Nintendo Announces '3DS Ambassador Programme'

By Colin Tan on July 28, 2011, 8:35PM EDT

Nintendo have announced that in lieu of the 3DS' sudden price cut, they will be sporting what they call the "3DS Ambassador Programme," which will offer fans 20 free games. Virtual Console games, mind you, not 3DS ones.

"There have been times in the past when we, Nintendo, have marked down the trade prices for our video game machines a certain amount of time after launch to further accelerate adoption of the hardware, but never in Nintendo's history have we dropped a system's trade price so significantly less than 6 months after launch," said Nintendo.

"All of you who have kindly supported Nintendo 3DS from the beginning are Nintendo's most important customers. Although we may not be able to completely prevent you from regretting purchasing Nintendo 3DS early, we would like to express our gratitude to our special customers like you by offering 20 free downloadable games from Nintendo eShop."

The free games include ten NES Virtual Console titles, which will be available starting September 1. Early buyers will be able to grab these games for free before it hits the eShop later in the year. By the end of the year, ten Gameboy Advance Virtual Console Games will be up for grabs.

Here's the list of titles that have been revealed thus far:

NES Virtual Console

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

GBA Virtual Console

  • Yoshi's Island
  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • Mario Kart
  • Super Circuit
  • Metroid Fusion
  • WarioWare, Inc.
  • Minigame Mania
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong

Expect more details from Nintendo soon.

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