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More Official Details of 3DS Ambassador Scheme Emerge

Posted by James Newton

The finer points

Hopefully you've found our 3DS eShop and Ambassador FAQ useful, and will continue to do so as we update it with fresh information, like the stream of new details flowing from Nintendo Europe.

The good news is that the 3DS Ambassador games can be transferred to another 3DS console in future via the 3DS Transfer Tool, which is coming with a future system update. That way if your machine breaks down or you swap colours, you can take your free games with you.

The initial NES versions — which Nintendo is calling "priority delivery" — will support the VC Suspend feature but not the Restore Point function, which will come with an update later in the year. Likewise, the first launches will come with alternating but not simultaneous multiplayer, due in a later update.

As for Game Boy Advance games, as predicted they will not feature any wireless functions, so you won't be able to play multiplayer in these games. They also will not support the Restore Point or VC Suspend modes, though of course you will be able to save your game in the same manner as the original release.

Regrettably no new games were revealed for the service, but as the NES games will be available starting 1st September there's only a few weeks left to wait.

[via nintendo.co.uk]

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User Comments (103)

Odnetnin

#1

Odnetnin said:

Sorry, but it's bugging me that you keep calling this a "scheme". Is it used slightly differently in British English at all?

Xkhaoz

#2

Xkhaoz said:

That's a shame about no wireless multiplayer for GBA, especially considering Mario Kart is one of the GBA games.

James

#3

James said:

"Scheme — Noun: A systematic plan of future action."

I reckon it's a scheme. Others may disagree :)

SigourneyBeaver

#5

SigourneyBeaver said:

@Oddy A scheme in British English is kinda like a programme or a course or something that follows a plan. And it can also be a dastardly plot :)

Megatron2000

#6

Megatron2000 said:

It means plan the word isn't always used in a negative way
edit dang you guys were fast 0_o

Odnetnin

#8

Odnetnin said:

@James I know the definition, but it seems to me in America there is definitely a connotation of "dastardly plot" like @SigourneyBeaver said. And Nintendo themselves and every other American website I've seen have called it a program. Just wondering.

jhuhn

#11

jhuhn said:

This also pops the question on when the Wii U comes out, if Nintendo will update the Wii system, where anyone can transfer their save data and purchased WiiWare & VC games from the Wii to the Wii U system. I ask that because of the probability of having the flash drive starting to tire out from moving data from the SD card to the flash drive hundreds of times over, where the Wii U won't be as painful to it, thanks to a bigger flash drive and the ability to have either a SD card and/or an external hard drive. (Will the Wii U USB ports accept laptop, desktop or both external drives?)

ChaosTheChao

#13

ChaosTheChao said:

Nintendo should give early adopters more time to get their free games but ive already got connected so it's not a problem for me. I had to go round a friends house. :P

Cipher

#15

Cipher said:

@Dragoon You can still use the save functions included in the Game Boy Advance games themselves. Restore Point functionality will be available for "priority" NES games eventually and VC Suspend will be available from the off. :)

Teh-Ray

#16

Teh-Ray said:

@Dragoon
"As for Game Boy Advance games, as predicted they will not feature any wireless functions, so you won't be able to play multiplayer in these games. They also will not support the Restore Point or VC Suspend modes, though of course you will be able to save your game in the same manner as the original release."

So yes, you can save.

19Robb92

#18

19Robb92 said:

"The good news is that the 3DS Ambassador games can be transferred to another 3DS console in future via the 3DS Transfer Tool"

  • 3DS redesign imminent.

Nah, I don't know. But all of this sounds good. I just wish we got to know all the games we're getting.

FonistofCruxis

#19

FonistofCruxis said:

I wish they would hurry up and reveal what the rest of the ambassador games are and when the free GBA games will be released.

sykotek

#21

sykotek said:

When I read the word "scheme" I think it is referring to something nefarious. Also, it's kinda late, but marketing wise, I'd rather have been labelled an N-bassador.

asbel

#23

asbel said:

"Hey loyal fans, we are giving you 20 free games to make up for the price drop although they can be transferred to other 3DS devices." Am I the only one who thinks this totally defeats the point?

19Robb92

#26

19Robb92 said:

@asbel
Well, if you transfer them you wont be able to have them on the system you had them on before the transfer. It's not copying the games just moving the games from one system to another.

moosa

#27

moosa said:

You can't just transfer them freely. Only if you want to transfer all of your data to a different console and erase it from the original.

y2josh

#28

y2josh said:

@Oddy: Scheme sounds like someone is up to no good to me as well.

I hope they don't spread these games out over a period of months.

TeeJay

#31

TeeJay said:

Damn. The headline got me all excited; I thought the rest of the games were finally going to be announced. Instead I get info on what I'm not getting. :|

DestinyMan

#32

DestinyMan said:

Well, it would've been nice if the GBA games could be suspended, but it's neat that all the games can be transferred. The rest of the games might not be announced until the first batch of NES games come out.

Incredible-JMAN

#35

Incredible-JMAN said:

so will GBA eventually get restore saves too? and also, if you hold start/select while loading, will it have a GBA interface? O.o

Despair1087

#36

Despair1087 said:

i like the sound of a "3DS Transfer Tool" but will it be only for games or can i transfer my whole system to another 3DS? (a super awesome red one for example) i want to transfer everything. miis, club nintendo account, playcoins, and all the cool stuff on my activity log.

i like to look at the activity log with all the icons of all the games i have, and the amount of time ive played them. i'm pretty proud of how long it took me to complete Oot, and how long it took me to play through all the endings of 999.

Henmii

#42

Henmii said:

"Restore Point function"

What is that exactly?

"What is VC Suspend and Restore Points?"

VC Suspend means a temporary save. It's handy for games you can't save (like the original Super Mario bros). As soon as you go back to the title screen, it's gone though.

Hopefully my information was of any use to you.

Vriess

#43

Vriess said:

Do only US gamers get an ambassador confirmation? I got squat :S I sent an email to Nintendo last Monday and they told me that there wouldn't be a confirmation. Then why do US gamers get a confirmation and E.U. gamers don't?

Cipher

#44

Cipher said:

If you've played any of the Virtual Console games on the 3DS, the Resort Point function is in the Virtual Console menu - it lets you create a savestate of sorts, so you can load up to that point again whenever you want. :)

VC Suspend's basically the same as on Wii Virtual Console games as well, it remembers your place even after you've gone back to the menu. At least, I think it does.

Kifa

#45

Kifa said:

Well apparently only those falling under Nintendo of America jurisdiction get the confirmation. I too got nothing, so let's just hope that the program works for everyone as expected and we simply get the free stuff when it's due. Because if not, things will get ugly... :|

Kid_A

#46

Kid_A said:

Wow, that really sucks about the lack of wireless functionality for GBA games. Mario Kart Super Circuit had awesome multiplayer.

Bass_X0

#47

Bass_X0 said:

Kid A, its a hardware issue not a software issue. The old games were designed to function with a link cable but the 3DS doesn't support one.

pntjr

#48

pntjr said:

Oh well. I wish you could save your NES game without having to leave it on. Especially with such crap battery.

Kid_A

#49

Kid_A said:

@Bass_X0
True, but I'm sure if Nintendo would have put some effort into it they would have been able to get around it.

Token_Girl

#53

Token_Girl said:

@Kid_A
Agree, since NES games did not have wireless support either.

None of this is really a surprise, except for the lack of save state on GBA games. Hopefully, that's only because they're rushing them out, and eventually the games will be released for everyone and updated for ambassadors like the NES games.

Sgt_Ludby

#54

Sgt_Ludby said:

Disappointed about the lack of GBA multiplayer =/ Can't complain, though, I love my 3ds!

Unca_LzStaff

#55

Unca_Lz said:

@Token: I don't see how that's a disappointment considering you can save those games anyway and we didn't grow up with some silly save states!! :D

Pj1

#56

Pj1 said:

What are they doing? people are buying second hand 3DS's so they can get some free games that they're not really entitled to but they are still picking up systems and then buy the over priced games... I'm not entirely happy about the transfers, I had a DS XL and I saw the DS ware games they looked pretty good, I like Nintendo do the same for the 3DS, also I wonder as the 3DS is region locked that has effected sales?

LordJumpMad

#57

LordJumpMad said:

For those people who bought their 3DS in the last couple of days at Walmart and Target for the new 169.99 low price.
Now THOSE people are getting a damn good deal.
I wish I knew that was going to happen

ToxieDogg

#58

ToxieDogg said:

@Henmii That's not quite right.

On the 3DS, VC Suspend works exactly the same as suspend saves work for the VC on the Wii....if you get up to a certain point and want to play another game, you just hit 'Home' and quit, and then the next time you load in your VC game you carry on from where you left off (but it deletes the suspend save in the process).

Restore Points however, are like snapshot saves on most emulators and are permanent unless you manually delete them or manually save over them.

@Token_Girl You'll still be able to just hit the pause button and then close your 3DS over to put it into Sleep mode if you need to stop playing before you get to a proper save point, as long as you don't turn the 3DS itself off.

motang

#59

motang said:

Well I would like wireless multiplayer in GBA games...come on Nintendo make it happen!

NSBlueLighing

#60

NSBlueLighing said:

Wait you can play (for example) Contra, 2 players over Wifi.... from like different cities or is it like over LAN?

TheGreenSpiny

#62

TheGreenSpiny said:

@Bass_XO: Obviously can't be a hardware issue otherwise it would be pointless to release 4 Swords, as that is multiplayer only. Unless it was one of the games that supported the Wireless link accessory. (I think it shipped with Pokemon or something? Never owned one myself.)

It's a little annoying that we're getting gimped versions of these games.

zionich

#64

zionich said:

And now I have a reason to get a red 3ds, or at least try to use my warrenty on those dang top screen marks...... Or both

carson

#65

carson said:

this isnt a scheme. nintendo is not secretly plotting against their costumers.

LordAndrew

#67

LordAndrew said:

A hardware issue that can be resolved via software. Emulators on the PC can implement multiplayer. Why wouldn't Nintendo be able to implement it on the 3DS? If they cared, I mean.

C-Olimar

#68

C-Olimar said:

I didn't really know that scheme was generally a bad thing in America, but I suppose thats something I've learnt today... however, a scheme in Britian is basically the same as a program, for example in my town we have 'play schemes' where parents send their children weekly to the local family centre to take part in activites like crafting and sports...

Rensch

#72

Rensch said:

Geesh! How hard can it be? Without too much effort they could even include online capabilities if they really wanted too.

If GBA VC games ever become available to everyone, which I think will eventualy happen, perhaps they will do it.

James

#73

James said:

@master344 I already answered you earlier in the thread, no GBA games will not have wireless multiplayer.

Also RE: scheme, note the absence of the word "evil" preceding it. Scheme on its own =/= evil.

LordTendoboy

#74

LordTendoboy said:

So what's the difference between Restore Point and Suspend Point?

Ugh. Nintendo's going to segment their VC service again. Certain platforms get the suspend feature and multiplayer, while others are left out. It's the same thing they did with the N64 VC games (no suspend points, while all the other systems got it).

Dyl_73

#75

Dyl_73 said:

Why are people so hung up on the word "scheme"? Surely it's not very important. And anyway, they all need to remember that this is the "English" language and not the "American" language. If other nations that use the "English" language want to twist it then that's their problem.
Buy a dictionary and learn the correct menaings of words.

LordTendoboy

#76

LordTendoboy said:

Oh wait, I get it now. Most N64 and GBA games allowed you to save anywhere, so there's no point in having restore points for those platforms.

Early platforms like the Super NES only allowed you to save after a certain point in the game; and most NES and Game Boy games didn't allow saves at all, so it makes sense to have restore points for those platforms (allowing you to pause wherever and resume playing later).

default12345

#77

default12345 said:

So, will this 3DS transfer tool transfer everything, including footsteps/playtime, StreetPass games info etc ?

Dyl_73

#79

Dyl_73 said:

Rant over, I'm happy with the "scheme" and its details so far. I'm not particularly bothered by the lack of multiplayer or ability to suspend games.

Dyl_73

#80

Dyl_73 said:

@ tendoboy1984
"Scheme means a mischievous plot, like someone is out to get you."

In my dictionary -
Scheme: noun. 1. Systematic arrangement. 2. artful plot. 3. Plan of action or work; outline, syllabus, etc. verb. plan, esp. secretly or deceitfully.

So, whilst it can be used to mean "mischievous plot", it also means "systematic arrangement" and more importantly "artful plot", which I translate as "great idea".

Geonjaha

#81

Geonjaha said:

Whats bothering me is that I didnt recieve a notification saying I was an Ambassador despite logging into the eShop continually. Did anyone else not get an eShop notification or is it just me? :O

Geonjaha

#83

Geonjaha said:

I think we're getting into a bit of a mess here. Maybe the Notification was just for America, and we in Europe have to just hope we also got in? 0.O

3DSfReAk

#85

3DSfReAk said:

@Geonjaha : I live in Australia, and I went on the eShop many times, and I have not recieved a notification about it. I can't wait either! :)

eviLaTtenDant

#86

eviLaTtenDant said:

Well I can’t see anything bad in these details. Except for missing GBA multiplayer that is. Which is very unfortunate and seems strange to me since the NES games will get wireless multiplayer. It would be great if Nintendo would clarifiy what’s up with missing multiplayer in VC and GBA games. :|


@jhuhn (11.): I assume the Wii U will only support external hard drives, nothing more.


@Geonjaha (81.): I didn’t get one either but I wouldn’t worry about it. We visited the eShop in time, so we will get these games. :)

Dyl_73

#88

Dyl_73 said:

@ Geonjaha
"Maybe the Notification was just for America, and we in Europe have to just hope we also got in? 0.O"

I'm in the UK and got the notification both as new on the eshop and as a notification on the home screen. Must be a glitch in the system somehow. Hope you still get the free games.

Geonjaha

#89

Geonjaha said:

If for some reason I didn't get these free games I would ragequit from the 3DS! >:U (for five minutes - then I'd play some OoT..)

Chris77

#92

Chris77 said:

There's an update on the UK site that if you missed the ambassador programme you can still get in. Seems to cover any one who missed the online way, or any that go wrong.
Link Here: http://tinyurl.com/3ehco43

eviLaTtenDant

#93

eviLaTtenDant said:

Thanks for the update, Chris77. :)
From the same, official article:

For all consumers who purchased their Nintendo 3DS system and accessed Nintendo eShop or conducted the recent system update prior to the 12th of August, you will have already qualified to receive your free downloadable software. We’ll be providing an online tool soon to allow you to confirm your status.


Anyway, i just visited the source link and was quite surprised to see that even "SpotPass and StreetPass will not function during gameplay" in the GBA games. These are going to be a strange differences from all other games on the 3DS. I guess they'll try to make 'em work like the NES titles if they release 'em for everyone one day.

Geonjaha

#94

Geonjaha said:

It's still worrying that people who did visit the eShop may not be able to get the 20 free games. Hopefully they get these online tools sorted out quickly to avoid trouble.

Pokefanmum82

#98

Pokefanmum82 said:

australia has an extra month to sign up for the ambassador program. lucky ducks. i wish that would happen here. I just want the GBA games.

TheGreenSpiny

#99

TheGreenSpiny said:

I just realized something. I don't think any of the GBA games announced have multiplayer. Wario Ware has single system multiplayer, and Yoshi's Island has the Mario Bros.game, which isn't that great to begin with. Not sure if Dr. Wario had multiplayer with it.

Doky

#100

Doky said:

um, the eshop notice went away that told me i was an ambassador, did it do that because the price cut today?

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