Nintendo sweetens deal for “3DS Ambassadors” with multiplayer upgrades

Nintendo calls first-run 3DS buyers “3DS Ambassadors,” and is rewarding them with free NES and GBA games as consolation for an upcoming price-cut. But real ambassadors don't just get in the door – they get diplomatic immunity, private cars, party invites, the whole nine yards. If you're an early adopter, how is Nintendo ensuring that you feel like a VIP (as opposed to, say, a sap who should've waited for the sales)? Not only will the GBA titles possibly be unavailable to anyone except 3DS Ambassadors, but the NES titles, it's been revealed, will be eligible for free upgrades once they hit the eShop.

Above: GBA titles like Yoshi's Island haven't been tipped to receive any upgrades. All you get is one of the best platform games ever

Once Ambassadors' free titles have been made available to the paying plebs, Nintendo promise, “additional features such as multiplayer simultaneous play” will be added to the titles. Rather than stiff Ambassadors out of these features, they'll be able to update the titles via the eShop for no cost. Nintendo hasn't elaborated on what other “additional features” might become available (promising the additions will be revealed soon), but it does hasten to add that the titles will be 2D games, rather than 3D Classics. Is this the beginning of a conspiracy by Nintendo to swindle you out of the 3D Classics version of Super Mario Bros? Oh, come on now – this is Nintendo we're talking about. Surely you've noticed by now that the company would much rather be your friend than make a profit. As marketing problems go, it's a pretty good one (for you, anyway).

Aug 1, 2011


  • kajyemor - August 9, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    YOU CAN DO IT this is to alex
  • Shatgan - August 8, 2011 5:38 a.m.

    Wow hahah
  • ALinkToTheZack - August 3, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    I am deeply saddened to see that Alex hasn't responded.
  • MetaMoss - August 2, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Alex, you must become an 3DS Ambassador! Hurry! Otherwise, it'll be too late!
  • AntistaLovebot0069 - August 2, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    ALEX!! Dont listen to them its a trap... They work for Playstation. Signing into the eShop sets the self detonation on your 3DS. OH GOD I HOPE THIS REACHES YOU IN TIME> AAAAAALLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEXXXXXX
  • Lollephant - August 2, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    Forget it, Alex. It's eShoptown.
  • VongolaSky - August 2, 2011 4:21 a.m.

    All you guys are so stupid!! lmao!! (But seriously Alex, this is top advice here)
  • Smash_Bro - August 2, 2011 3:46 a.m.

    "3DS Ambassador..." I'm liking that title! Damn, Nintendo, you are going above and beyond anything anyone's been expecting. They really care about their loyalists.
  • Personamanxx - August 2, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    Alex! ALEX! *Thunder and Lightning* ALEX! I HAVE TO WARN YOU ABOUT THE FUTURE! Hav- WAR- UTU-
  • WillisTron - August 2, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    I was just told this morning that my fatal illness will give me about a week and four days to live (August 12). As my dying wish, I would like to ask a favor. Alex... sweet, sweet Alex... would you kindly, and bravely, sign into the eShop before I go? To see it with my own eyes...
  • MegaPrime - August 2, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    Alex. I am a Nintendo Representative. Trust me I'm a Doctor. All you have to do is _____ then _____ but please, PLEASE , don't for get to _____ . I hope this information was helpful.
  • wrayday - August 1, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    So Nintendo's big strategy to stem their losses is to offer more ports. Because they didn't realize that outside of PR campaigns the vast majority of people didn't really care about 3d and we want something new, not ports. Realistically and factually people paid 250 for a emulator!
  • mynameisjay - August 1, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Guys, I just heard the news... Alex has died in a horrible car accident. He was driving home when he tried to sign into the eShop. RIP, wise ambassador. Don't shop and drive, friends.
  • zzzonked - August 1, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    oh wow, these comments really are hilarious. well done guys.
  • themauve - August 1, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Alex, Alex?!, ALLLLLEXXXXXXXXXX!!!!
  • rags18 - August 1, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Dont listen to them Alex, i come from a future where you did join the ambasoder program! I am the only one left... I just hope this comment may reach you before the 12th...
  • Gillespee - August 1, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    Best comments EVER!
  • claytonmiller - August 1, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    Oh, thank God. It seems I'm just in time. You see, I've come from the future. It is a future in which Alex neglected to sign in to the eShop before the 12th. 'Tis a bleak future, indeed (and yes, people still say "'Tis" in the future). Please, Alex, for the future of mankind, SIGN ON TO THE 3DS eSHOP!
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - August 1, 2011 9:42 p.m.

  • tdogwade - August 1, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    All hail potential Ambassador Alex! The bravest Nintendo man I ever (virtually) knew about. Future generations shall know about your quest. Can I have the film and iphone app gaming rights please?

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