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Better Late Than Never, Europe's 3DS Ambassador Tool is Here

Posted by James Newton

About time

Last week 3DS owners all across Europe were feverishly downloading free NES games, except those left out of the 3DS Ambassador programme, disappointed that they weren't eligible for the freebies. Wouldn't it have been useful to have some sort of eligibility verification tool to see who was in and who wasn't?

Now — one week after the first batch of games was released — Nintendo Europe has released its 3DS Ambassador tool. Simply enter your 3DS serial number — omitting the final digit in the box — and the website will magically tell you if you're eligible for free games.

If you're in, follow our detailed instructions to claim your freebies.

[via microsite.nintendo-europe.com]

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User Comments (38)

FonistofCruxis

#1

FonistofCruxis said:

Setting this up a week after the ambassador games are available? Thats ridiculous, this should've been available before the ambassador games were released. Most people who are eligible for them have probably downloaded them by now.

Late

#2

Late said:

Why did they still have to release the tool when most of us who can download the games have already done it...

BenAV

#3

BenAV said:

Well done NoE.
At least you stuck to your words and released this tool... Even if it's so late that everyone has already downloaded the games and there is no use for it. :P

Unca_LzStaff

#5

Unca_Lz said:

Why did they wait so long? Even Australia got theirs before the games came out

edhe

#6

edhe said:

They removed any reference to the tool in the Nintendo.co.uk website ambassador guide prior to this. I was worried they weren't going to bother releasing it.

But then I already knew, having downloaded my games a week ago.

Stine

#12

Stine said:

LOL! But I guess it could be useful for a few people... if they for some reason can't access the eShop at the moment.

ImDiggerDan

#13

ImDiggerDan said:

I'm going to suggest that the delay was down to localisation. Before you use the page you have to select a language. But yeah, pretty pathetic.

taffy

#14

taffy said:

So I can finally check to see if I'm an ambasdor, I'll do that after I've finished playing Metroid on my 3DS!

BenAV

#15

BenAV said:

In argument to the title of this article, in this case, late is pretty much equal to never.

Yosher

#16

Yosher said:

My faith in Nintendo of Europe is dropping more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more..............

....not long 'til they reach the very bottom now.

BenAV

#17

BenAV said:

@Yosher I'm still happy with them for bring out Xenoblade Chronicles... as well as announcing The Last Story and Pandora's Tower for next year.

TeeJay

#18

TeeJay said:

Lol I thought the caption under that picture was going to be "fashionably late".

Wesbert

#19

Wesbert said:

No, you don't understand. This tool is for checking whether you were allowed to download the games in the first place. If it turns out you were merely able to download them due to a technical defect, you can contact their technical support to help you erase them from your account ;)

eviLaTtenDant

#20

eviLaTtenDant said:

So we get this now instead of being able to register for a star bonus for Star Fox and Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident ? And instead of being able to take part in surveys on non-DSiWare downloads for our 3DS's ? :o

J-Forest-Esq

#22

J-Forest-Esq said:

Thank goodness! This arrived just in the nick of time! Now excuse me while I eat a large pile of Ferrero Rocher. Did you know they're owned by the same people who make Nutella? I do now.

Chris720

#23

Chris720 said:

Well this is pointless... I already know I'm an Ambassador since I downloaded the NES games last week...

Wow NoE failed HARD!

Olaf-symbiote

#24

Olaf-symbiote said:

I've noticed that recently NOE has become arrogant as hell: they delayed the prepaid cards, they've completely abandoned Wii's VC, they think they don't have to release more games for 3VC because we recently got the ambassador games, and they're apparently going to cut London Life from the next Layton. Now they've completely missed the point of this tool. The only thing NOE has done correctly recently is releasing many new games (Pokémon BW, OOT, Starfox) around the same time as they're released in the USA.

But releasing the games early is the only positive point for NOE. Otherwise, the European branch is a big, stinky pile of donkey doodoo. I'm astonished a single branch is so out of touch with the rest of the company and the customers and continues to do its own "thing" while Nintendo is doing its best to restore consumers' faith in the brand and 3DS. NOE's recent actions, like treating the potential eshop customers, who don't have credit cards, like morons has done far more damage to the Nintendo brand than NOA's recent localization policy.

The big guys at Nintendo (Iwata, etc.) really need to take more control of NOE and make them treat the Europeans better (in addition to firing the current suits at NOE and replacing them with COMPETENT people instead of these nitwits), because the longer NOE is allowed to constantly screw up its customers, the more damage they'll do to the sales and reputation of Nintendo's products in Europe.

BJQ1972

#25

BJQ1972 said:

I really do despair at Nintendo's recent performance. What the hell is going on with them at the moment?

BulbasaurusRex

#26

BulbasaurusRex said:

NoE already has an Ambassador Tool. It's called logging into the eShop and checking to see if the Ambassador games are available for downloading.

Katzii

#28

Katzii said:

I'm purely logging in to say that I love the obscure reference in the image you posted with this article.

Sneaker13

#29

Sneaker13 said:

Finally, I've waited and waited just to see if I'm an ambassador. And I am. Now I can finally download the games.

<Serious mode>Come on Nintendo of Europe why did it took so freaking long. This is really pathetic.

moosa

#31

moosa said:

How is this, of all things, possibly worth complaining about?

Obviously those who've already downloaded everything have no need of the tool regardless of whether it was released 6 months ago or next year.

Use your heads guys seriously...

BJQ1972

#32

BJQ1972 said:

@moosa - it is because it is yet another example of what seems to be endemic at Nintendo at the moment. It seems that every time Nintendo hit the top they implode - these little things undermine consumer confidence, and I think they've got a huge fight on their hands to turn this situation around.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#33

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

pointless tool much?

EDIT: what do you know, I am an ambassador.
Being able to download the games was a dead give away, but having a tool to tell me I am now is so awesome

Dizzard

#36

Dizzard said:

Bit pointless now isn't it? You know you're an ambassador if the games are on the eShop for download.

eviLaTtenDant

#37

eviLaTtenDant said:

@JakeTheChao (22.): I think it will be like in the Wii's VC. I mean you see these games under the "games you bought" section. And i don't see a reason why they shouldn't stay there as long as the eShop is running.

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