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

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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine, Traxion.gg, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.