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PSA: 3DS ambassador GBA games now downloadable! photo
PSA: 3DS ambassador GBA games now downloadable!
by Jim Sterling

If you are eligible for 3DS ambassador status, your ten free Game Boy Advance games are now available to download via the "redownload" section of your eShop menu. Yet again, it's a process of finding the games in your queue of previously downloaded titles, and obtaining them one by one, but it's worth it this time!

[Edit: As pointed out in comments, you can now queue up the downloads by clicking on each item, hitting the "download" button, then hitting the "download later" button and confirming. Once queued, you set the 3DS to sleep mode on the Home menu and they download. Still fiddly, but not quite as lengthy.]

The North American games are confirmed to be the same as those in Europe and Japan, meaning that titles like The Minish Cap, Wario Land 4, Fire Emblem and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror are on offer. Yet again, I am highly impressed that Nintendo put some high quality games out there, and didn't rely on obscure crap. 

Nintendo, you done good, son!

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3DS ambassador GBA games dated for December 16 photo
3DS ambassador GBA games dated for December 16
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo has finally dated the ten GBA games that so-called 3DS ambassadors will receive, and it's this Friday! On December 16, those who bought a 3DS before its big price drop will get ten free Game Boy Advance games, which is nice. 

Here's the full list of games for the Japanese ambassadors. We can expect them to mostly be the same:

  • F-Zero
  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • The Legend of 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

I should point out that, so far, the Friday date has only been acknowledged by Nintendo Japan and Nintendo Europe. Again, one would assume that North America is to follow suite, but if there's any difference, we shall of course let you know. Either way, I'm impressed by the fact that Nintendo didn't just give out garbage for free. Those are some decent games!

Game Boy Advance 3DS Ambassador Program Begins on Friday [andriasang]

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3DS ambassador GBA games still arriving this year photo
3DS ambassador GBA games still arriving this year
by Jim Sterling

We are now in the final month of 2011, and some of you may be wondering whether you're getting your ten free Game Boy Advance games before the year is out. Nintendo has answered the question, confirming that 3DS early adopters will still be getting their freebies before 2012 rolls in.

 "The forthcoming 10 GBA Virtual Console titles available for registrants of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Programme will be available before the end of December 2011," promised a representative. "We will make further announcements in due course."

The GBA games will include Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario Vs. Donkey Kong, along with five others. 

Honestly, I'd managed to completely forget about them!

Nintendo: GBA Ambassador games are coming this year [ONM]

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It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku photo
It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku
by Allistair Pinsof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]

Japanese games often possess a delirious quality that leaves some people scratching their heads and others delighting in the madness. Rhythm Tengoku, filled with characters and personality that are uniquely Japanese, is one such game.

Yet, all the quirky characters and scenarios feel like they occupy a coherent world, one where the offbeat antics of the WarioWare series successfully merge with the rhythm genre to form a portable classic that never made it to the States. Although many have heard about it and may have played its sequels, it remains an obscure gem.

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7:00 PM on 08.01.2011

Two more 3DS Ambassador program games revealed

Of the twenty free games current 3DS owners are getting in exchange for having bought the system at full price, ten are NES titles, and the rest are Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo hasn't said what each individual "Ambassado...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 07.12.2011

I really want this little tiny Space Invaders machine

So cute! I'm a sucker for miniature things, especially when they're somehow related to gaming. Space Invaders isn't my favorite retro game, but this little cab is so cute that I don't really care what they put on it or on it...

Dale North

4:40 PM on 04.29.2011

Get your Mother 1+2 fan translation while it's hot

Tomato has completed his translation of Mother 1+2 for Game Boy Advance, which should have a good number of you rejoicing. You can read all about the patch, and download it, by going to this page. The main focus here is Mothe...

Jordan Devore



The Memory Card .86: Death is final photo
The Memory Card .86: Death is final
by Chad Concelmo

We all know the way it works. You play through a level in a videogame, encounter an unexpectedly hard section, and your main character plummets into a bottomless pit ... or is singed by a giant dragon ... or is blown up by a nearby oil drum. Whatever the morbid descriptor, your character dies.

As unfortunate as this is, it doesn’t really matter in the long run. If you have another life, you can just try the level all over again. And in more recent games, you don’t even have to have another life -- you can just return to a close checkpoint and tackle the foreboding obstacles one more time!

This unrealistic take on life and death is nothing more than a videogame fantasy, but one that allows the player to fully enjoy the game and learn from their mistakes.

But one game changed this traditional depiction of videogame death forever. Fire Emblem on the Game Boy Advance (and originally as a Japan-only release on the NES!) didn’t offer players such a generous option when a character died. In fact, its main gameplay twist was downright tragic.

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7:30 PM on 01.26.2011

PlayStation Phone hands-on shows emulated PS1, GBA games

By now, it's safe to call the long-rumored PlayStation Phone one of the worst-kept secrets in the history of the tech/gaming world. Engadget posted photos of the Android-powered device three months ago, and since then, we've...

Samit Sarkar

6:00 PM on 01.15.2011

Mother 3 Adventure Time mash up gets me giddy

I'm currently planning an episode of Constructoid about constructive criticism for gaming's famous female protagonists. The idea is to talk about how they can be more effective and positive role models without alienating game...

Jonathan Holmes

9:20 AM on 01.07.2011

Iwata: GameCube could do 3D gaming

While Sony and various publishers talk up 3D gaming and declare it to be the future, Nintendo overlord Satoru Iwata claims that Nintendo was tinkering with it years ago, as far back as the GameCube. He says his company was wo...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 09.28.2010

Game Debate to the Death! Mana series

In last week's debate we moved from the Valkyrie Profile series to the newer Valkyria Chronicles RPG series. Even though almost nobody had a single bad thing to say about the PSP sequel, the response was overwhelming for the ...

Tom Fronczak





2:00 AM on 08.10.2010

The e-Reader was the worst peripheral ever

The e-Reader was a card reading device for the Game Boy Advance that would allow you to add extra content to specific games with cards that had special digital codes. It was also complete bullsh*t. You see, Super Mario Advan...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 PM on 08.04.2010

Legendary Pokemon tale becoming a reality

First, read about Pokemon Black (not to be confused with the impending Black/White releases) in this post by Tiny Cartridge. It's a longish read by Internet standards, but highly worth your time. ... Done? Good! Yes, I know y...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 07.27.2010

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! EarthBound (Mother)

EarthBound, which has always been known as Mother overseas, started out as one of the most beloved RPG series of its time, remained one of the most cherished series all throughout the 1990s, and has since then proven that it ...

Tom Fronczak

8:30 PM on 05.26.2010

Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Golden Sun series

Yes, I know. Calling Golden Sun a series is a little laughable, but this RPG tournament qualification process is all about including every game the Dtoid Army demands, and the Golden Sun games were high on that list. In last ...

Tom Fronczak