When the original $250 USD version of the Nintendo 3DS was released, not just one whole heck of a lot of people purchased it – but those of you who did were promised 20 free downloadable games, 10 of them NES games that have now been available to play since September 2011, the rest being Game Boy Advance games and announced this week as being available for your downloading delight. This was all part of what Nintendo called an “Ambassador” program for those mad about grabbing the 3DS before the great price drop also known as “woops we didnt realize you didnt want to pay that much” early in the device’s life – now the joke is yours! These games include such greats as Wario Land 4 and Mario vs. Donkey Kong – what treats!
Those of you hoping to download the rest of the Game Boy Advance library of utterly classic games such as the Pikachu edition of Pokemon will have to wait, as no such ability is being announced as being in the works. Those of you in the Ambassador program, the full list of releases, just incase you forgot, are as such: WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgames, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Wario Land 4, Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Metroid Fusion, F-Zero Maximum Velocity, and Mario Kart: Super Circuit. Get your weirdo game on!
Now we must ask why there aren’t a heck of a lot more games out there transported forward into the world of the most fabulous handheld for Nintendo – why guys, why? What this virtual world of games needs is an injection of pure Game Boy Color, some Game Boy Advance to be sure, and maybe even a little bit of the ol’ Game Boy original if I may be so bold. Why not get some Solomon’s Club up in here? Rock and roll party puzzle games!