That's right, if you were one of the early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS, you'll be able to get 20 free games from Nintendo. We all know that the Nintendo 3DS sales haven't been that great and a price drop was sure to come. I personally was expecting a price drop next year because the Nintendo system sales rise during the holidays. Please note that not everyone is going to be able to elidgable for this program. So many of you will be out of luck. On the other hand, the early 3DS will be able to dowload for some great games (for free) that's sure to make many of you weep with envy.
Nintendo's new price point will be $169.99 instead of the $249.99
$250 - $170= $80 (without tax)
Just to get it out of the way, the following games (thus far) will be able to download these games before they become avaiable to the general public:
NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™
GAME BOY ADVANCE
Yoshi's Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™.
What is required of the early Adoptee's are as followed:
*** The program starts September 1
*** You must connect your Nintendo 3DS ((at least ONCE)) to be a part of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program but once you do, you good
*** You must do this before 11:59 (PM) September 11 eastern time
I'm assuming that if you decide to buy the Nintendo 3DS before the 11th and connect your Nintendo 3DS to the eShop that you'll be eligible as well but it would probably be more wise just to wait since we don't know how each game will be individually priced or the simple fact that these downloadable VC games more then likely won't equal the $80 difference. But if they do equal more *$80 worth, I for one will not be the one complaining.
If updated, I will update this accordingly.
He's what Nintendo had to say.
An exciting message for people who own a Nintendo 3DS and those who want to:
Nintendo of America today announced plans to drop the suggested retail price of its portable Nintendo 3DS™ system to $169.99 in the United States. The new price takes effect Aug. 12 and makes an outstanding value even better.
Building on the popularity of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, which launched June 19, the upcoming game calendar for Nintendo 3DS is a Who's Who of iconic video game franchises. Star Fox 64™ 3D arrives on Sept. 9, followed by Super Mario™ 3D Land in November, Mario Kart™ 7 in December and Kid Icarus™: Uprising during the holiday season.
And don't forget that Nintendo 3DS has a bunch of fun features, including Nintendo Video™, the Nintendo eShop and access to Netflix, that make it a must-have video game system.
But what about the 830,000 of you who already own a Nintendo 3DS? You're some of Nintendo's most loyal customers, and we're rewarding you for getting in on the action early with not one, not 10, but 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop! Here's how it works:
The 20 free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:
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.
More details about this program will be announced in the future.
It's a great time to own a Nintendo 3DS!
--Your Friends at Nintendo of America
Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program **UPDATE**
It would seem that some of these games will be getting some kind of upgrade of some fashion. IGN states that it be multiplayer so my guess would that it would be 3DS to 3DS local wireless play. Which considering that Nintendo and 3rd party publishers for the most part make a few cosmetic changes (eg. removal of product brands- Wave Racer 64) simply through in a rom in the oven and call it day. Though I doubt that we'll have to worry about things like that with these releases. This is nothworthy.
This News from IGN.
In its announcement of the "Nintendo 3DS Ambassador" program, Nintendo revealed that NES and GBA games would be coming to the 3DS eShop. Additionally, Nintendo hinted that the NES games would be upgraded in some fashion when they were fully available for sale in the eShop.
"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," reads Nintendo's press release.
I fired over some questions to Nintendo, as the press release hardly covered all of the key questions such a program raised.
When I asked for a full list of the program's NES and GBA games, as well as if there would actually be more than 20 to choose from, Nintendo simply said it would announce more details in the future.
While not knowing the full roster, I wondered what an "upgraded" NES title would feature. Were these titles becoming 3D c lassics? Not quite. "These will be 2D games. They are not 3D ****cs. When the NES games become available to the general public later this year, they will include additional features such as multiplayer simultaneous play. Ambassadors will then be able to download those updated version at no cost," a Nintendo spokesperson told me.
It's easy to get excited about the presence of NES and GBA titles on the 3DS, but Nintendo was quick to shut down my inquiry about whether the NES and GBA libraries could be considered eligible for routine eShop updates. "Beyond this offer, we have nothing more to announce at this time, although the press release does indicate that the NES games will eventually be available for sale to the public," Nintendo said.
Nintendo made sure to specify a deadline for becoming an ambassador - just before the price of the 3DS lowers - but would the free games only be available for a limited time? Would the program end? Nintendo wouldn't comment for the time being.
Lastly, I wanted to know if the price drop of the 3DS would affect Nintendo's pricing of the DS Lite ($99.99), DSi ($149.99) or DSi XL ($169.99). Nintendo said "No."