Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador program has just gone live in North America with 10 free NES games available to download.
The games — which were scheduled to be released tomorrow — are available to download for eligible 3DS owners. As a reminder, here's what's available:
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Ice Climber
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Wrecking Crew
- NES Open Tournament Golf
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Here's how to download the games:
1 — Enter the eShop from the 3DS Home Menu. It's the icon with the bag on it.
2 — Scroll to the far left and select "Settings / Other".
3 — Scroll down and select "Your Downloads"
4 — The games will appear here once ready for download, alongside software you've already downloaded. You don't need to download these again, just the NES games.
5 — Select the NES game you want to download, select Software Info and then Redownload.
6 — Your NES game should now begin downloading!
Nintendo has warned that due to the large numbers of people attempting to download these games, you may experience longer than usual download times. Have patience, and soon the games will be yours.
Don't forget to download the 3DS Ambassador Certificate while you're at it to stay informed about upcoming Ambassador information.
Get to it NoE!
Got mine! thnx nintendo! finally have something on my home screen haha
NoA did something before NoE? First time in recent memory! If you guys really want these I guess you can give us The Last Story or Xenoblade Chronicles! XD
Got them! I'm gonna disappear for a bit now while I play them.
gotta go to the coffee shop and download these noooaaarrrwrxxpqkz
Downloading now. I'm looking forward to play them on the go. Half of these games I never finished back in the day and the other half I never even played. Now would be my chance.
weird.. i know im an ambassador because I've checked up on it to make sure.. all the games are there where you said, but It says "coming to nintendo eshop" where it should say download. o__o
Hmm they are showing up but i can't seem to download them, i know i'm an ambassador it just only says "software info"
ahh i had to go into "your downloads"
For those having a bit of trouble finding the download links, on the Settings/Other screen instead select "Your Downloads." The games are listed there with the option to "Redownload." That's how I got them.
I went into "Your Downloads".
With step 3 you're actually supposed to select "Your Downloads", then go to the back of your downloaded titles list.
I love the jingle the menu icons make. :3
Edit: NINJA'D! D8
Thanks for saying that! I wouldn't have thought of it haha just checked that it's there for me too.
What time will it be in the uk ?
Yeah I had to go to the section where it says "your downloads" too.
There's no option to download them from account activity.
Mine say's coming to eshop.
Ah fudge, seems Europe is once again at the very end of the foodchain... Well, I'll have more time to practice being patient then...
gimmie gimmie gimmie
@16 Later. Just Later. RAAAAGGGGEEEE!!!!!! :3
@ 16. I would guess in the next 23hrs.
@Kifa Don't worry, you're not alone... We don't have them in Australia yet either, despite it actually being the 1st of September here. =P
@23 At least you can confirm that your getting the games. Europe has been left in the dark.
Poor NOE. If only they had an awesome Wii exclusive RPG like XenoBlades to play instead.......
I just got done with all these downloads. It took forever to download them individually, but I finally got 'em!
I still find it hilarious that people thought these games would fill up their SD cards. I'm sure someone's going to say "But the GBA games are bigger!", but really, they're only a couple MB big anyway, and will not fill up that 2GB card that came with your system.
Now to play Super Mario Bros.!
@JayArr yea.. I feel for them.. I really do. :/ I can't imagine the horrible sadness that must fill a jrpg fans heart at the news of being left out from getting one of the best games in years.
@27 Not everyone owns a Wii. I just stick with handhelds, which is why I'm just waiting for the 3DS to pick up some steam
@Geonjaha You have one of the best JRPG's in the last several years available to you right now.. and you haven't almost literally teleported to the store to pick it up yet?? Wow. lol I wish I could get my hands on a copy. Understatement.. but still.
@JayArr In Australia we don't currently have the NES Games or Xenoblade Chronicles... But if all goes to plan I should have all 11 by the end of the day (it currently being 1:23am). =P
I could download Yoshi and Zelda II before my school blocked my 3DS... Now, i'll be a good student and
play video gamesignore them until 2:00 pm.
@Gohonq Tell me about it... Comes out in Australia today and I've pretty much been sitting here watching the clocks for weeks just waiting for its release lol No way I could just sit here while it's out in the stores without rushing down there and buying it for myself.
@Gohonq I just said I dont have a Wii. Well technically I didnt, but whatever. Theres no chance in me picking up a game for a console I dont own ._.
@Geonjaha Buy one
Wow were getting something early from Ninty for a change!? This is just shy of Epicness status.
Lol You're lucky to get it though.. I know it must have been painful to wait this long to finally get it.. but I'd take getting it today over not getting it at all any day. I am very very annoyed with NOA.. They seem to hate all of us core gamers at the moment lol. I REALLY want xenoblade.. but what can ya do?
I'm an american ambassador, yet it won't let me download them...
If I lived in Europe I would totally teleport to a game store and buy not Xenoblade Chronicles right now. But I don't, so oh well. I also don't have a 3DS, so I can't get these yet.
@Gohonq Import a Wii and the game from Europe (if you're that desperate). =P
I found out how to do it, I had to go to 'your downloads' instead of account activity, and found them listed to download there
ah, sadly I dont have the money to do that kind of thing right now lol Believe me if I did, I would have as soon as I heard it was coming out in EU.
I think I shall go have a sleep for a bit.
Then when I wake up I shall check the eShop and hopefully I can download my free games to play while I'm on the train on my way to pick up Xenoblade Chronicles.
And if they're not there I'll just be mildly annoyed and play Shantae: Risky's Revenge on the way (why that hasn't officially been released in Australia, I do not know).
Either way, better get some sleep now because I'll be too busy tomorrow night. =P
I live in NA on the east coast, and the games are listed in my account activity but no option to download them or the certificate yet...
While the 3DS top screen has a size well-suited to the NES games, I wish they'd given us some sort of retro option analogous to the Game Boy frame with the subtle 3D effect... perhaps a classic TV frame with slight bowing would have worked.
Anyhow, I held START+SELECT on my first boot up just to see, and sure enough there was nothing.
i dont have them yet i live in ohio must be west coast
Definitely only on the West Coast, I imagine. I'm in Colorado and nothing yet.
EDIT: Apparently not, as most of my West Coast friends are saying otherwise. As do my East Coast friends. Hm.
That's a completely different situation, Nintendo of Europe happened to decide they wanted to translate the game, I don't see how you guys not getting it is at all connected to us having to wait for free games - especially when we're in a time zone that should really mean they're here first.
If you want, I can give you a list of games, JRPG's or otherwise that were released over in the US but not in Europe Hell, we had to wait over two years for Animal Crossing.
Not here on the West coast either. I live in California and the ambassador certificate and games are "coming soon". Has to be the east coast?
I guess there is the possibility that they realized they released them too early and took them down...
Just trying to put things into perspective. People are whining about about having to wait 24 hours or less for some dusty old NES games. While the US has to wait a year to infinity for some decent Wii RPGS.
It's 24 hours. Get a grip whiners.
I have downloaded all of them now! WOOHOO!
re: others — they definitely haven't been taken down! look harder?
Its just, why wouldn't they put it online for everybody ...
@warioswoods (46.): Build up anticipation for the enhanced versions. It will certainly be there. Or most likely not, who am i kidding.
No fair! There are no restore points!
I'm sure they'll be here for everyone by tomorrow. The date WAS 1st of September after all and it's still 31st of August now. Patience is virtue, people. XD
@52 Wow, calm down. People have a right to voice their opinion. Just because its going to take more than 24 hours for you to get your RPG doesnt mean you should start throwing a temper tantrum :3
Still nothing, and I gotta get going for class. It's a forty minute ride there. Sigh.
the way the buttons are mapped is awful, and you can't change it
Awesome news! I thought we werent getting them till tomorrow
@BulbasaurusRex: I think I recall reading that the restore points would be made available through a future update.
yeah restore points are coming soon
It's Limited time? I still didn't got my 3ds, so
@lockelocke They already have restore points! Just hit home and close a game and it will automatically save!
Coming from a European who's waiting for the games to be put up, I'll say: Yay for the NA fans, that's awesome for you guys
I bought my 3ds at the new price and i got too the 10 free games (and later the other 10). Great!!
@sonicman1011 thats not the restore points feature. It will save and will also allow you to access the home menu but if you download any of the other VC games you will see what the restore point is
@YashaStepanovic Thanks for the info!
Not too psyched about the NES ones, I'm looking forward to the GBA Games! Ill still download them all though
Did it got them all!
I thought we were getting them thursday!?!!??! I'm so excited!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!! My ambassador games!
Awesome! grabs 3DS
I just played Super Mario Bros. and is it just me or does the controls feel AWFUL..
Oh man consider me amused that Europeans are complaining that they don't get it early. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS PEOPLE. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DROP DEAD. Protip: Avoid fast-moving vehicles
there is no download button for me.....
@bossmank You go to "your downloads" god people seriously. It's not hard lol
We'll be getting an update later this year that adds Restore Point and Multiplayer functionality to these games, so maybe we'll get an option for retro-refitting as well.
Yes, the posted Step 3 is wrong. Go to Downloads instead.
Got all mine plus the Ambassador download (I'm in Ontario, Canada(GMT-5)). I played a bit of Zelda, and agree with pizzacore, the controls are a little "off". The analog stick is smoother than the DPad, but I found it easy to "over-steer". I'll play more this weekend and maybe it will be better.
The games are 33 - 35 blocks each and go directly to your SD card. The Ambassador certificate is 147 blocks. If your download fails, just close the eShop and try again.
Reggie must have gotten my distress call of a text - I told him I was leaving town this evening and wouldn't have access to my WiFi until early next week. Noice!
I guess we already needed to wait for tomorrow, and so be it. There is no way we can change it. I hope they're there in the afternoon imo, but the evening is still the 1st of September.
Nevermind, the controls are okay.
Ah, I'm stuck at work, but I'll download them in a few hrs I guess they released them a day early so tomorrow won't be so crowded on the servers for North American download day yay!
yes i got it but the time to download was shorter than usual
lol It takes 3 seconds to download like GB games
Also: I've been playing Yoshi for a bit and I actually like it. Maybe because it's better suited for handheld gaming? I'm just glad I have these sweet NES games on the go. Bummer we won't get 3D Classics Balloon Fight.
I also want to learn to play that golf game. Kinda hard...
Nice...downloaded and all works well. I like the suspend. I WISH they had an option to choose which screen to play it on though.
Controls are working great for me. I tested on both Mario and Zelda II. Both seemed to play exactly the same. The A and B mappings work fine for me too, and I don't feel that I would like them mapped elsewhere.
I have yet to look really close, but the first impression I have on the pixels is that they are 1:1, with no scaling present. Since both the NES and the 3DS have a vertical resolution of 240 pixels, it is not surprising. If there are going to be borders available in the future, I doubt you would see anything across the top or the bottom.
NoE and GBA games soon I hope
Got 'em! Thanks for the heads-up Nintendo Life!
Wow, I'm surprised that all the games were available at once. I thought that they would have spaced them out at one game per week. This is great!
Lucky Americans getting them a day early. Well atleast we still have Xenoblade.
got the games. Oh and they have added "single system multiplayer”.
hold L and R then click Y to switch to controller 2.
I hate free games
@JumpMad: The PSN says hello
This is awesome! Today's my day off... Thanks Nintendo. Great to have 10 new games to play.
@LordJumpMad: I'm sending you my address. You can send me $50 now for NES games and $90 when the GBA games hit.
I think it would be better if we had accounts for Nintendo online instead of just the serial numbers. I like how on my Xbox or your PS3, when I buy arcade games or DLC, they are under my name and forever mine to download again on any other console. But on the DS I spend $20 on a card and say one day sell my DS and buy another one at a later date I can't get those games I bought back.
bullsh*t. we get them tomarrow. they're added to our account today. they all say that they're coming to eshop. im going to check tomarrow.
I love free games! And one day early surprises!
Got 'em all after I saw others on my Friend List playing 'em.
@#96 There is going to be a transfer tool to take care of that problem in the near future.
Your right, downloading these games aren't hard. Problem is, they aren't yet available for some of us in the States for whatever reason. I checked a few hours ago and they were still "coming soon". There was no download button, period :/
I think later on I'm going to spend a massive amount of time trying to beat all of these games (SMB, LoZ, and then Zelda II) first.
@ShadowSniper7 Are you sure you checked "Your Downloads" instead of "Account Activity" ? I made the same mistake but then saw that It was in your downloads. You have to scroll through all of your downloaded games and find the ambassador games and redownload them.
Well, I hoping we would get the remakes of Mario Bros 2 and 3. Let's hope we still see them on the GBA roster.
Hmm somewhat disappointed at the selection. Downloaded Metroid and Mario since those are the only ones I actually care to invest some time in.
@Pizzacore: I think that might be the issue. I'll try that out as soon as I get the chance. Thanks!!
Sorry I'm late. I was gettin' meh goodies!
But isn't it a day early? I thought they were to be released tomorrow...
Hey guys no complaints but can somebody just answer me this:
Where can we, the people of the UK, confirm that we are an ambassador..?
I would very much appreciate an answer
THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Please excuses my happiness just got home from school and look what I see. See you guys later to games!!
Got it hours ago. LOVIN' IT! Now how about those GBA games, baby...
Hey guys no complaints but can somebody just answer me this:
Where can we, the people of the UK, confirm that we are an ambassador..?
I would very much appreciate an answer
Europe people are complaining? Go play Xenoblade.
Nintendo is giving us rehash games again!
These games are for babies!
Thanks, James, for the steps. I couldn't figure out how to download until I read it here on NL. Can't anything just be simple for Nintendo?!?!? lol
You can never please Gary.
Thanks so much for posting the directions, I never would've looked under settings.
In other news squeals with glee
No, LordJumpMad, these games are for old people, like me.
Blah blah blah Xenoblade.
And use the Re-Download button, people! They're not available for purchase yet, and therefore can't be downloaded from the usual spot either. Make sure to follow the directions.
I am going to have no life for the next week.
Grades? Who cares about'em?
Got mine - yay!
I would greatly appreciate it if someone can tell me why I didn't get club nintendo coins after I downloaded the 10 games and my 3ds was already linked to club nintendo already. Thanks in advance.
Wow, and my 3DS decides to drain the battery while powered off once again. Oh well, now I've got to wait a bit before I can download them.
@Alex_C it will take a few hours/days.
In other news YAY! Nintendo early is not what I would expect.
My serial number says Ambassador but the games aren't there. You've screwed up again for me, Nintendo.
Right, because the battery being drained while off is a feature that you should be enjoying.
Living in a NoE territory, and seeing the service provided by NoA (Where in God's name is Cave Story?!!?) really feels like being a dog waiting for scraps at the table... I am so certain that NoE will screw up the release of the NES games, that if they actually become available in the 24-hour period that is September first, I will purchase 3D Classics: Urban Champion from the e-shop. I'm dead serious.
Hurrah! TIme lay some classics!!
OOOooooh I see what Nintendo did here. "Yeah yeah, you can download them September 1rst..."
Clever Nintendo. It worked though, I love you more now
Thanks for the games btw.
Yayz! Me gots 10 free games! I downloaded Metroid first symbolically!
...well, actually, I forgot. But just pretend I did!
i was one first people get 3DS at hmv in liverpool and i payed alot money for mine to...
i wont be happy intill am downloading them
just hate that its now 1th sep and games no were to be seen on eshop. ive waited long enough nintendo!!
HURRY UP AND GIVE ME MY GAMES!!!!
It humors me to see how impatient people can be.
Out of my way! Out of my way! I'm getting my free games now!
where are the games here in australia...
Yay......still rather have Xenoblade or Monster hunter 3ds
So, um, how do you download these games?
Try reading the whole post.
I dont get it though
These are so fun, even though I purchased quite a few of them for my Wii. XD
Well, I played all of them already. Now what?
All ten download. Now bring on the GBA games.
I have just downloaded two of them, but I did not have any problem at all. This download guide was really useful, as they are not so easy to find.
Hurry up Nintendo of Australia! 11:30am Friday, me wanties my gameeees!
@timp29 I'm in Australia too... pretty sure it's still Thursday though. =P
We dont need that 3DS ambassador certificate to get notifications. We can just check it all out right here on Nintendo Life
Holy comments, Batman!
Got 'em! C:
@BenAV haha you're right. I fail at life. Our stuff doesn't normally arrive until Friday, guess I got ahead of myself/got my hopes up
You cannot play multiplayer yet. However, pressing L+R and Y i think switches players.
I can't believe that I've never played Metroid until now (it's amazing BTW)
What about the Club Nintendo coins ? Will they automatically show up in your Club Nintendo account as long as you have it linked to your 3DS, or what ?
I downloaded my games earlier today as soon as I heard they were available...they all play well, and Balloon Fight is awesome, I've not played it until today!
@Daisaku36 Balloon Fight was created to compete against Joust, I believe. I haven't played it in over 20 years until today!
I've noticed that in the Virtual Console screen (on these games only) there is no 'Restore Point', just "resume" and "reset" :< So that means we'll have to keep track of our Metroid password and will have to finish games completely before playing anything else. ;( what gives!
@timp29 Yeah, I was expecting that we'll be getting these games on Friday morning when the eShop update usually seems to happen.
Oh well, just got Xenoblade Chronicles so that'll keep me occupied today lol
Those of you who say "these games are for babies" have no friggin' idea! If it weren't for these games you wouldn't have the games you have today. These games were the beginning of something great : Nintendo.. and these games were ahead of their time back in the early to mid 80's. Before this, we had Atari 7800 (and I'm a huge fan of that system, too, but I'm sure a lot of younger gamers would drop dead from boredom. lol) So show some respect And give them a chance if you haven't played them. It boggles my mind that some people are complaining on here. LOL!! Grow up and be grateful, and experience a part of gaming history for free
we will probably get them on September 2 down under. I sucks living in the future.
SWEET! and early! Now I can enjoy some of these games before work tomorrow. I was looking forward to these tomorrow but I have them today!
Thank you Nintendo and Thank you Nintendo Life for the heads up!
Easy!! This is Awesome! unwraps gifts packages
EU now has them! In the Downloaded Titles section, along with the certificate! Woop!
Looks like everyone has them now but Australia.
i don't have them yet
@BenAV yeah I was just checking this post out - it's nearly 12:30 in the arvo in Western Australia so you must have beat me to it by a few minutes by the time of your last post.
I'd imagine people east of here, including the Kiwis are gonna be 'miffed'.
If it's going to be 1st September for Australia, Nintendo, then bloody well say which time-zone you mean - it'll cause less angst..
Of course, we'll still whinge about why 'simultaneous' global releases which start in the Americas a day or two earlier and travel east but that just seems to be 'simultaneous' console gaming release practice in general (Sony do this) and again nobody seems to want to provide an explanation as to why this is so.
NOTE: I'm not including region-specific releases like Xenoblade, Excitebots, etc, in this statement..
Good morning Europe. Downloads are now available
yay! wakes up and there they are, and downloaded them REALLY fast.
I've downloaded all the games, apart from golf!
not in australia... it's midday!!!
3:56pm Melb time, called Nintendo Customer Support 5 minutes ago, they said its still not released yet, but should be this afternoon...
Lady thought it was still going to be SOMETIME today
@skript Thanks for the info. I'm in no rush, Xenoblade Chronicles has me occupied.
Got my games this morning and couldn't be happier (actually i am cause i got the discounted price as well )!
@skript I wouldn't hold my breath. I'm feeling a tomorrow release still :/
Downloading now, surprisingly not as many block as I thought.
Woot?! This has reached the UK oliej?
Some of these games are harder than I thought they would be, freakin metroid is brutal
ITS IN AUSTRALIA!!!!! WOOOT!!
It being out in America is featured news, but out in Europe/Australia isn't?
does a little dance
@Monkeh Because we have the complete EU download now which lists all the games and how to get them
It's weird I checked my eligibility several times and it says that I am an ambassador, but the games don't show up in my "Your Downloads" list.
and europe gets crapped on once again
@fpssoviet Not really, we've had them for about 12 hours now
I wish they had SMB 2 and 3! Zelda 1 and 2, SMB, and Metroid are the only one's really worth playing! But I got them all anyways.
great games. playing through the original Zelda for the first time. good times.
I got all of the titles yesterday evening after I got home from work.
Im so excited!!
Thanx for proving me wrong NoE. I am now the not-so-proud owner of urban champion. The irony of it all: these games serve as a perfect example of why urban champion champion was a bad choice for the 3d treatment...
metroid down in just over an hour One of my faster victories...skipped some stuff, including the Varia Suit (that bomb-jump can take forever if you're unlucky) but got her done w/ 5 tanks
Such a great creation of a genre. Zelda/Zelda 2--you're next. Now to work for the next 28 straight hours... /groan
I am already found a display issue with the official Nintendo NES emulator, If you are an ambassador and you haven't already, download Super Mario Brothers NES now. You will notice that the game properly displays in 240p, just like the native NES hardware, 240x256. Most emulators clip 8 pixels off the top and bottom (why I have no idea), but every scanline is accounted for on 3DS. But there is another issue at hand: the pixels are slightly stretched horizontally, causing very slight horizontal blurring artifacts which vary on the screen at certain intervals. I don't know the exact extent of the stretching, but the window area is greater than 256 and less than 320. You may need to examine the screen with a magnifying glass to see it on a still frame, but it definitely causes a noticeable rippling effect when the screen scrolls horizontal. Unlike original DS and VC game boy games, pressing select at boot does nothing to preserve the pixel integrity. Why, Nintendo, why can't we just play our exclusive NES games with 1x1 square pixels???
Zelda, Zelda II, Metroid, Balloon Fight, and SMB are the only games worth downloading. NES Open Tournament Golf is the only one I don't already own and never played. No SMB2/3 or Punch Out? I expected all the games to be 1st party, but Ice Climber and Wrecking Crew? I guess I don't have to feel bad about not being an ambassador now.
zelda II is hard XDXD
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