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Reminder: Sign in to 3DS eShop by 11:59 PM EST tonight to qualify for 20 free 3DS games

The official cut off for the price cut on the Nintendo 3DS is very nearly here (though some US retailers have jumped the gun), as starting tomorrow all US retailers will change the 3DS price from $249.99 to $169.99. But before that can happen current 3DS owners have a matter of hours left to qualify for the 20 free, “Sorry we cut the system price in less than six months,” downloadable games from Nintendo. So here’s our friendly reminder to those of you out there that have yet to meet the prerequisite to get those awesome titles. How do you do it? Read on and all will be clear…


 

First off you need two things: your 3DS and an online Wi-Fi connection. If you don’t have one personally at home many places, like coffee shops, libraries, fast food restaurants, and other establishments have public hotspots that are either free or offer access for a small charge. Once you have your 3DS in the Wi-Fi zone, go to System Settings on the Home menu and in the top left corner you’ll see Internet Settings. From there go to Connection Settings and set up a new connection. The 3DS should then find the local wireless connection.

Once online, hop on the eShop if it’s already installed, though if you don’t have that installed yet, go to Other Settings in the System Settings main menu (where you found Internet Settings) and page all the way to the right and choose System Update. If you successfully got your 3DS online, it will download and install the update relatively quickly. When the 3DS restarts, the eShop should appear on the Home menu.

Once you get on the eShop your task is complete, as now Nintendo has proof from your logging in that you owned a 3DS before the price cut and thus earned the apology games. Most importantly: if you’ve ever logged on to the eShop before, you already qualify, so don’t rush on to the eShop today if you’ve ever gone on before. Nintendo already has the evidence that you got the system early, though if you want to download Donkey Kong for the Game Boy while you’re there, that’s totally cool.


Above: What the eShop looks like in case you forgot

One more time: if you haven’t signed on to the 3DS eShop before, do it now, before 11:59 PM EST (that means Eastern Standard Time, aka before Midnight on the East Coast of the US). If you do it after that time, you WON’T get the free games that begin to roll out at the start of September. One more time: Log in to the 3DS eShop before midnight Eastern Standard (go here if you’re not totally clear on what Time Zones are) to qualify for the free games, and if you’ve been on the 3DS eShop before, you already are signed up. Good luck!

Aug 11, 2011

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19 comments

  • losthero15 - August 12, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Alex?!?!? Did you logg into the eshop? the suspense is killing me
  • NanoElite666 - August 12, 2011 4:22 a.m.

    And here I thought the concern for Alex getting logged into the eShop on time would have died with that initial article. NOPE!! I wonder if he made it in time...?
  • TheKey - August 11, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Alex, this is your last chance. For the sake of all that is good in this world, sign into the eShop! PLEASE! I'M BEGGING YOU! DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN! AND THE 20 FREE GAMES!!!!!
  • Smash_Bro - August 11, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    No! It's past 6:00... Where is Alex?! Does he even HAVE a 3DS yet!? Run for it, Alex! Run straight to Walmart and don't stop 'til you get there! (...Ever wonder if he actually reads these? XD)
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 11, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    ...Alex? Alex! AAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!
  • Z-man427 - August 11, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Alex, it's dangerous to go alone! Log in to the eShop!
  • therawski - August 11, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    AAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!
  • Personamanxx - August 11, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    We like to believe he did.
  • ALinkToTheZack - August 11, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    Question, has Alex actually ever responded to any of these comments? I laughed so hard on the thread this started in.
  • Personamanxx - August 11, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Alex. The world needs you.
  • RODTheMaster - August 11, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Oh how I love Target. Got my 3DS price-cut, and I get 20 free games. Thanks for the heads-up Henry.
  • failburn - August 11, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Also Target! Blasto's right. You can find the ambassador confirmation in the "News Feed" in the "eShop"
  • MACGRUBER7693 - August 11, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Remember everyone Walmart dropped the price early. You can get it for 170 bucks today if you buy it at Walmart.
  • Blasto - August 11, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Just got my 3ds last night, I only had to pay $170 but I get the free games. Oh, and the confirmation that you are an ambassador is in the news section of the eshop.
  • zzzonked - August 11, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    GO, ALEX GO! WE HAVE FAITH IN YOU!
  • Zepaw - August 11, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    I caved and gave Walmart my precious cash. I signed in and downloaded NetFlix and Pokedex 3D. No confirmation message about being an ambassador but I guess I am locked in now.
  • db1331 - August 11, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    ALEX! FUCK! THE eSHOP! NOW! YOU NEED TO LOG ON NOW!
  • UsernameLoser - August 11, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    HURRY THE HELL UP ALEX, YOU MUST SIGN ON TO THE ESHOP BEFO' ITS 2 LATE!!!
  • UsernameLoser - August 11, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    YOU MUST HURRY ALEX!! SIGN ON TO THE eSHOP BEFO' ITS TOO LATE!!!!

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