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Nintendo Download: 1st September 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Any surprises lurking?

Today's the day — 10 free NES games are now available to 3DS Ambassadors in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, but what else is there to choose from today in Europe? Well, not a lot as it happens.

Aside from the Ambassador games there's just one new title out in Europe today. Read on and see what it is.


1950s Lawn Mower Kids (Zordix, 500pts) — The second game from Zordix and probably the only idea that could outdo its previous effort Valet Parking 1989, this sees you — predictably — mowing lawns in the 1950s. We'll take it for a ride and bring you a review soon.

3DS Ambassador Games

In case you needed reminding which games are available for early 3DS adopters, here's the list below:

Here's how to get these games:

1 — Enter the eShop from the 3DS Home Menu. It's the icon with the bag on it.

2 — Scroll to the far left and select "Settings / Other".

3 — Scroll down and select "Your Downloads"

4 — The games will appear here once ready for download, alongside software you've already downloaded. You don't need to download these again, just the NES games.

4a — You may need to scroll right down the page and click "Next" if the NES games don't appear on your first page.

5 — Select the NES game you want to download, select Redownload.

6 — Select Download. Your NES game should now begin downloading!

Let us know what you're enjoying most on your 3DS today.

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User Comments (41)



Aviator said:

Sucks to those who either:
A) have a Wii
B) Picked up their 3DS after the 12th of August.



edhe said:


4 download platforms available (Wiiware, VC, 3DSWare & DSiWare), and they can only release just one game.

@Aviator Or more specifically, those who don't have a 3DS/DS.

The NES games are welcome though. It turns out, I am eligible.



daznsaz said:

got gargoyles quest yesterday. and the free games this morning.still got money for eshop but will leave it.gonna be busy with freebies played on sega consoles back then so its good to have some of nintendos originals.i even like the golf one. yippee!



MrMagpie said:

Anyone else notice that when downloading ambassador titles, the usual dropping balls were replaced with hearts? N'aww, thanks ninty



Expa0 said:

Can anyone confirm, whether the pal Ambassador Nes games are 60Hz or 50 Hz?



LordJumpMad said:

Nintendo really gotta stop with these shovleware games.
are people really buying these games?



cheapogamer4life said:


With all these VC games I was looking forward to maybe a 3D classic or 3DSware today...
I guess theirs still hope for NA. :/



Crunchy_in_milk said:

I'm just surprised it took this long to find out Europe's download releases, normally NOE lets everyone know on either Monday or Tuesday.



sillygostly said:

@ ToadFan: The games will be released eventually as paid downloads, and they will also include simultaneous multiplayer and the restore point feature (these features are lacking in the current versions).



alLabouTandroiD said:

It was nice being able to download the Ambassador games during breakfast this morning. A really convenient surprise since i thought they would only go live in the evening.

I guess i'll only have time to play Mario & Yoshi today. Beginning with it since it's a game i already played on the NES and am looking forward to the least.

And for them and many others here i hope they'll release killer VC or eShop titles next week. I mean they could have decided to only release two Ambassador titles per week and could have been in a quite safe spot with that. So they'll better be able to please from now on. Though personally i think i'm going to be busy for a long time. With these and all the other stuff i've downloaded so far.



FonistofCruxis said:

I agree with edhe, they should cater for people who aren't ambassadors as well. This is a terrible week for anyone who isn't an ambassador as I doubt many people would be excited for 1950's lawn mower kids and there might be some people who own a wii but not a DSi or 3DS that would've liked some downloads this week but at least there are the free downloads for people that are ambassadors.



dizzy_boy said:

wow, nothing fir the wii, not even shovelware. looks like everybody will be saving money this week.



Ristar42 said:

They run as they should in Europe - full speed and as the 60Hz originals did, which makes them faster than the Wii VC versions.
I hope if any other consoles come to 3DS VC they will do the same.
If I didnt get these 'free' games, this download would be awful.



StarDust4Ever said:

Good news for my friends across the pond, much like the fabled NTSC NES console which you never got, your PAL region 3DS is natively 240p and runs at 60Hz!

NoE acts quickly, calls "Shenanigans!" and uses a cheap software trick that squishes the screen to provide the "classic" PAL TV black bars effect (despite both the NES and 3DS natively running at 240p), then goes one step further by deliberately lagging every fifth frame so that the game runs 16.67% slower than was originally intended.



Ristar42 said:

@22 Argh! - dont say that! I'm already worrying they will implement a 'performance enhancing' update to do just that



Oregano said:

The EU eShop manager is terrible. We had the worst start and now that things were looking decent they decide that they can take a break because of the Ambassador games... WTF?



TingLz said:

Pardon my French, but this is the most half-*ssed release I've seen yet. Good grief!



Oregano said:

MaxiMillionG go to your download history, scroll to the bottom and see if there's a "next" button or something, they might be on the second page,



Chris720 said:

Ambassador games = Win!
Lawn mowers = Fail!

Bad day for everyone and anyone not Ambassadors.



edhe said:

Also @James, are you taking the whizz!?:

"Any surprises lurking?"

Unless you count the ambassador games (which we all knew about), the only "surprises" is that we only got one purchasable download this week.



Supremeist said:

Lawn Mowers? No thanks! I hate doing that chore already, I'd rather not have a portable game of it.



Bass_X0 said:

We don't get the next Virtual Console release (Mega Man) until 15th September.



FonistofCruxis said:

@Bass_X0 How do you know that? 3DSvc releases often aren't confirmed until the week they're released so we might still get something next week.



Linkus said:

Does anybody know if there ever will be any more releases on the wii VC in europe? I really hope there will be, there are so many great older games waiting to be discovered or replayed!



Bass_X0 said:

How do you know that?

I was going by the release list for Europe. The next game we have due according to the list is Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge on the 15th. I have no reason to believe that the list didn't include some games that were to be released in the near future.



TromaDogg said:

Downloaded these earlier. Bit confused as to why Nintendo haven't included any proper instructions with any of the games asides from Super Mario Bros. though (which is probably by far the most obvious/easy to suss out). Good job I'm an ancient gamer (34) who's played all these games before, isn't it...



Schprocket said:

@ToxieDogg if you're ancient at 34, what does that make me at 49? Legendary?
Or the world's oldest newb, since I've played very little NES?



daznsaz said:

i think they put free games in a weird place because if theyd put them in the regular place people that arent ambassadors would be able to see them but not get them

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