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Game Boy Advance Games Pop Up On Nintendo Europe Press Site

Posted by Damien McFerran

3DS downloads imminent?

Try not to get your hopes up - especially in the light of recent events - but it looks as if Nintendo is about to announce the release of Game Boy Advance games on the 3DS eShop.

Spotted by German site, a trio of GBA covers have been uploaded onto the Nintendo Europe press server, with Super Mario Ball (AKA Mario Pinball Land), Mario Golf Advance Tour and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga being the games in question.

Nintendo announced today that a special Nintendo Direct will take place on Thursday and that the 3DS eShop would undergo maintenance just before the presentation. Could this finally mean the advent of downloadable GBA titles on your 3DS?

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RebeccaGunn said:

Mario Golf and Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga will be very welcome additions to the eShop. I recall Mario Pinball Land got HORRID reviews back in the day, but I guess they can't all be winners.

Still hoping we'll get an announcement for HarmoKnight in the Direct...



nothankyou said:

It's certainly possible, I guess.
Also, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga is my favourite game of all time, so I welcome all GBA games with open arms.



DF2506 said:

So hope this is true & its announced for the U.S. too. I'd love to download Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga. Thats a really, really good game! hopes



idork99 said:

The best news I've read today! Keeping my fingers crossed and hope that this will come true



19Robb92 said:

That'd be great. Mario & Luigi: SuperStar Saga is THE best GBA game IMO. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.



TysonOfTime said:


Now all I need is a Wii(U)make of Kirby Air Ride and I'm set for life.




AlternateButtons said:

If Superstar Saga came to the eShop I would lose my sh*t and buy it in a heartbeat. Superstar Saga was unfortunately was one of the few GBA titles I missed out on due to lack of knowledge and internet at the time. (I think I was about 7 when it came out) I've been wanting to play it ever since I played Partners in Time on the DS. Unfortunately when I sold my DS Lite for a DSi It didnt occur to me I was losing the GBA backwards compatibility function so I was never able to buy this game. But if it comes to the eShop I will buy it like no tommorow. I NEED TO PLAY THIS GAME DAMMIT.



Knuckles said:

OK this is good news. Now SEGA put all of your Sonic games from portable systems onto the eshop



belmont said:

I don't know what makes Superstar Saga such a good game. The gameplay is boring, the script is kind of lame and the sence of humor is very bad.

However if they somehow managed to polish the GBA emulation (which now is not as good as it should be) on 3DS more GBA games are more than welcome. I still have a lot of GBA games and play some of them sometimes. Recently I replayed the 3 Castlevania games and Metroid Fusion.



Spoony_Tech said:

Yes please!! Every time I take a survey on club Nintendo where it asks the question; what would make you reture to the eshop I always put GBA games. I've must have done that like 40 times! I will take two of those games listed and be just happy with that for now!



StephenYap3 said:

I'm taking the games that are not named Mario Pinball Land...if they reach here to the US, that is.



Freelance said:

Great that GBA games may come to Eshop but I don't want any of the games mentioned. I love pinball and all but Mario Pinball looks so blah and not much to do with actual pinball.



TheChosen said:

Well, this might turn out to be "a mistake" like last time, but I say they will be available sooner or later.



Geonjaha said:

Ok - I'm always of the assumption that GBA games arent coming, but this evidence is getting harder and harder to argue with. It still makes no sense though. Why GBA games so early? We havent got all the NES titles yet, only have 1 game outside of that, only have a couple of GG games, etc, etc.



Aqueous said:

Nice, I was kind of hoping the maintenance would be multiplayer gameboy vc, but if this turns true and happens, that would be awesome.



Bobhobob said:

On another note, one of the few games on GBA I would ever rebuy is Hamtaro: Ham Ham Heartbreak just because that was my first video game ever and i was playing it earlier on my ds lite



RetroGBHippie92 said:

@TysonQ7 I don't think another version of Kirby's Air Ride will happen, Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Air Ride, resigned from Nintendo after making that game and formed his own studio, Sora Ltd, which helped make Super Smash Bros Brawl and Kid Icarus Uprising.



RR529 said:

I'm not getting my hopes up, but I'd like it to be true.

Superstar Saga is the only one of those three games that interest me, though.



Firejonie said:

Dear NoA

Bring Mario and Luigi Super Star Saga to the eShop and I'll give you all my cash.

A fan.



ouroborous said:

ugh, as much as i want to see GBA in the 3dsvc, they need to give us better games than that....



TKOWL said:

Why should I pay to get Superstar Saga now, when I've beat it 3 times already?

Because it's the best damn game ever made, as pix can asses too.



baba_944 said:

May someone please give me a link to this? I can't find it. The original site for this, not the source.



pariah164 said:

My Superstar Saga cart... it is losing the ability to save.
Please, PLEASE let this be real. Please.



bboy2970 said:

Oh lord PLEASE don't let this just be a total coincidence...The only thing that makes me nervous is....where is the US in all this rumor hupla? Europe os getting a direct on the 4th and buth the European and Japanese shops are going down around that time. Where's out direct? Where's our maintenance?



Retro_on_theGo said:

Oh my gosh it all makes too munch sense! Please let this be real, PLEASE! This can't just be the biggest coincidence ever.



Yosher said:

This 'news' and the maintainance are a tad bit too coincidentally close to each other for this not to be true. You never know though, people pull pranks all the time. If it's true though, then YAY!



ianmage1 said:

There's my favorite video game of all time, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga! Please make this happen in the US.



Hokori said:

Weird all this stuff happening on my birthday, if this is announced at ND on my birthday I'll say Nintendo gave me the best present ever! Also I'd buy Superstar Saga and Golf



Drewroxsox said:

Where's Pokemon? Nintendo must not like money, because GBA Pokemon would be an instabuy for a lot of their consumers.



Robo-goose said:

I've never played ML:SS, but I've all ways wanted to.
Really hoping for this to be true.



Hokori said:

Other titles I hope for are FF V, FF VI, Drill Dozer, Gunstarsuper heroes, Pokemon LG/FR, and many many many more



catsrnice said:

Well no I guess I can't do that exactly but at least I can actually reccomend it to them now that they can actually get it easily.



baba_944 said:

I hate doing stuff illegal. I am changing. I loved the Gameboy Advance commercials I always wanted one. Now through illegal methods, just ruins it for me. NINTENDO needs to crack down on piracy fast because it is just wrong. Sure I admit I did it, but it was wrong. Once this is true (yes thinking positive) I will buy every single Gameboy Advance games in the eShop. Will this speech get me banned again? Because I think I made my point across. Case in point DON'T HACK.



Bane said:

I agree with you Baba, i also download game illegally but if they came to the eshop, then i would sure as hell buy them cause i want them in a portable mode instead of being in the computer sitting and playing with a keyboard, much mor fun on console.



Marioman64 said:

i have all three, and would by them all again... well toadstool tour is a bit on the fence for me. I loved it, but the game is so massive that i'm afraid to start a new file. I prefer plopping my gba cartridge in and using my overpowered character than can easily get a hole in 2 on a par 5 course



Moonhillwat said:

Will they finally start doing GBA games? That would be awesome. They're a little late though. I'm getting a Game Boy Player and will most likely be getting games like that instead.



baba_944 said:

And also: Can Gameboy Player be back? For the 3DS/Wii U connectivity. And e-Readers?.



NintyMan said:

I'm going to keep expectations low, but that would be awesome. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is a great game, so that's welcome. Mario Golf Advance Tour was all right and Mario Pinball Land was considered one of the few bad Mario games, so it's strange that those two are mentioned. I also think that if this were to happen, then why wouldn't they make the GBA Ambassador games available to everyone besides ambassadors?

We'll just have to wait until Thursday...



TheN64Dude said:

Oh, sure when Amazon posts it it's gotta be true. But, a German Nintendo site? DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP!!!! (This better be true, we need GBA games on 3DS VC)



FluttershyGuy said:

If you want to see Game Boy Advance games on eShop, give me a HELL YEAH! So many games I've missed on GBA over the years. I hope this is true!



MattEriks said:

Nintendo will release gba vc sooner or later... if not they would be pretty stupid



TheRavingTimes said:

My (current) GBA wish list:

  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
  • Golden Sun
  • Fire Emblem
  • F-Zero GP Legends
  • Final Fantasy IV & VI
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
  • Sonic Advance 3


Capt_N said:

I wonder how the majority of (3DS) Ambassadors must feel about this, in relation to the (specific topic of) (greater-than-medium/middle) possibility of once-only-Ambassador games being made available to the general public, despite the obvious fact that Ambassadors got a set number of games free, that others have to pay for.

I'm not an Ambassador, but even I would have to say that such an event would, to me, lessen the value of my "freebies"/"recompense"(even though they're not really free), that were given to me, in exchange for me buying a 3DS early in it's (commercial) lifespan, & then the price-drop.

Then again, to some degree this has already happened, as I recall Super Mario Bros., & The Legend of Zelda were Ambassador games, weren't they? Or am I wrong there? I have no trouble admitting I might be wrong here.



ogo79 said:

lets get the stupid mario games out the way and bring on all 3 castlevanias for gba.



Pichuka97 said:

Please bring Pokemon Sapphire and Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland to the eShop and I will die a happy gamer. Oh and Sonic Advance 2 because its the only Sonic Advance game I dont have:)



vdallos said:

The list is huge, golden sun, the remakes of legend of zelda, mario world, donkey, final fantasy, final fight, astroboy, pokemon, advance wars, ...



Zombie_Barioth said:

Maybe the reason theres no rumors for the NA e-shop is because they're letting Europe have first dibs for a change (if its true anyway).

Sounds good if it actually happens, I'm looking forward to finding some hidden gems making their way onto the shop. Games like Robopon and Shining Soul that get overshadowed by the more well known and popular series.



Furealz said:

I think my life is fulfilled! I must be dreaming because I swore I saw Mother 3.......haw never gonna....who knows?



MattEriks said:


well i want as many of my old gba gemes on my 3ds as possible. Am far from happy with the ten 10 gba games i got as an ambasador. I also want
Golden sun 1 & 2
Metroid Zero Mission
just to name my must have



TrueWiiMaster said:

I hope this turn out to be true for all regions. I'd love the chance to get some of the GBA gems I missed.



NoirUsernameHere said:

my gba wishlist
legend of zelda:the minish cap
golden sun
mario and luigi superstar saga
any gba pokémon
that's all i can think of for now



WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man I'd be all over getting Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga if that's true. It's the only Mario & Luigi game I haven't played, I love the other 2 so I'm sure this one would be awesome too



Kisame83 said:

Im holding out hope, and here is why- remember when Sega's financials were leaked, and they denied it...then shortly after admitted it? Until the day and date that higher ups allow it, reps can NOT talk about things like this. So if Nintendo hasn't green lit an announcement, they can only say they have no new plans or no comment.



wuuds said:

oh please please please let this be true.. GBA games would seriously push eshop sales up like a rocket. and there are so many great titles they could choose from!

on the wishlist:

mother 3 (hope never dies!!!!!)
metroid series
astro boy omega factor
gunstar super heroes
shining soul II
riviera the promised land
yggdra union
final fantasy VI

and so many more!!!!!

but yes if it is true then i'll be grabbing mario & luigi superstar saga straight off the bat!



Gridatttack said:

It will be nice to see some GBA games on the VC, but please nintendo, dont derp out in the list of games...



ecco6t9 said:

Hopefully Nintendo moves these games into 3DS Mode and not have the ARM Processor run them natively.




If this does turn out to be true that Nintendo Of Europe is getting GBA games first, then I HIGHLY WELCOME it with open arms. True, I would love to replay Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario Golf: Advance Tour again. Who wouldn't? Mario Pinball Land is one I ain't to crazy about tbh. As for other games, I'd love to see the two Golden Sun games and both Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission , and Mario Tennis: Power Tour emerge. But then again, this is just rumor to me for now as I'll wait to see what NOE has to say on this all when 10/4/2012 hits. Let's all hope this is true.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

Hm...if this turns out to be true, the price will be a concern. I suspect it'll be around the price of a 3D classic game for a GBA title.



Halifirien said:

@Capt_N I'm a 3DS Ambassador and it doesn't bother me a bit if GBA games are made available. I didn't buy the 3DS at launch expecting to get them; they were just a nice consolation prize for being an early adopter. I want more GBA games, so I'll settle for merely getting them free before anyone else. lol



Marakuto said:

My sister enjoys my ambassador games on the 3DS I HAD TO GIVE HER. I'd get Sonic advance 3 if it was available, as I didn't get it all those years back and definitely not Spyro games.



Tsuchinoko said:

Would be nice. I'd have preferred to have the Ambasssador GBA games come out first, just like the NES games. Hoping there's some big update coming for the E-shop.

BTW, looking at the Japanese Nintendo site, I don't see anything about any upcoming maintenance, it might say so on the actual e-shop though.

Just...from what I'm seeing, there's no indication on the Japanese side at all about any of the GBA info.



Tsuchinoko said:

Actually, the big update we've been getting on the Japanese e-shop was more retail downloads, quite a few of them actually. Ocarina 3D, Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing), Star Fox 64 are all coming on the 3DS e-shop. That was our recent Nintendo Direct. It might be the same for Europe with this one coming tomorrow.




G'Lord! Superstar Saga is a heavy hitter and an all time great. That would be amazing if it came to the eShop. Mario Golf Advance is decent as well. Very decent.



Void said:

Mario is nice and sll.
But if Nintendo released Fire Emblem.(7: Blazing Sword.)
I would pay $30 for it and buy a ton of Nintedo's merchandise.



Marow said:

If this is indeed true, it would be great news!

However, if true, they should really release more games per week.



wuuds said:

hmm.. i just realised that nintendo will probably ask full price for these if they do start making them available. if that's the case then i dunno... i might just pick them up used on the net then. can i justify paying almost 3DS prices for a GBA game?
not sure if i can lie to myself like that anymore



Tsuchinoko said:

@wuuds What makes you think they'd sell them at the same prices as 3DS retail games? We don't even know if they're going to put them on the e-shop yet, and there's no indication of price at all. Its too early to say on something like that. Either way, I've seen no information at all that would point to them selling them at a price above anything on the e-shop at least.



FonistofCruxis said:

I can play GBA games on my DS so I'd rather they focused on getting more GB/GBC games on to the eshop as well as Virtual boy games so that I could play Virtual boy Wario land.



Froggievilleus said:

Oh Nintendo, please don't tease so. All three are day 1 insta-downloads. Especially the golf. The hours I spent playing that and then linking with the Cube version. It got to the point where no one would play with me anymore since my stats were insane.



Emaan said:

I really hope this happens. There's a lot of GBA games I missed out on. Take my money Ninty!



wuuds said:

@Tsuchinoko You think what i said is that unreasonable? and i didn't say 'same price' i said 'almost 3DS prices'. i just can't see them selling a game like Final Fantasy VI for less money than VVVVVV or even Mutant Mudds. Or let's look at the current 'buy in stores' options on the eshop like New Art Academy and Freaky Forms.
Ok so I guess they will be less than a 3DS game like Resident Evil Revelations but i don't eactly think they will be 'cheap'. do you?

(oh and please don't view my comments in the 'every post on the internet is negative and designed for controversy' glasses. i'm just neutrally musing no malicious intent. promise.)



Tsuchinoko said:

@Wuuds ...I didn't say unreasonable, I just said its too early to say, and there's no indication of what the price would be.

In either case, I don't know what the prices in your country are, but in Japan most of the e-shop titles are between 400-700 yen, with the occasional title like The Rolling Western or Denpa Ningen being around 1000. The retail games are 4000-6000. That's a huge jump. So "almost 3DS prices" would be what price exactly? I'm expecting 700-800 yen for the GBA games, which I think is totally reasonable.



Mattiator said:

Just give me Riviera: The Promised Land and Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone (especially YU since my cart's finally starting to kick the bucket. Played the hell out of that one). There's a few other lesser-known titles I'd enjoy seeing, like Dark Arena and Megaman & Bass.



shinpichu said:

If this is true, it might give me a reason to buy a 3DS. The only con is that I wouldn't be able to play my existing GBA games on my 3DS.



wuuds said:

@Tsuchinoko look i already said i might have jumped the gun on the 3DS prices thing. that should be enough.

if games are priced around 700-800 as you say then i'll jump right on it. but we'll see. staying cautiously optimistic. i'm already a little bummed out that out of this possible list of GBA titles there's only really one that everyone wants. why not open up with a host of titles that everyone and Nintendo knows the the fans really want? it's a mystery to me





You know, I saw that same Nintendo Direct on YouTube last night before I went to sleep. I think it's good that Nintendo is trying to make more of an effort to get "past" 3DS games out onto the eShop as Digital Downloads. It's good for business imo. But just remember one thing, just because GBA games haven't shown up yet on the 3DS page on Nintendo Of Japan's site yet, doesn't mean that they can't go in there and update their site again within a couple of days for any sign of any upcoming GBA games for 3DS VC.



Tsuchinoko said:

@3DSLUIGI Oh no, I know that. Its just that everyone is looking at this "mystery" EU Nintendo Direct and thinking that it will lead to the announcement of the GBA games. For example, Japan isn't having any sort of site maintenance at least as far as I know, and their corresponding Nintendo Direct was the announcement about the new batch of retail game downloads coming next month. Of course (just like with my dream announcement of Megaman Legends 3) the GBA announcement could come at any time. I'm always thinking that I could be pleasantly surprised. I'm not expecting them to be put on the service in the immediate future, but hey, if I woke up in the morning and saw some kind of announcement for the GBA games, I'll snatch them up right away

I do think that, when they do come up, from what people have been saying, the solution to the Ambassador GBA games being so outdated in their features would be for them to download the new updated versions for free. I don't know if a simple patch-type update will work on those games as they currently are. I could be wrong, but that seems like a logical solution.





The more I think about this, the more I'm starting to wonder if Nintendo Of Europe's Nintendo Direct is going to be something like what the Nintendo eShop Nintendo Direct was. I mean, they have that new Animal Crossing: Jump Out!! Nintendo Direct coming to Japan on 10/5/2012 , and I believe Nintendo is scheduling that for a 11/8/2012 release because I noticed there is an Animal Crossing themed 3DS Bundle set to be released that day also. But still, I hope this possible GBA announcement shows up in some form.



Tsuchinoko said:

@3DSLUIGI I think it will show up, fairly soon considering that all of the NES/Famicom Ambassador games are out in Japan now. I think it will either show up as an announcement in Japan first, or all regions at around the same time.

Of course, I'm not saying this GBA EU press site thing isn't part of any eventual announcement though. All of those seem like potential titles. Like with the NES titles though, I'm expecting the Ambassador titles to come out first.

I do hope so too, since I want like, half of those titles.



Geonjaha said:

@Tsuchinoko - Exactly. They wouldnt announce GBA games solely in an European Nintendo Direct. They would announce it in all regions at once or only in Japan at first. It also seems unlikely since we dont have all the NES Ambassador games yet. For all we know the GBA games for sale (if this is true) will only be games not available for the Ambassador program.



Tsuchinoko said:

@Geonjaha That's a possibility too, though I'd be disappointed, since I'd love to have some of those titles. Of course, there are plenty of non-Ambassador GBA titles I'd like to have as well. I'll be happy with whatever they offer.

Other regions have been dragging their feet on the NES/Famicom Ambassador titles. We got the final one in Japan September 19th.



WhiteLayer said:

I'm one of the ambassadors, I actually got my 3DS the same day the price cut (and the ambassador program) was announced, just because it would mean I'd get those GBA games I'd have a hard time tracking down otherwise, for free.

I have absolutely no problem with GBA games coming to the eShop, I've been waiting for that since I got my 3DS. I don't mind it if the ambassador GBA games get added there either, because why wouldn't everyone else get a chance to get them as well? It's not like Nintendo will suddenly make ME pay for the games I already got for free. So I won't lose anything. However, I seem to recall that when the ambassador program was announced, they said that the NES games would later be updated and released to the eShop so anyone could get them, but they had no plans to do the same with the GBA ones. So who knows. Either way, I hope for the non ambassadors that they will add them sooner or later, and that we'll get GBA games in general soon, especially Superstar Saga.



Boo_Buster said:

I ask them to add GBA games every time I fill out a VC survey on Club Nintendo, so I am sure they certainly hear it from the North American crowd as well as from everyone else. If people want to buy it and it can be done, why not do it? I hope that this is the case, the GBA had some really awesome games. More GBC games too, please. LoZ: Oracle of Ages/Seasons would be amazing



Nardar said:

I wonder when the US will get these if this does happen. I will get Superstar saga.



Beta said:

Please, please, pleeeeeeeeease put some Megaman Battle Network games T~T



Doge said:

i want superstar saga so bad... ill say please 100 times
please please please please please... nmever mind



Wonder_Ideal said:

It would be excellent to see Nintendo put GBA games on the eshop. It would be even better if they released some multiplayer games (like Sonic Battle) with new wireless multiplayer like they did with Four Swords Anniversary Edition.



grumblebuzzz said:

I don't think NA is getting a Nintendo Direct and I doubt that they would do a huge system update to allow GBA game compatibility without making it a world wide thing so I'm taking this with the tiniest grain of salt.



Tsuchinoko said:

@grumblebuzzz Well yeah, they would need a huge worldwide update for the Ambassador games, either that or just have the program members download the new files for free and delete their old ones.

They wouldn't need an update if they released non-Ambassador GBA games though.



bluecat said:

Not gonna get my hopes up here but GBA games on the eShop would sure be swell. :9



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

that would be cool if this happens. @bluecat You made me flash back to Superman the movie. Swell [chuckles to himself]

[start of non gaming happiness]

Oh yeah, WAIKATO HAS THE RANFURLY SHIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go the mighty Mooloo! (the Ranfurly Shield is the most important piece of silverware in NZ provincial rugby. More important than the provincial championship title, because it is rare to get a challenge for it) Take that Taranaki. I AM SO HAPPY

[end of non gaming happiness]



LittleIrves said:

No way this N. Direct is about GBA on the eShop. BUT for what it's worth, I'm playing Mario Golf Advance on my still-working GBA SP and I'm loving it. Took me awhile to get used to the Story Mode, but it's a neat way to flesh out the experience. Darn that Links Course is tough!



grumblebuzzz said:

@Tsuchinoko I know it wouldn't take a big system update to put GBA games on the server and that's why I said that all the commotion about the eShop maintenance being GBA games didn't make sense. In honesty, it was probably so they could update NSMB2's coin rush mode to link with the eShop.



coolvw93 said:

i wouldnt mind this, though it would have to be the games i missed for gba, which is probably a good amount of the better ones. maybe a pokemon ruby, saphire, or emerald would be good for me....

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