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Early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS will get these free GBA games


When Nintendo decided to drastically cut the price of its 3DS handheld from $250 to $170 in August, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata promised 20 free downloadable games to those who purchased the system at full price. At the end of August, the first 10 games were revealed and they were all NES games. Today, Nintendo Japan has revealed the remaining 10 games and they’re all from the Game Boy Advance. This is part of what Nintendo calls the Ambassador Program for 3DS. 

Free GBA games:

  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  • Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
  • Mario Kart Advance
  • Mario Vs. Donkey Kong
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario Land 4
  • WarioWare

These games have not been confirmed for Ambassadors in the United States or Europe yet, but we suspect that the list will remain mostly intact. While some of these games are essentially remakes, there are some notably deep games in the mix like Metroid Fusion, Zelda: The Minish Cap, and Fire Emblem. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong is also fantastic if you’ve never played it. It’s a spiritual sequel to the classic original Donkey Kong games and the amazing 1994 Game Boy Donkey Kong title.

Below are the original 10 downloadable games in the Ambassador program. 

Free NES games: 

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Yoshi
  • Wrecking Crew

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