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Nintendo details 3DS Ambassador game features photo
Nintendo details 3DS Ambassador game features
by Jim Sterling

Did you get your 3DS registered and ready to receive a bunch of old games? Good. Nintendo has detailed the features of the ten NES and Game Boy Advance games that you'll be entitled to. 

The first round of NES games will appear on September 1 as "priority delivery" titles, which is a fancy way of saying "unfinished." These games are missing some features that will be available when they're released to the general public, chiefly the ability to save your game by making restore points, the ability to play simultaneous multiplayer, and an electronic manual. 

"Priority" versions will include a VC suspend function to at least keep a temporary save point, turn-based multiplayer on a single system, and a basic manual with control details. The games can be upgraded to the full versions once they're available to all.

The Game Boy Advance titles won't feature VC suspension or restore points, ever. However, GBA games can have their regular save features utilized, so it will be just like playing the game IN REAL LIFE! That's our Nintendo, even with something as simple as game emulation, they have to be random and weird about it.

3DS Ambassador game features detailed [ONM]

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PSA: Deadline for 3DS Ambassador freebies ends tonight! photo
PSA: Deadline for 3DS Ambassador freebies ends tonight!
by Jim Sterling

It's likely that most of you have already connected your 3DS to the eShop at least once, but since the eShop is a big waste of time, I wouldn't be surprised by a few stragglers. If you bought a 3DS already and you want twenty old games for free, make sure you get yourself authenticated, as the deadline ends at midnight.

In order to be recognized as a "3DS Ambassador," you simply have to connect to the eShop via your 3DS. Once done, you'll have proven your gullibility to Nintendo, and thus be qualified for your freebies. Ten NES games and ten GBA games are at stake, so don't forget!

Also, remember that Walmart is selling discounted systems early, so you could get a 3DS for cheap and steal from extra benefits. Beautiful.

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2:30 PM on 08.09.2011

PSA: Walmart selling $170 3DS starting today!

Just a friendly reminder that Walmart has started to sell the Nintendo 3DS for $169.99 today, allowing consumers to exploit the 3DS Ambassador program by registering their system early and qualifying for Nintendo's twenty fre...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 08.09.2011

Analyst: 3DS games should be $20-$25

MR Research analyst Billy Pidgeon has called out Nintendo on its $39.99 MSRP average for 3DS titles, stating that games need to be around half that price in order to succeed.  "Nintendo needs to change its business funda...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 08.08.2011

PS Vita pressured to cut price or 'risk major failure'

Despite launching at the same price the 3DS launched at, the PlayStation Vita is being pressured by pundits and analysts to lower its price. Sony's Kaz Hirai stated last week that the Vita would retain its $250 price point, b...

Jim Sterling







Walmart to sell $170 3DS early so you can steal GBA games photo
Walmart to sell $170 3DS early so you can steal GBA games
by Jim Sterling

The Nintendo 3DS is officially due to go down in price on August 12, but if you head to Walmart, you'll be able to get the discounted $169.99 system early. It'll be reducing the price on Tuesday, August 9. 

The rogues among you might have already guessed the implication of this, as savvy customers will now be able to get a cheaper 3DS and qualify for Nintendo's "Ambassador" initiative, which was set up to reward early adopters who paid full price. 

Ambassadors will qualify for free games if their 3DS has connected to the Nintendo eShop before August 11. Theoretically, all you need to do is buy the system on Tuesday, get it online before Friday, and you will be validated for ten free NES games and ten free Game Boy Advance games. 

It is, my friends, the crime of the century!

Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hits on August 9th at Walmart [Cheap Ass Gamer]

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1:15 PM on 08.04.2011

Infinity Blade drops price to $2.99

The Epic/ChAIR slash 'em up Infinity Blade has had a generous turn today, dropping its price to $2.99 for no discernible reason. There's usually a temporary cut following a major update, but today it's cheap for the...

Jim Sterling

10:45 AM on 08.03.2011

Wii U not getting price or launch date until 2012

Nintendo has claimed that it will not slap a date or price on the Wii U until next year, stating that the system is still very much in development and the company is not ready to make a commitment.  "Since the Wii U we s...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 08.02.2011

Nintendo CEO apologizes to fans over 3DS price cut

This may be the first time in history where a console price cut has been something a company's apologized for. The controversy surrounding the early slash of the 3DS' price tag has promoted Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata to pen a ...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 08.01.2011

Iwata: New 3DS price to benefit publishers and retail

In a Q&A session Nintendo had with Tokyo investors last week, Satoru Iwata was asked how the recent 3DS price drop would affect third party publishers and retailers. Iwata had this to say: For third parties, the hardware...

Brett Zeidler

9:40 AM on 08.01.2011

Iwata: 3DS price cut due to lessons learned from Gamecube

With the 3DS' rough start and Nintendo's financial faltering, some have already suggested that the dark days of the Gamecube have returned. However, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata believes that the 3DS won't repeat past mistakes, ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 07.30.2011

The Sun: 3DS price cut due to gamers being dizzy, sick

Remember the Sun's strange attack on the Nintendo 3DS, back when it first launched? The British tabloid attempted to make people terrified of the system, claiming it made users sick due to eye strain. It even invented a story...

Jim Sterling

1:45 PM on 07.29.2011

The Question: Is the 3DS a flop?

[Every Friday, Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!] This week has undoubtedly been dominated by the 3DS price cut and the considerable fallout that's followed. As such, this week'...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 07.29.2011

Ex-Nintendo president could lose $300 million due to 3DS

Following the 3DS' less than adequate performance and Nintendo's subsequent profit forecast slash, former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi could stand to lose over $300 million. Ouch! As of March 31, Yamauchi owned 10...

Jim Sterling

5:45 PM on 07.28.2011

Nintendo selling 3DS at a loss after price cut

According to Bloomberg Japan, Nintendo is now selling the 3DS at a loss, something the company hasn't done with hardware for a very long time. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has said that the uncharacteristic move was necessary in...

Jim Sterling