If you're anything like this writer, you probably have heard about Nintendo Badge Arcade, but have no idea what it really is. Nintendo Badge Arcade is basically a free to play, virtual arcade game that's centered around the concept of collecting "badges". For $1 you get five shots at controlling a claw machine that operates a lot like the minigame from Kirby's Adventure. You get to keep any badges you manage to grab, and these can then be used to decorate your home screen by placing them on empty tiles.

Up until today this was a Japan only game, but it was just recently announced for North America as well. Nintendo announced it via Twitter and you can go to the eShop right now to download it. It's free to download and to start, so it can't hurt to give it a shot. Who knows? You just might be coaxed into dropping a few bucks to try it a few more times. Here's a short video of the game in action:

What do you think? Will you be trying this out? What do you think of free to play games like this? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[via twitter.com]