Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

Summary: Nintendo is "rewarding" early adopters of the 3DS by offering them 20 free and exclusive retro titles from the Game Boy Advance and NES cannon, rather than $80 for missed savings, this fall.

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Nintendo knows full well the 830,000-plus Nintendo 3DS early adopters in the U.S. won't be amused by the $80 price drop of the handheld console, just four months after launch. Nor does the company want to encourage potential customers to wait for the new $170 price to take effect on August 12, before purchasing a 3DS. That's why Nintendo is dangling a number of exclusive and free retro games at current 3DS owners: to encourage them to become "Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors" by August 11.

It's actually quite simple for individuals to earn the Ambassador distinction. As long as 3DS users visit the Nintendo eShop at least once by August 11 no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Nintendo will automatically recognize the player as an Ambassador, which qualifies the him for free games this fall.

On September 1, 3DS Ambassadors can download up to 10 NES Virtual Console games from the eShop for free, including the following:

  • Super Mario Bros
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • The Legend of Zelda

By the end of 2011, Ambassadors will be gifted with 10 more free games, this time from the Game Boy Advance cannon that will be exclusive to Nintendo's loyal customers. These retro titles include:

  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Metroid Fusion
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Since Virtual Console games in the 3DS' eShop are only worth about $3.99 each, the 20 free games would be worth the same amount as much as the $80 discount late adopters will get on their device. Unfortunately, the olive branch Nintendo is extending to its best customers assumes they want to revisit old games, which may not be true for everyone -- most would probably prefer the extra $80 in their pocket. So much for "rewarding" early adopters.

Are these free titles compelling enough for you to drop $250 on a 3DS right now, or would you prefer the lower price tag but with no freebies?

[Source: BusinessWire]

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  • No ... It's $250. It's a game.

    Priorities and perspective people ... sure, maybe if I had $250 just hanging around, not needed to pay bills, or needed to be saved, and all my RRSP were full, car and house were paid off, MAYBE I might waste $250 on a game.

    $250 is a car payment, a months worth of groceries (I'm single ... go figure), about half my mortgage payment, 10% of a vacation that I'd remember for a lifetime.

    $250 for a handheld gaming machine, no freakin way, maybe $100, maybe ... if I were drunk.

    Ludo
    Ludovit
    • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

      @Ludovit This is a tech site, with lots of electronics. Electronics are small, and expensive. You are on the wrong site if you are complaining about the price of a Nintendo console, considering they are slashing the price from 250$ to 170$. And even at 250$ it was a good price.

      No one is telling you to take your rent money and go buy a 3DS. Priorities are fine, but this is the type of item you use your "disposal income" on.
      Bates_
      • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

        @Ludovit Haters got to hate. The 3ds is a decent machine. Sure the software isn't there yet, but its definitely worth more than $100. <br><br>Nobody should forgo rent and bills to pay for entertainment. That's just stupid. If you don't make enough money to afford to budget for a game console, or you have other priorities, that's fine. Some people enjoy investing, some people enjoy playing video games.
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  • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

    I just wish they would have made the 3DS games backwards compatible in 2D mode on the DS. I have a DS XL that my wife uses (mostly) and I cannot stand 3D with or without glasses.
    bobiroc
    • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

      @bobiroc So just keep the 3D turned off on the 3DS. It sucks you need to buy a new console to play the 3DS games, but it doesn't mean you need to play them in 3D.
      Bates_
      • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

        @Bates_ <br><br>Thats the other problem.. I do not want to buy a new console but there are some 3DS exclusive games that will not work. <br><br>Oh Well.. Guess I will not be able to play Luigi's mansion 2

        Also it sucks for the early adopters but at least Nintendo is trying to do something for them. I cannot think of anyone other game maker that has done something like that when someone purchases a new game or device and it drops in price shortly after that.
        bobiroc
  • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

    Nothing quite like buying a brand new system to play games we've already played through 10-25 years ago!
    Great the big N's not TOTALLY screwing over early adopters, at least.
    jmwells21
    • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

      @jmwells21

      Haha, yeah, it?s token compensation. It?s not really going to do me much good, but I sorta, halfway appreciate the gesture.

      But at the same time? c?mon, easy adopters, you really didn?t expect something like this might happen? The first run of any product is bound to have some issues, and sometimes the price comes down significantly. I bought my 3DS the day it came out with both eyes open. I wish Nintendo could have rolled out some of the 3DS features sooner, but meh?. I knew things might start out a bit slow.

      My biggest gripe with Nintendo is that they still haven?t released Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle outside of Japan. When it was announced as a launch title I didn?t realize it was only a launch title in Japan. Ok, fair enough, but it?s been ****ing 5 months and they STILL haven?t even announced when it?s supposed to come out in the states!
      stooge51
    • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

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  • RE: Already have a 3DS? Nintendo wants to give you free games

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