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Free Gameboy Advance games will be made available to early 3DS adopters by Nintendo, as part of its ambassador program, according to game site NeoGaf.
Nintendo recently decided to reward customers who purchased the 3DS console prior to the massive August price drop, by giving them 10 NES and 10 GBA games to download for free. The free NES games are already available, and include the original Metroid, Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda games. That’s not a bad strategy, considering that rival platforms such as the iPhone and Android have tons of free content.
Now, the list of GBA games is finally here, and it is mighty impressive. The 10 games will be available to download in Europe, Australia and Japan on Dec. 16. There is no word on the download date, or confirmation of the titles, for the US yet, but I would expect an announcement very soon.
Here is the list of GBA games in full:
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
- Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Metroid Fusion
- Wario Land 4
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames
It is certainly a quality round up of classic Gameboy Advance titles, and it should go some way to putting a smile on the face of gamers who purchased the console at its original launch price of $249. The August price drop to $169 came as part of Nintendo’s efforts to boost initially slow sales of its unique handheld console.
To be eligible for the 3DS ambassador program, you need to have connected to the Nintendo eShop or performed a system update on your console before 11:59pm Eastern August 11, 2011.