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Nintendo Gives More Details On 3DS Ambassador Program

 

Since Nintendo announced the huge price slash for its sorta-flailing 3DS handheld ($250 to $170), they’ve promised early adopters 20 free virtual console titles. But, until now, they have kept mum on the specifics of the program. On September 1st, they will release 10 free NES games to those early adopters of the 3DS. Gameinformer reports on the downside to this:

However, they’re considered unfinished “priority delivery” versions of the games with only a basic electronic manual and the Virtual Console suspend function like on the Wii. Once the games eventually become available on the eShop, they’ll include full functionality including actual restore points (like the Game Boy VC titles), simultaneous local co-op (think Ice Climbers), and complete electronic manuals. All ambassadors will get these updates for free.

So you cut the price of the system by nearly $100 not four months after its release, promise early adopters decades old titles we’ve all played and owned numerous times, and then give us the basest, most bare-bones version of said games? Give me the new Mario or StarFox for free if you want me to keep quiet and happy. But c’mon. The people who bought the 3DS on day one, I guarantee you, have owned if not all, then at least one of these Ambassador games at one point in their life. And, you know, I feel like I wouldn’t be as cross if I had actual games I was playing on my 3DS currently. And, wouldn’t ya know, the only games I have for it are 3D remakes of ten year old titles. I’m seeing a pattern here, Nintendo…

Source: gameinformer.com

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  • Badrwb

    What you said is true but not everyone has said games still or haven’t played them in a long time like myself so ill take these 10 freegames I’m more waiting for the GBA games to come out but nice post was a good read:)

  • takopako

    i dont understand the complaint about the “barebones” versions of the games if we’re getting the updates for free. lol. basically to keep us happy, theyre giving them to us before theyre even complete and before anyone else. thats pretty cool in itself. and they didnt have to give us the upgraded versions for free, but they did. heck, they didnt have to give us anything, lol. most other companies dont.

  • Dme0785

    Okay I’ll admit I am and have been a fanboy since day one of NES. Honestly the game selection so far will all get some attention from me for nostalgia reasons. Even the un mentioned I’m sure are going to be just as good as ones already known. Even though I’ve beaten most of them, I’m sure they will be just as exciting… Now Nintendo hasn’t had too many times where the price is dropped reduced so drastically, let alone so quickly, so we should all be somewhat understanding if it’s not the best compensation. My only issue with this ordeal is the ones who purchased in the final few days of it’s availability. And still get the games with the discounted price… I feel, considering it’s all In computer, those that all bought it before this last few days get perhaps another perk.. Just saying:D

  • Dragonx254

    They can’t give new games for free, for then those games would never generate sales. That’s $40 x 4+million 3DS users. A $160million giveaway? Don’t think so. Especially on the few titles that are supposed to help the 3DS.

  • Mr Benzedrene

    I feel like this is a bit of an overreaction. Not only are the games we’re getting absolute gems (for the most part,) we’re getting this before anyone else. I don’t think the lack of certain to-be-released features is a “take that” on Nintendo’s part; they just haven’t gotten the full functionality down yet. I, personally, bought my 3DS before the price drop BECAUSE of this program, and cannot wait for September the first!

  • Guest 9

    I never owned any of the games that Nintendo is giving away in the program; then again I started out with an SNES so my argument probably is not all that valid.

  • Wow, really? How can you complain about free games? Nintendo didn’t have to give ANYTHING. When you early adopt you can’t complain about price drops. If you complain you really deserve no free games at all.

  • Ingridcheek

    PEOPLE. THEY ARE GIVING YOU 20 FREE GAMES. BE HAPPY!

  • Skywake

    I didn’t own a GBA or a NES so, go figure, I haven’t played most of these games. For the ones that I have played (SMB, Yoshi’s Island, Zelda and a bit of Ice Climber) I’m not complaining. SMB in particular I’ve played to death (via various means) and I’m sure I would’ve paid a few $ to get on the 3DS.

    Still, we paid more for the thing when we (or at least most of us) thought we wouldn’t get this. We thought it was worth the money then and now we get more than we expected. Why complain about that?

  • Skywake

    I didn’t own a GBA or a NES so, go figure, I haven’t played most of these games. For the ones that I have played (SMB, Yoshi’s Island, Zelda and a bit of Ice Climber) I’m not complaining. SMB in particular I’ve played to death (via various means) and I’m sure I would’ve paid a few $ to get on the 3DS.

    Still, we paid more for the thing when we (or at least most of us) thought we wouldn’t get this. We thought it was worth the money then and now we get more than we expected. Why complain about that?

  • Jaayee

    Lol nobody’s complaining.. Nin10do rule.

  • Facelord

    I refunded my 3DS recently, the 3D effect doesn’t work for me(or any of
    the 10+ people I let demo it on my system), there are ZERO games on the
    system that I’d even spend time on and the games are all overpriced out
    the wazoo. I’m glad I’m not missing out on anything notable with the
    Ambassador crap, I’ll be on the other side of the river in the Sony camp
    with two analog sticks while I wait for Nintendo to release their NEXT
    handheld a decade from now; then again, do I even want this to happen
    again? Nintendo kinda lost my trust with the system, I was stupid to buy
    the thing without any games on the horizon but this is the first time
    Nintendo’s failed this horribly since the Virtual Boy. I wish the 3DS
    would just cease to exist and Nintendo would release a real handheld,
    I’m a handheld gamer and I was a Nintendo fanboy for most of my life but
    I guess that era’s over. This really is a slap to the face

    $40 for Ocarina of Time, $40 for Star Fox 64? HELL no, Nintendo. Not forgiving this.

    • Daniel Whalley

      Well 3D works GREAT for me and nearly all the games I have seen look great.

    • Daniel Whalley

      Well 3D works GREAT for me and nearly all the games I have seen look great.

    • s man

      3D works GREAT for me. seems like a personal problem bud.

      and who the hell cares of you go the sony route? troll?? and good luck with your identity!

  • Zizz01010101

    Seriously? Nintendo gives us 20 FREE games (Which are mostly games we’d buy regardless of owning them or not, don’t lie I know you would lol) and all you can do it bitch that they don’t have a Manuel and stupid little features that we’d mostly not use anyway? Come on, like so many other people say; Nintendo could’ve just been like every other company out there and give us nothing. So be happy you’re getting $150+ in games for free!

  • Anonymous

    First problem is, while I personally agree that its not interesting to play the same games over, that is a major part of nintendo. Thats what they do, rerelease and update their games over and over, making them slightly more interesting and better.

    Also I dont see the problem with the games being slim featured “priority delivery” versions if you get free upgrades when they are done. Basically instead of making you wait they are allowing you to play the beta versions of these games now.

  • S man

    if you got a NEW game from Nintendo you would actually be getting less value.

    these 20 gems are worth $100+
    so quit bitching!

  • Jim Jim

    You are acting pretty damn petty and entitled. A company rewarding loyal early adopters during a price drop is unheard of.