3DS Ambassador program concludes on Friday - look at this amazing list of free games!

Nintendo has finally announced a date for the second (and probably final) wave of its 3DS Ambassador Program. Unfamiliar with the idea? Well, when 3DS came out, a lot of us (myself included) paid £200+ for a 3DS. After scant few months, Nintendo dropped the price by almost half, leaving early adopters feeling sorely out of pocket. To make up for it, Nintendo gave away a load of old NES games back in the summer. Now, finally, we're getting the other half - a selection of 10 GBA games. And they're brilliant!

Look at this little lot:

  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity
  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Fire Emblem Seima no Kouseki
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Mario Kart Advance
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario Land Advance
  • Made in Wario

Super Mario Advance 3 is Yoshi's Island - one of the best 2D platform games ever made. Mario Kart Advance is one of the best handheld racers ever made. Mario vs Donkey Kong is one of the best puzzle-platformers ever made (and arguably superior to the newer versions).

Metroid Fusion? Brilliant. Zelda: Minish Cap? Capcom's superb take on the Zelda franchise. And as for F-Zero... well, that game was enough to convince some people we knew to buy the GBA alone.

So suffice to say we're very pleased. Was it really worth the £100 extra dropped on the console? Well... we were having fun on Super Street Fighter IV and the criminally underrated Pilotwings Resort anyway so it doesn't bother us too much. And at least the freebies are actually worth having.

Above: Shiny, shiny new 3DS. It's looking at you. Can you begrudge it the price drop really?

Incidentally, Nintendo seems to have relaxed the rules on joining the program a little. There was a deadline of August 12 for registering your console in the online eShop, but a statement on the company's website says Nintendo 3DS owners who purchased their systems before August 12th are still eligible to join the programme and receive 20 free games from September onwards. 

But when can we expect to receive these last ten retro delights? Friday, baby! Save the date - December 16, 2011: The day GBA shone once more.


  • LEGOMatrix - December 14, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to playing Minish Cap post Skyward Sword. I felt like there were lots of similarities there I missed or couldn't be sure of. Not one dud! Although I admit I would have much preferred GBA Rhythm Tengoku to Fire Emblem. One of the GBA games I wish I'd played.
  • talleyXIV - December 14, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    It is about time! Those first 10 games were massive disappointments. These all sound great. Mario Kart, Super Mario 3, and F-Zero! But I thought that Yoshi's Island was on the list. I was really looking forward to that one.
  • Corsair89 - December 14, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Super Mario Advance 3 is Yoshi's Island.
  • TwinHallow - December 14, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    Yah! im a Ambassador
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - December 14, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    This is an excellent selection. I hope (and imagine) it will be mostly the same in the US. I'd be happy just to get Metroid Fusion, Minish Cap, and F-Zero.
  • codystovall - December 14, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    meh they arent that great. Here I thought Id be jealous.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - December 14, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    ARE you kidding Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, and a Fire Emblem game is enough to make me pumped
  • slimjim441 - December 14, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    This list is totally bitchin!!
  • shawksta - December 14, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    F-F-F-Fire Emblem Sacred Stone!?!?!?!?!? My God......I NEVER found that game ANYWHERE where I live and then I gave up on it, Thank You Lord! F-Zero, Minish cap and Wario Land 4? Couldnt have it any other way :)
  • Foodperson - December 14, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    I'm sorry to burst your bubbles, Americans, but you shouldn't get too excited. I read on IGN that this is confirmed only for Japan. Notice where Justin wrote the Japanese name for the subtitle of that one Fire Emblem game. But I wish I'm wrong this once...
  • samsneeze - December 14, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    Lol, IGN.
  • Spybreak8 - December 14, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    That is a pretty sweet list, full of true favs and a few unknowns, and I'll be playing Minish Cap & F-Zero all over again!
  • espenrio - December 14, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    Too bad it's Fire Emblem Sacred Stones rather than the first one, I much prefer Blazing Sword (Rekka no Ken) myself. However, both are great games. Also, I assume Made In Wario is supposed to be Warioware Inc.
  • supernoob - December 14, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    Where's mother 3 Nintendo, where is it
  • thedonut - December 14, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    I'm with you on that. Mother 3 is a great game.
  • talleyXIV - December 14, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Why would they give Mother 3? That is like giving someone Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It is great but they have no idea what the hell is going on.
  • thedonut - December 14, 2011 11:40 p.m.

    Actually, the story line doesn't link up to Earthbound. Of course, I've never beaten Earthbound, or even Mother 3, for that matter. Hell, the damn game has already been translated to English, if that's what you mean.
  • Net_Bastard - December 15, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    It's on a ROM site, with a translation patch that's found by Googling it. You can even get a special flashcart called the DSTWO if you want to play it on your 3DS via emulation. I really shouldn't be telling you how to pirate a game, but Nintendo fucking deserves it if they're going to do what they did with the Earthbound series. Besides if you care about someone pirating a GBA game then you're a douche, plain and simple.
  • tyler_14_420 - December 14, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Thanks Nintendo! <3 I was one of those kids who couldn't afford a GBA, lol.
  • DirkSteele1 - December 14, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    F-Zero Maximum Velocity was the reason I purchased a GBA on launch day. Great set of games for any early adopter.

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