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Talking Point: The Five Remaining GBA Ambassador Games

Posted by Zach Kaplan

What could they be?

With the NES half of the Ambassador titles hitting the eShop last week, it's only a matter of time before the ten Game Boy Advance games launch. So far Nintendo has announced only half: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Mario vs. Donkey Kong and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$. What might the other five be?

More Mario Advance

Mario already features in three out of the five announced titles, but there's plenty more where that came from. Our picks are Super Mario Advance, Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World and/or Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. The latter two are more or less ports with some extra shine added, while the first takes Super Mario Bros. 2 and gives it giant enemies, voices and more.

Advance Wars

This original IP almost didn't make it outside of Japan thanks to its complexity and turn-based style, but after the developers added an in-game tutorial it garnered high review scores, multiple sequels and, according to designer Kentaro Nishimura, changed the way that Nintendo views Western gaming tastes. Hopefully we'll see this or its follow-up make the cut, letting a new generation experience the cartoony character and deep, nuanced gameplay that made this a success ten years ago.

We'd be surprised if Nintendo's second most popular franchise didn't make an appearance in the list; it already fills two spots on the NES roster, and we hope to see it fill at least one here as well. A Link to the Past saw new life on the handheld, and as the game it came packaged with, Four Swords, is slotted for a DSiWare download, its appearance here is all the more likely. There's also The Minish Cap, which scored an impressive 9/10 in our review.

Rumble in the Jungle

Mario's old foe Donkey Kong made his share of appearances on the potent portable as well, and our pick from his lineup is DK: King of Swing, which saw a follow-up in the DS's DK: Jungle Climber and traded in the straightforward horizontal platforming of his SNES days for a vertically-based left-to-right paw swapping approach. Of course, all three of his Country titles made it to the system as well, and we would happily settle for one of those.

The Cutest Contender

With Kirby's Return to Dreamland and Kirby Mass Attack on the way, Nintendo is likely to try ramping up our enthusiasm by giving us one of the pink puff's GBA games. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is already rumoured, a sidescroller with a non-linear spin that has you navigate via a maze-like system of transportational mirrors. Another possibility is Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland, an updated version of the NES title Kirby's Adventure.

Those are our suggestions, but there's a lot more out there. Nintendo could really give fans something to smile about by finally localising Mother 3, for example, which would help explain the delay – but, alas, this isn't the most likely option. There's also the amazing Wario Land 4, which we gave a 9/10 in our review, or one of Mario's other spin-offs, like Mario Pinball Land, Mario Golf: Advance Tour or Mario Tennis: Power Tour. Not to mention the speedy F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and F-Zero GP Legend, the intergalactic Metroid: Zero Mission (another 9/10 from us) or a game from the Mario & Luigi, Fire Emblem or Golden Sun series. And let's not forget that Nintendo published a handful of Final Fantasy titles as well.

What do you think or hope will make the cut? Vote in our Facebook poll and sound off in the comments below!

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User Comments (128)



Link79 said:

Thanks for making me think the rest of the GBA games were announced.
Nice tease guys.



19Robb92 said:

I want A Link to The Past AND Minnish Cap. Just keep on giving the Zelda love Nintendo.



LittleFuryThing said:

LoZ: Minish Cap
Advance Wars 2
Wario Land 4
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Fire Emblem

I doubt Mother 3 will ever happen, but it would be nice.



Highwinter said:

Minish Cap, Zero Mission, Golden Sun, F-Zero and Mario World are the ones I'd like to see.

Mother 3 doesn't even merit discussion, there's more chance of that still being released as a retail GBA game than there is of it being on the ambassador list.



blackknight77 said:

I'm hoping its Metroid Zero Mission(one of my favorite games of all time), WarioWare: Twisted (unlikely), and Mario Land Pinball (which I always wanted to try). My guess is another Mario Advance title will make the cut as well as an F-Zero game.



komicturtle said:

Wario Land 4? Yes.

Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland? Yes.

Mother 3? Well, yes. But it's not gonna happen.

Hope one Golden Sun makes it in. Also, Mario Golf Advance Tour is an amazing game. Power Tennis disappointed me in terms of comparing it to Golf- how it was handled. But still loads of fun.

Sword of Mana would be cool too, also published by Nintendo. Mario&Luigi would defintely be cool to have.

Oh, and how about Pokemon Pinball RS?



Luffymcduck said:

Hahaha, Mother 3. Glad I´ve already played that cuz those idiots never brought it here. At least Wario Ware Twisted came out in USA (which I had to import).

Just play Mario Pinball Land on emulator, it´s one of Nintendo´s worst games EVER. The only good thing are the graphics.



GeminiSaint said:

These are what I'm hoping for:
-Metroid Zero Mission.
-Zelda: Minish Cap.
-Drill Dozer.
-Kirby: Amazing Mirror.
-Wario Land 4.



pntjr said:

Mario RPG: SuperStar Saga.
ALL MARIO ADVANCE TITLES. That's all i want.



Corbs said:

Wario Land 4
Mario & Luigi: SuperStar Saga
Metroid Zero Mission
Golden Sun
Mario Golf Advance Tour



zeeroid said:

It's pretty crazy how much they have to choose from. I keep forgetting how awesome the GBA was.



skywake said:

I'm saying Minish Cap here in the unlikely event that these here posts influence the games we get in any way.......



Legodavid18 said:

So I wasn't the only one who wanted Golden Sun! After playing Dark Dawn I wanted to play the previous GS games too. An Kirby & the Amazing Mirror was my favorite GBA game ever... But then I lost it, so I hope that one will make the Ambassador list!



Geonjaha said:

Lets face it, if they dont give us Minish Cap everyone's ganna start rioting. Granted these are all free games, but that would just be unacceptable >



SteveW said:

I'd like to see Advance Wars so I'd have something I never played before...



chiefeagle02 said:

Most of the games already announced are the games I wanted anyway (especially Mario Kart and WarioWare). Plus, Nintendo's been pretty good about what they offered on the NES, so I'm not worried. But I digress, here's my wishlist for the rest:

-The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
-Golden Sun
-Donkey Kong Country
-Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
-One of the original ArtStyle games released in Japan (probably won't happen, but this is a wishlist).



RebeccaGunn said:

Forshame for not including Mario and Luigi: Super Star Saga in the list - one of the best RPG's on the system! (and the funniest)

Also Drill Dozer and Warioware Twisted! because both were tragically denyed an EU release due to the rumble pack/accelerometer having mercury in it. But wonder if the emulator can use the 3DS's rumble and tilt controls



armoredghor said:

I'd like
Golden Sun
Advanced Wars
Fire Emblem
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Legend of Zelda Minish Cap
Although, I doubt we'll ever see 3 turn based games on the service. and there's always a chance of A Link To The past on 3D classics.



Late said:

Hoping for:
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Fire Emblem
Advance Wars
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror



MaikoRULES said:

I saw the Mother3 box and i was happy
then i read the caption

F-ZERO: Maximum Velocity please!



RyuZebian said:

Yeah, Minish Cap is probably good. And freaking Advance Wars! Still, Wario Ware and Fusion still shine regardless of what the other games are! I think at least 1 or 2 of the secret games won't dissapoint us though! At least 1 will.



grumblebuzzz said:

I really hope Zero Mission is one of them. I would prefer it to Metroid Fusion actually. I found Fusion too much of a departure in both story and gameplay. If it hadn't had Samus in it, you wouldn't even be able to recognize it as a Metroid game.



RenegadeJools said:

1. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon.
2. Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World.
3. Metroid Zero Mission.
4. Ninja Five-O.
5. Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX.

I know the third-party games won't make it, but I can dream.



DarkLloyd said:

lets hope it fills the entire screen this time unlike the nes games even though im aware of the reasons id still like it full screen anyways



shonenjump86 said:

It would be nice if Nintendo surprised us with a good 3rd party game such Astro Boy Omega Factor or a Castlevania game.



daznsaz said:

would like usual suspects but if they did do some of the FF games one of those would be welcome



Chrono_Cross said:

Legend of Zelda Minish Cap
Wario Land 4
Metroid Zero Mission
Kirby and The amazing Mirror
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 By far my favorite title on the platform.



BJWanlund said:

Okay, I haven't read all the comments yet, but here's what I think:

More Mario: Likely, though not guaranteed.

Advance Wars: Likely, but I would think that Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising would be the game of choice here.

Link: Maybe. I think Minish Cap would be pretty interesting to try out, but there are other games I'd rather play in the GBA Ambassador games category.

DK: Not terribly likely. They do have other DK games in the eShop, and I don't think these games would work, because there's already a DK game, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, in the Ambassador Program.

Kirby: Possible. Not a guarantee tho.

Other: Mother 1+2 and Mother 3 would be FANTASTIC for us to play in English at long last. If they're going to add Mother 3 as an "import", and they may or may not be able to count the Mother series as Ambassador games, then I think it'd be very awesome and amazing.

Another idea I'd have is Kuru Kuru Kururin, a GBA import game that we in the States never got, but you lucky Europeans apparently did.

And yet one more idea is a game that I would personally love to play: a Metroidvania game.



StephenYap3 said:

My wish list:

1. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
2. Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green
3. Kirby and The Amazing Mirror
4. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 (All of the e-levels available and possibly all the e-switch cards switchable)
5. WarioWare Twisted

Don't care much for 3, 4, and 5, but I would seriously appreciate it if 1 and 2 made it to the list. I'd be disappointed if only one of them or none didn't.



HipsterDashie said:

I'd like to see WarioWare Twisted. Can't see why they can't program the game to use the 3DS gyro. Especially since it was never released over here.



WarioFan63 said:

Nintendo published Final Fantasies seem unlikely to me. So far the games they're offering are being offered universally and seeing as Nintendo didn't publish the FF games in Japan, that already writes them off.



pixelman said:

Please don't give us SNES games slapped with a GBA label. How about Minish Cap, Superstar Saga, Fire Emblem, and Advance Wars?



J-Forest-Esq said:

The two Golden suns, Fire Emblem and Mario Advance would do nicely. Of course, seeing as that only makes four, why not pop in Zero Mission too?



Raylax said:

I'm in major cynic mode today, so I'm almost willing to bet money on G&W Gallery Advance. The fact that its GB predecessor is already on eShop just makes it all the more likely.



Vriess said:

1. A Link to The Past
2. Minish Cap
3. Donkey Kong Country
4. Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
5. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3



BulbasaurusRex said:

Unfortunately, I doubt we'll get Zero Mission after we already got the original Metroid among the NES games.



SunnySnivy said:

Mother 3... lol, NintendoLife. You make me laugh. I guess we can dream... right?

I just want Minish Cap and Mario & Luigi. Never played Advance Wars so that would be nice to.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'd like:
Warioware: twisted
Metroid: zero mission
Mother 1+2
Mother 3
Any one of the other 3 Super Mario advance titles.
I know the Mother series is highly unlikely but it is a wishlist.



TheGreenSpiny said:

Nintendo needs to put games on the list that would help convince gamers to buy that are not super popular. Advance Wars should be on the list. Minish Cap should be on the list to spread the Zelda love. Mario and Luigi: SS would also be great game for the list, never played any of those titles, so that would be new to me. It would be great to see Wario Land 4 also. It would help sell some of the GB/GBC games when they get released. What I don't want to see is more Mario Advance titles, and ports of SNES games that are already available on the Wii VC.



PSICOffee said:

I love the Mother 3 mention. Wouldn't it be funny if the other 5 games were from the Classic NES series?



Supremeist said:

I want Cartoon Network Speedway lol.
Also want to give Minish Cap a shot. Other Super Mario titles are welcome as well.



grumblegrumble said:

I want The Minish Cap and that's about it. It's only the BEST GBA game ever and I would go so far as to say the BEST portable Zelda game ever.



TwillightPrince said:

DK: King of Swing would be fantastic!
I still don't get it why Nintendo lets us wait for the other five names...



SuperLink said:

I want Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Either LoZ MC, or LoZ ALttP, and I want Mother 3.
Anything else would just be a bonus.

Athough, judging from the NES titles that we got, I wouldn't be surprised if we got some random GBA titles that nobody would have guessed to become the ambassador games. Like, nobody guessed we'd get Donkey Kong Jr. or NES Open Tournament Golf is all I'm saying.



Punny said:

These are my predictions...
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Golden Sun
Advance Wars
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2



Hokori said:

I dont want anymore Mario Advanced Games
I will take anything else that is great though



IAmNotWill said:

Minish Cap is a must. They better release that one. Would also like to see Super Star Saga, and the Mario 2 remake.
Don't really care what the other 2 are. I'm sure I'll enjoy them.



Link245 said:

I'm predicting:

  • The Minish Cap
  • Wario Land 4
  • Metroid: Zero Mission
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • A Super Mario Advance title
    I would love Mother 3, but I doubt that will happen.


Kid_A said:

Dream list:
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Wario Land 4
Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Super Mario Bros. 3
Metroid: Zero Mission



Scissors said:

I just hope we get The Minish Cap, that one of the few GBA games I didn't buy. Unfortunately I already had most of the free NES games, and most of the 5 announced GBA games so far. I just hope I get some games I don't already own.



Azikira said:

I hate The Minish Cap. Holds a cross and hisses at it
But definitely would like to see Wario Land 4, Metroid Zero Mission, a Kirby game, Fire Emblem OR Golden Sun (Both good choices) and Super Mario World (For awesomeness on the go)



Bubbab5 said:

Kirby and the amazing mirror would be EPICLY AWSOMENES
It was a game i played for hours on trips even after I beat it.



pntjr said:

You guys are giving us AAA titles! But you have to remember, that only some of them will be gold. THe rest of them are mediocire games that take up space on your 3DS. NES Open Golf, anyone?



MasterGraveheart said:

EarthBound 1-3 MIGHT make sense. They're giving the games away for free and they didn't market the games exclusively, so now they can be released. And, if the games are played enough, it may spur Nintendo to officially release them, having to pay royalties or not.



Linkstrikesback said:

Zero mission really isn't going to happen. Giving out a remake of a game they just gave out for free in the same program? I doubt it very much.

Honestly, I doubt the other 5 are all as good as the 5 we know, judging from what we had happen with the NES games, I'm sure some stinkers can find their way in.
(Really wish they would have just given out 20 GBA games, I would have been infinitely happier with that)



WolfRamHeart said:

I would love to see Mother 3 but I know that will never happen. I'm hoping that we get Golden Sun, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars or Drill Dozer.



Odnetnin said:

Advance Wars (just wanna try this one out)
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (just give me one of them and I'll be entertained for months, multiplayer or no)
The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (I might go for A Link to the Past/Four Swords if we weren't already getting the latter half)
Golden Sun (just to satisfy Feenie/Iz, or as I like to call them, Fiz )
Fire Emblem (Marth is my favorite Smash Bros. character, so anything Fire Emblem is on my radar)



suburban_sensei said:

Advance Wars would be GREAT to own again. I remember playing that for the first time on my GBA and falling in love.



Aqueous said:

I would guess at:
The legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Fire Emblem
Golden Sun
Advance Wars
wario land 4



tripunktoj said:

I think we alraedy have many Mario titles on the list, but if they absolutely need to include another, they sould go for M&L:SS or SMA4:SMB3 with all eReader levels included.

EDIT: I'd rather have Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire and TLOZ:ALTTP as the rummored 3D classics forms. I have also my hopes up for original games, not remakes or enhancements like Metroid Zero Mission. I would also love 3rd party games, but I find it even more unlikely than Mother series.

Personal wishlist for the remaining GBA Ambassador titles:

Drill Dozer
F-Zero GP Legends
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Wario Land 4



ianmage1 said:

For crying out loud! Superstar Saga!!! I'd put down every other game just for it!



The_Coz said:

If Mother 3 happened, I would explode. It would be to much awesome in one place.



Tigus said:

Where not asking where DEMANDING give me more Zelda.........please.



Linux_Man said:

I'm hoping for Fire Emblem.

Yoshi's Island will be quite welcome, but some of the games are odd choices. Most of the NES games made sense, but why Wario Ware and Super Mario Kart, I mean, both were great games but they are in nearly all ways eclipsed by their successors on the DS. Metroid Fusion at least should add some depth and I never actually got around to playing Mario Vs Donkey Kong so that will be interesting.

But, seriously some RPGs would be nice, ideally:

1. Fire Emblem
2. Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones
3. Fire Emblem: Sealed Sword (yes, it was only released in Japan but we can hope!)
4. Mother 1+2/Mother 3
5. Advance Wars



Dr_Salvador said:

If I could choose, this would be the last 5:
Advanced Wars
Wario Land 4
Metroid: Zero Mission
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (IF you can change your buttons to Y = Run/shoot, B = Jump. Just like the Mario Games is played on the SNES and New Super Mario Bros. on DS...!)



WertyYertrew said:

I think I said this before, but Minish Cap would be the most awesomerest thing to happen to this Ambassador program. Lately I've also been eying Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. I'm not really sure about Super Mario Advances that aren't Yoshi's Island, though....

I wouldn't hold my breath on Mother 3, Zero Mission, or Final Fantasy either.



Shadow100 said:

Super Mario World
Super Mario Bros. 3
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
Zelda: Minish Cap
Golden Sun
That's five... But I also want to try:
Advance Wars
Donkey Kong
Fire Emblem
Kirby: Amazing Mirror
F-Zero...(Haven't played too many GBA games)
I could probably add alot more but I'll stop.



Blink said:

Holy cow, Advance Wars was released 10 years ago? That's hard to believe...
But I still have my copy of Dual Strike, which is fine with me. Fire Emblem, on the other hand...



NintyMan said:

Going by what the other five NES games turned out to be, Nintendo might release some less-known GBA games for free. What those might be I'm not sure, but at this point I would be very pleasantly surprised if they do release Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.



SuperSonic said:

Please! Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga! I had to sell it along with my DS Lite to get my 3DS (which I am using to type this comment)!

And possibly... Sonic Advance 3?



jeremybristol said:

Super Mario Advance 4, though it would lose the functionality of the card reader (maybe they could fix that with the cameras?).
F-Zero (either)
Fire Emblem (either)
Game and Watch Gallery 4 (It has the Zelda game, if you can earn enough tokens)
Golden Sun (both)
Minish Cap and/or Link to the Past
Mario Party Advance
Metroid Zero Mission
I don't play Pokemon games, but there really should be one.
SWord of Mana was released by NIntendo at least in America
WarioWare Twisted



cnm_nintendo said:

Mario & Luigi Super Saga. Mario & Luigi Super Saga. Mario & Luigi Super Saga. That's all I want o-o If they give me that i'm happy. Though I wouldn't mind if I get the Pokemon GBA's like Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald.



NocturnalYoshi said:

I am liking what I know is coming but there is one that I really want that I know many many others do to. Plz give us Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga! What I wouldn't give to play that again!



MrMagpie said:

I'd like minish cap, zero mission (although with fusion already announced this seems unlikely), Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, Advance Wars and any 'proper' mario platformer.



motang said:

I do hope Metroid Zero Mission would be in the remaining 5 GBA Ambassador games.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Oh man, these are tough decisions since I only got interested in the GBA when Minish Cap was released. But alright, let’s try the impossible and pretend these ten are the only GBA games we’ll ever see as a download.
The words Ambassador, 3DS and Nintendo would be my absolute favourite words if we got these titles for the final five.

  • Mother 1& 2
  • Mother 3
  • Golden Sun
  • Golden Sun 2
  • Drill Dozer
  • Advance Wars (in exchange for Four Swords which I’m not that interested in )

I’d also love to download the following games in the next couple of years.

  • Rhythm Heaven
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
  • Sabre Wulf
  • Super Mario Advance
  • Sword of Mana
  • Donkey Kong Country 2
  • bit.Generations titles
  • Legend of Starfy games

I could come up with a list that includes a better mix of genres but since I only really want games I haven’t got yet I don’t want to give anyone bad ideas here.

@BJWanlund (39.): I thought about Kuru Kuru Kururin too. Would be pretty cool if it was of the ten titles for anybody that couldn’t play it yet.
@PSICOffee (55.): I like your humor here.
@pntjr (72.): You know that you can delete the games you don’t like and you’ll always be able to download them again, right ?



TromaDogg said:

Along with the 5 already announced, just put the GBA version of Zelda: Link To The Past in there as well. I don't really care what the other 4 are. (well, I do, but asides from Mother 3, I've still got my orignal GBA carts of all the other games mentioned, and seemingly most of the ones that people here seem to want as well )



Shadomega7569 said:

i think they should release these 5 GBA games for virtual console
1. Metroid: Zero Mission
2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
3. Megaman Zero
4. Boktai: The Sun is In Your Hands
5. Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django

Why i said Boktai 1&2 was cause i played them and they wernt bad. and i know some of you will ask "how would you use the solar sensor?" well thats an easy. just add in a solar adjuster either hotkeyed to Y&X or set it in the VC menu whatever works.

who agrees with me on this one? there would of been more but only five i really liked



AdamTheApple said:

There must be flipnote studio for 3DS soon i think cuase if it is im idmedietlie downloding it...



RVShadow said:

wario land 4
super mario advanced 4
super mario advanced 2
mother 3
kirby the magic mirror



BassZX said:

I'd Like Nintendo To Take Out A Game From The MegaMan Battle Network Series!!!

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