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Nintendo Lists Game Boy Advance Title for 3DS Virtual Console

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Dr. Mario ordered into Australian eShop

Those that bought a 3DS at launch, and subsequently got stung by a drastic price cut, received 10 NES and 10 Game Boy Advance games as compensation. The NES games, and others from the system's library, have been gradually arriving in the eShop so that non-Ambassadors can join in, but Nintendo has consistently reiterated that it has "no plans" to do the same with GBA titles. If a new listing on Nintendo's Australian website is any indication, that policy may be set to change.

As spotted by, an official page exists for Dr. Mario on Game Boy Advance. It's interesting that this was released as part of the Classic NES Series on the handheld, and an enhanced remake was also released as part of a 2-in-1 title, Dr. Mario & Puzzle League. There's a possibility that this listing meant to show NES as the platform, so there should still be a degree of caution about this one.

Nevertheless, if this is a potential starting point for Game Boy Advance releases on the 3DS Virtual Console, which titles do you want to see the most?


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User Comments (47)



Linkstrikesback said:

I saw this earlier. I need to warn you right now, after further digging, I found out that that GBA page has been on the Australian Nintendo website ever since the GBA ambassador games came out.

It also says that Dr Mario GBA is "out now" for Australia. Which it isn't.



Cipher said:

This is clearly a mistake. There would be an announcement by Nintendo if they decided to start releasing Game Boy Advance games to the public.



Void said:

I'll be interested when they announce that they are going to give us Fire Emblem 7.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Linkstrikesback Thanks for that, and we've been careful to put a cautionary note in the article. We'll see if we can get official clarification from Nintendo.



Tsuchinoko said:

I would love for the GBA games to come out, though I'm expecting the actual NES/Famicom version of Dr. Mario to come out for the 3DS before any GBA game version.



Usagi-san said:

Linkstrikesback is right the GBA advance info has been there for a long time and if you look closely while we currently have Dr Mario on game boy you can't find it anywhere on the Australian site. I think this is just a case of them not providing the people in charge of the website with the correct info.



WiiLovePeace said:

Yeah that listing has been there for agesss. I just figured it was a mistake. Darn! I should've link the NL team to it & I would've gotten a "Thanks to WiiLovePeace!" in the article Next time



McHaggis said:

I noticed that the information for the game says 1-2 players; none of the current GBA games support multiplayer (only Ice Climber NES supports it).

@Angelic_Lapras_King: not necessarily, they may want those games to remain exclusive to ambassadors for a while longer. I think the GBA emulator for the ambassador games needs a bit of work before being saleable (for instance, sleep mode support needs to be worked in, icons need to be improved, save/restore points, etc). If they released the ambassador games, they'd earn no money for that game from anyone who's an ambassador. Releasing a new game wouldn't be much more work but would be a bigger earner.



Usagi-san said:

Of course it wouldn't have been there for so long if they had a contact form. Who's gonna write a letter or phone nintendo just to tell them they got the info on their site wrong? Not me.



sgotsch said:

I love my ten GBA Ambassador games, but I would also love to see them improved by updates like the NES Games.



Beta said:

I hope they release some Megaman Battle Network when they begin the GBA VC thing. That would probably be an insta-buy for me.



Geonjaha said:

But this is clearly the NES version. Why would Nintendo start emulating exact ports for the GBA that were from the NES?



Spoony_Tech said:

They need to get on with it already! By the time they decide to release them it will be another year or two down the road and the life span of the system will slowly whither away. Forget the gameboy and give us better quality!!



Drewroxsox said:

Aw man.... I really want to get the legend of Zelda minish cap 😠 oh well. I would love to see Nintendo release at least one of the GBA Pokemon games. They were my favorite Pokemon games of all time INSTABUY



Ichiban said:

cmon this has to happen! gba and snes games MUST come to the eshop! its the biggest no brainer in history! I should be playing Mario All Stars, DK Country, etc on my 3DS right now! (well not at the same time, but you know what I mean lol)



TruenoGT said:

I'd love to see the ambassador games go public because it would mean there's a possibility Nintendo would improve the emulation of GBA titles. As is, GBA games are dim and suffer from motion blur that isn't present the NES or GB/GBC emulation on the 3DS. It would also be nice to see them support sleep mode. That being said, I'm not complaining as I appreciate having access to them at all.



photofool83 said:

Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Saphire
Both Golden Sun games
Game & Watch Gallery 4

(Also, I'm an Ambassador and really think everyone should have a chance to own the wonderful games that were given to us.)



Tsuchinoko said:

I should mention that next week we in Japan are getting the final NES/Famicom Ambassador game out for public sale. If there was a time to announce the GBA games being sold publicly, it would becoming up anytime now.



sillygostly said:

This entry has been in the Australian Nintendo website for several months now. It's certainly an error on their part.



Tasuki said:

Glad I still have my GBA SP. Nintendo can take however long they want releasing GBA games on the 3DS. When it happens it happens.



Hokori said:

Even if it was true I wouldn't suggest buying Dr. Mario since you could probably buy WarioWare Inc. for the same price and unlock the Dr. Wario game



edhe said:

"Classic NES Series: Dr. Mario"!? You've got to be effing kidding me!



TrueWiiMaster said:

I wish they'd start putting GBA games on the VC. I'd love to pick up some of the gems I missed like Zero Mission and Fire Emblem, and replay old favorites like Advance Wars and Pokemon. Come to think of it, where's any Pokemon game?!



Tasuki said:

@TrueWiiMaster: I think the problem that is holding Pokemon back from a 3DS VC release is the fact that in order to obtain all pokemon you have to trade with another player. Since there is no way to link classic Gameboy games on the 3DS VC you wont be able to get all the pokemon.



efaulk84 said:

I want Wario Ware which in turn has Dr. Mario as an unlockable game (it is called Dr. Wario). I lost this game a while back and actually miss playing it. I know this was an ambassador game I hope it comes to the public though. I would also like to play Yoshi's island never got to play that even on the SNES.



DarkEdi said:

I hope they update the actual GBA games because they are simple roms without a lot of options like the sleep mode and others.



Boo_Buster said:

It would be great to have the GBA games, but I think this is the NES version, after some copious research. Still, every single time I fill out a VC survey I say something about GBA games. Perhaps they read those? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps



mullen said:

@Tasuki If they want they can just modify the game a bit to make it possible to catch all pokemons (just as some mod versions). It will not harm the trading system because they can disable the trade between VC version and all other versions (or all other 4th and 5th generations).
What I really want is that they can improve the VC system for GBA, just like what they did for NES. However, it may be technically impossible.



UnseatingKDawg said:

Hmmm... An error on their part. Well, we humans are just humans. We make mistakes. But I would like the GBA Ambassador titles to be improved emulation-wise. I mean, if they could pull it off with GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and NES titles, then they shouldn't have a problem with GBA titles. Especially when you put Metroid Fusion or Yoshi's Island into sleep mode, close the system, and then re-open it to have the game come out of sleep mode.



DarkEdi said:

They need first to fix the actual GB games and put all the Super GB options in them.



Moonhillwat said:

Indeed, I have lost my faith. I was unfortunate not to be able to get a 3DS until last Christmas, so I missed out on the Ambassador program. It still greatly pisses me off that I can't even purchase the games on the eShop. It's ridiculous! Shouldn't them being free for ambassadors be enough? But no...



Henmii said:

I soooo hope that it is true! Because that means that the GBA games are finally entering the fray! About time!!



supermonkey117 said:

onimusha tactics, golden sun, final fantasy up to 6 plus tactics, metroid fusion and zero mission, mega man, pinball of the dead, wario land 4, Kirby and the amazing mirror i think gameboy advance games coming out late was planned though i have been waiting for this since i got my 3ds which i love very much. i think this is what the eshop has been missing the sooner this happens the sooner i will be spending my hard earned cash on the eshop till then i will just keep buying ds/3ds games from stores.



Usagi-san said:

Looks like they've removed the GBA Dr. Mario info now although I still can't find anything on the Game boy game.



WaxxyOne said:

As a member of the "exclusive" Ambassador club, I don't care at all if Nintendo releases those GBA games to other people. After all, I still got mine for free, and I hardly think keeping them out of the hands of other 3DS owners provides any extra benefit to me, other than maybe some bragging rights I'd as soon do without.

What I really want to see them do is start releasing GBA games the Ambassadors weren't given though, such as Metroid: Zero Mission or the Advance Wars series. C'mon, there are some great GBA games that many would love to see come to the eShop, Nintendo. Let's get on it.



crazyangrygamer4 said:

okay whats missing from GBA for ESHOP

Pokemon ruby
Pokemon sapphire
Super mario advance
Super mario advance 2
Sonic Advance
Bomberman Story
Donkey Kong Country

im not done yet

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night

that is what should be on for GBA VC For 3DS

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