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Nintendo Network 3DS Promotion to Offer Free Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Download in Europe

Posted by Thomas Whitehead


Today's European Nintendo Direct broadcast certainly showed a festive spirit, with Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata outlining a "Nintendo Network Promotion" to encourage 3DS owners in the region to either create an ID or link their Wii U equivalent.

Nintendo Network IDs were added with the major 3DS system update on 10th December, and a new promotion will offer a free game to those that have already setup an ID on the portable or do so before 31st January 2014. That free download will be Game Boy Color title Super Mario Bros. Deluxe; it's a remixed and enhanced version of the seminal NES game. It includes new challenges, adjustments to the gameplay and even a two player vs. mode on top of the classic platformer, and in our retro review we awarded it a perfect 10.

Download codes will be sent to the email address linked to your Nintendo ID after the promotion closes, between 13th and 28th February 2014. At the time of writing this promotion has only been confirmed for Europe.

Do you have a Nintendo Network ID or plan to set one up? If so then this freebie will come your way.

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User Comments (83)



Discipledoctor said:

Man, I remember playing this all the time as a kid. Hopefully NA sees it to, but you EU folks enjoy it!



Knux said:

I hope NA gets a promotion like this. You lucky Europeans...



millarrp said:

I hope this does come to NA too, I never got the chance to play the origional one...



Stubborn_Monkey said:

OH YEAH. If you haven't played SMB Deluxe, I TOTALLY recommend getting this; it's got the NES classic, a challenge mode that's simply amazing (and infuriatingly difficult sometimes.), a race mode against Boo that's quite fun, and plenty of secrets to unlock (coughlostlevelscough.). It also has lots of stuff to be used on the Game Boy Printer. A pity we won't be able to do anything in that regard in the 3DS.

It's an excellent offer, but I hope this is released worldwide as a normal purchase, because it's well worth paying for. Really, it's just that good.



Worthy said:

Yes more free games for my 3DS which currently has:
The Free Excite bike - From when the 3DS eshop first began.
The Free Nes and GBA games - From the Abassador program.
The Free Zelda four swords game - From when it was Zeldas 25th anniversary.
...and now Mario Delux.




robohobo93 said:

I sure wouldn't mind replacing NES Super Mario Bros. with this version and I already have a NNID, sooo... please Nintendo?



dudey300 said:

Damn, I thought it'd be available once you register! Oh well, it's not like we haven't plenty of games to keep us busy



andreoni79 said:

@dudey300 The funny thing is that we'll receive an email saying there's a free game from Nintendo when we'll surely have forgotten this promo...



Expa0 said:

Is this a club nintendo thing? IE do I have to switch my country into UK to be part of it? It said they send you the Download code via E-mail.. As far as I'm aware the only way they would know your email is via the nintendo club thingy.



MeddlingIdiot said:

I'm not quite sure why Nintendo is offering an incentive to create or link your NNID, but I'll gladly take the freebie all the same.



element187 said:

@ricklongo we get free just dance song... Because apparently Reggie thinks NA only likes just dance..... But looking at the sales, he might be right



RichRadEx said:

I've heard many recommendations for this game, now I'll finally get to try it out!

I hope NA gets this too, I don't them feeling left out or something...



3Daniel said:

By far my favorite version of SMB and while I havr the NES oroginal due to ambassador status, this is a day one if it makes it to the states!!!



Barbiegurl777 said:

This would be nice to have in NA.

I never played super mario deluxe - gbc so to me it'd be very new & nice to play besides the other titles in the 3DS e-shop.

Would LOVE <3 to see more GBC titles come to the 3ds e-shop.

I also have nintendo network id on my little 3ds. Not sure what to do about my 3ds xl as for nintendo network id goes.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



MeWario said:

Super Mario Bros Deluxe is an amazing game! Such a good promotion! Does anyone know if Australia and New Zealand are included in this??? We usually get what ever Europe gets...



2Sang said:

This should be on the noa eshop. Mad good game plus dat ribbons and medals collection.
Please come to north America soon



justinluey said:

I know Nintendo is doing this in Europe because they are struggling there, but they should reward North American users once in awhile.



Obito_Sigma said:

I want free stuff! Nintendo of Europe has had about three free Virtual Console games in the past year! Didn't you guys get free Kid Icarus or something? I can't remember because I never got the chance to get it! And what about those trophies that I begged for? Now I'm going to cry like a little babby and complain to my mom about this!!

No, but really, I hope that this comes to America soon. I had the cartridge when I was still in primary school, but now it's just dust. Too much dirt has scuffled the cartridge throughout all these years, I wouldn't mind playing it especially if I haven't already.



SirQuincealot said:

the only problem with this game, that stops it from being perfect in my opinion is that you cant always see the top half of the screen, i never noticed it as a kid playing it, but i popped it into my gameboy player a few months ago and it is annoying, almost game breaking



SetupDisk said:

I never did get the code for the arcade version of DK on the 3DS when I fulfilled the conditions though.



unrandomsam said:

@justinluey They reward North America with loads of free downloads. (Our Club Nintendo is useless tat). This is the first really decent one we have had. (Other than the free 3d Land promotion and perhaps the buy 3 get one free 3DS games). Yours is a free VC game every 4 retail or something which is miles better.



NoirUsernameHere said:

This is why we can't have nice things, Nintendo. You're always having to release everything somewhere else. -.-



Solid_Stannis said:

Never was a big fan of Deluxe. Gimped the gameplay and trolled you with an annoying lessened field of vision. Added a bunch of bells and whistles.

I'd rather have the original, non-deluxe, non-JP remake version.



Edgy said:

I already had Super Mario Bros free with the Ambassadors program. So now I get a reduced GBC version (bearing in mind Game Boy Printer compatability with the original GBC version) to accompany it. I can think of better unreleased (on 3DS) GBC games to give away...



3Daniel said:

@SirQuincealot i loved this aspect. Adds a tad adventure feel to the game by forcing you to stop and check your surroundings and makes it more difficult!



unrandomsam said:

I wish they could expend the small amount of effort to put the field of view back to nornal.

(Worth £10 to me in that form.)



SirQuincealot said:

and playing through the 5 challenge modes just added more difficulty, thank god even on gameboy you could save at any point in the level, never would have beat it without it.



UnseatingKDawg said:

I'm actually surprised this made it to the eShop, considering that both the original and the Lost Levels were released on there too.

In any case, if NOA decides to follow suit, I'll take advantage of the free download.



WYLD-WOO said:

Completely missed this one as a kid and I`m looking forward to playing this for free in February. Thank you Nintendo for a fantastic Christmas present. Most of my friend`s kids are not allowed to play on-line, yet alone be allowed to register for a Network ID. Think the kids of Europe may help convince their parents with a little free gift like this.



Bass_X0 said:

@Edgy Which is why they are giving it away. Those other games you can think of are more likely to be better sold.

@unrandomsam Nope. Thats what the NES originals are for. You can own the NES versions and Deluxe but still have use for them all.



Olaf-symbiote said:

This is THE definitive version of SMB for me, and it completely pwns the other versions. I don't mind about the more limited screen size, which is really the only flaw here, because everything else is simply perfect. It's been hard for me to go back to the original NES version, as it lacks all the cool extras and is quite boring in comparison.

I only wish Nintendo'd add wireless multiplayer to the vs. mode, as I never got to experience it as a kid. Too bad that's only a PIPE dream (harhar).



LavaTwilight said:

Already done it! Can't wait I love the original title!
Just read the review too... Looks amazing



Moonhillwat said:

I've wanted this on the 3DS for the longest time. I'm sad that it's only for Europe right now.



Tsuchinoko said:

I did some digging around, since there's nothing that really states directly about Japan getting this, and it turns out that we're getting this promotion in Japan as well!
Its weird, but even though its not really been advertised as far as I can tell, its still happening. So its not Europe exclusive.



Kolzig said:

Will this be actually for all of Europe or again only to select few countries?
Was it confirmed that all countries get this?



Beechbone said:

Nothing beats free and you can never have too much Mario, so that's rather cool news.



nindenpamen said:

Huh? I did everything, changed my email (because i thought they gave me junkmail with boring information), accepting my Nintendo ID email and i've putted the code and i didnt got the game? Not even the code from the game.

It was a scam Nintendo, and i did it between the time!



Stubborn_Monkey said:


Quoting this very article: Download codes will be sent to the email address linked to your Nintendo ID after the promotion closes, between 13th and 28th February 2014.

So, you (and everybody else who takes part in the promotion.) should get the game in February.



unrandomsam said:

@Bass_X0 The NES is and always will be eyesore. The interesting bits from this. The sprites from All Stars and then the physics from the original is what is needed. (I would pay full retail for it even.) I won't pay for zero effort on the part of Nintendo though.



themac2001 said:

I have a question. If i make my Nintendo Network ID on my 3DS, can i later connect it to a Wii U?



XavandSo said:

@Worthy Indeed. Free stuff like that justifies my 32GB SD Card. I still play those Ambassador games, I'm stuck half-way in Fire Emblem, it's just not my cup of tea. Anyway, thank you Nintendo, my birthday is smack dab in the middle, that is if it comes to Australia..



Henmii said:

That's good news! I rented this one a couple of years back, and it was the first time I did beat the original Super Mario bros (and even the included Mario lost levels, since you could finally save it)! And I believe there was extra content, like pictures you could collect, Yoshi eggs and a timetrial! Fun stuff, will download it soon!



GlassRat said:

I have already got the NES version of Super Mario Bros on my 3DS from the Ambassador Program (aka early adopter program) - apart from the map this looks exactly the same. Go Nintendo!



Kolzig said:

NIce, might be so that tomorrow some download codes start to arrive.

So two free games in one week, Super Mario Bros Deluxe and Dr. Mario.



Dr_Salvador said:

Why can't I find the retro review of this title? "A perfect 10" is not exactly what the updated review says...

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