Emblem: SS and Zelda: MC, so... yay! Metroid Fusion is freaking fantastic to have on the 3DS too.

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@ Silos911 If you like Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land then you should definitely download 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure on 3DSWare considering Nightmare in Dream Land was the remake of Kirby's Adventure. The release of that game was probably the reason why Nintendo choose Kirby and the Amazing Mirror as one of the GBA Ambassador title over Nightmare in Dream Land. Can't have the same game at the same time.

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aww no SMB3??

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I wish we got Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland instead of Amazing Mirror. I have played and beaten both, and I think nightmare in Dreamland is the better game. Not a big deal, it's a free game and I can't really complain especially considering the other nine are great. Thanks Nintendo.

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Finally! Ive really been looking forward to the final wave of free games

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I've beaten Metroid Fusion at least 5 or 6 times,and yet I'm STILL pumped for it every time I turn it on.Now I carry it with me everywhere I go. And Yoshi's Island was always one of my very favorite games of all time on the SNES,now I have it too.Plus,I missed out on some of these titles,so I'm glad I can go back and enjoy them retro style. Thank you very much Nintendo!

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Minish Cap, here I come!!! Merry Christmas Nintendo!

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i'm very happy with this, I was almost sure they were going to release them for Christmas, anyway this is a huge gold mine, though i'm pleased, maybe another advance...no no they're all awesome!

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Hehe, these games are awesome.

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geez Nintendo aims to please.

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these games are gold

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I can understand all the people who wanted these games to be sold on the e-Shop. However, you have to remember that these GBA games are not 'polished' yet: it doesn't have a save state, doesn't work with 'sleep mode' for the 3DS, no multiplayer functionality, no screen resolution adjustment and the GBA emulator may not be stable at the moment. Rushing these games to be offered to the e-Shop would be a PR disaster for the Big N when they cannot offer anymore GBA games for months due to bugs in the software. Hopefully, something will be announced by next year at E3 regarding the 3DS e-shop.

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You know, I completely forgot about the Advance line of Mario games, will definitely look those up again

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Glad I am an ambassador

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Man GBA games are harder than the DS 3DS games. Love the challenge. Metroid Fusion has like a secret in like every room that it is crazy. Mario Kart and F-Zero are challenging and Yoshi's Island has expected difficulty. / Wario land 4 is okay and I need to try the rest.

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I'm glad that of all those ten titles only one is a port (Yoshi's Island) whereas the rest are actually GBA exclusive titles.

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this was great for me since i had none of these games - much better than the nes games ill try them all but racings games are really not my thing

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I really think they should put nes and super nes and gamecube just like they did on will. Or they need to do make small ports of it and this could be aslo be the part selling the 3DS even more , Nindendo and gamespot plz make it happen and aslo GBA games as well.

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I know I paid the reduced price for my 3ds and all but I would LOVE to BUY some of these on the eshop, why wouldn't they release them? It cant be a space issue, these games would sell much better than some of the crap on the eshop right now. Oh well....I guess I should have filled a form out, even though I didn't have one at the time.....=(

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My only complaint in thhe GBA list is the fact they gave me two racing games wich is one of my least favriot genres. Mario kart is alot of fun and I'll always enjoy it but that AND

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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Never cared to play and still don't) F-Zero Maximum Velocity: (Favorite F-Zero game, recently traded in) Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (My bro will love this) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (A great game I owned twice, but never beat; Still own a cartridge) Mario Kart Super Circuit (Never played it until I got a copy for $4 45 days ago and recently sold due to the 3DS version coming out) Mario Vs Donkey Kong (Always interested in playing, but never shelled ouf the money for it) Metroid Fusion (My favorite Metroid game; owned it twice before) Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Never played it utnil around June on SNES for $10. Decent game, but certainly not a real Mario game) Warior Land 4 (I remember beating this game within 2-3 days, but it took a week to get 100% on it) Warioware, Inc.: Mega Microgames (My bro has this game and I admit, I love it. This one will keep me playing 3DS after every other game is completed)