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Full Lineup of NES Ambassador Games Revealed

by Pedro Hernandez - August 30, 2011, 3:00 am PDT
Total comments: 35 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/ambassador/detail.ht...

In addition to the previously known games, five more have been revealed for the first time.

Update: Nintendo of America confirmed the list of North American games over Twitter, substituting the similar NES Open Tournament Golf for Mario Open Golf.

Nintendo has revealed the ten NES games players can download as part of the 3DS's Ambassador program.

The first five games have been previously known. These include Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Balloon Fight. The five new games formally revealed for the first time are Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Wrecking Crew, Yoshi, Metroid, and Mario Open Golf.

These games will be available for players who have been officially registered as part of the Ambassador program throughout the rest of the year, free of charge. As this confirmation has only been made on the Japanese Nintendo website, it's possible the list will vary slightly in other countries. No new information has been given on the GBA games to follow later in the year.

Talkback

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)August 30, 2011

I wonder if this list will be the same everywhere?


At least I know what I'm getting, nothing that jumps out and smacks me in the face, but a decent(ish) list.
I'm pretty sure I won't be playing these as soon as the GBA games come though...

xcwarriorAugust 30, 2011

Wow NES Golf might be one of the most polished sports games of that generation. Looks like we are basically getting nothing but classics. I only 4 of the 10 games, so I'm pretty happy with this list.

purevalAugust 30, 2011

Was hoping for Startropics and Punch Out, but oh well. Not too excited about the golf game but the rest of the list looks good.

EnnerAugust 30, 2011

Looks like a good spread of NES games. Ah, I remember playing a lot of Yoshi.

I look forward to replaying the original Metroid for the first time in years and actually giving Zelda II another chance.

CericAugust 30, 2011

I'm a little surprised Punch Out isn't on there but, it would be an excellent candidate for a 3DS Remake.

I'm pretty sure Wrecking Crew nor Yoshi was re-released on GBA in any form, which is one more game that would fit into that category than I would've predicted.

KDR_11kAugust 30, 2011

Mario & Yoshi was on the original Gameboy though.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorAugust 30, 2011

I know this is a silly problem to complain about, but I hate having to decide what platform I want to replay these classic games on.

I have them all on Wii, but I haven't played through many again, like Zelda 2 and Metroid.

Wrecking Crew is a great add for this list though. An outstanding puzzle game that not enough people play.


I was personally hoping for a little third party love like Castlevania or Mega Man, but as we all expected, these games are gonna be first party only.

OblivionAugust 30, 2011

Ugh. I kinda actually hate this list. I like the first five they revealed, but the I don't like any of the previously unrevealed titles. Let's hope this changes even slightly for America.

BlackNMild2k1August 30, 2011

Quote from: NWR_Neal

I look forward to replaying the original Metroid for the first time in years and actually giving Zelda II another chance.

I feel the same way.

I never got far in the original Metroid and I disliked Zelda II back in the day for being a sidescroller. I kinda look forward to giving them both a second try.

Fatty The HuttAugust 30, 2011

Awesome, awesome awesome!!
I can not believe any of you lot are complaining.
Free games! Good games, too!

pyrokamileonAugust 30, 2011

ummm, hmmm. yes they are free games..

Zelda, Metroid, Zelda II


This right there is good enough for me. It's been a year or two since I last played through these games, and it's time for another go. 


Would have loved a little more creativity in the selection, though.  Even within the constraint of first party only titles, they could have gone with: Kirby's Adventure, Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros. 2 or 3, Kid Icarus (shut up, I'd play it), Donkey Kong 3...


So many more options.

UltraClaytonAugust 30, 2011

Good list of games.

Thanks for letting me know by "the middle of August," Nintendo.

Ian SaneAugust 30, 2011

For those complaining, Nintendo could have busted out Urban Champion, Baseball, DK Jr. Math, etc.  Nothing here outright sucks.  Some is not as exciting as what NES titles COULD have been included but there is no outright crap and Nintendo not only has some outright crap in the NES library but they have re-released it time and time again.  All things considering this is not a bad list.

TJ SpykeAugust 30, 2011

Quote from: UltraClayton

Thanks for letting me know by "the middle of August," Nintendo.

When did they ever say that? I don't recall Nintendo ever saying when they would announce the full list of games.

leahsdadAugust 30, 2011

Quote:

Would have loved a little more creativity in the selection, though.  Even within the constraint of first party only titles, they could have gone with: Kirby's Adventure, Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros. 2 or 3, Kid Icarus (shut up, I'd play it), Donkey Kong 3...

What do Battlestar Galactica and the Ambassador Program have in common?


The Final Five are not nearly as great as we had hoped. 


Though, I never played Zelda II and never finished the original Metroid, so I welcome the chance.

TJ SpykeAugust 30, 2011

The original Metroid has aged very poorly IMO, you'd be much better off tracking down a copy of Metroid: Zero Mission and playing it that way. I won't complain since I am getting this games free, but I do hope some of them will be changed for North America.

KITT 10KAugust 30, 2011

I hope that the 10 NES titles they give are NOT the only ones to choose from. (Some of these games I played and didn't like them. So I hope they'll be others because if not then this "ambassador program" is worthless.)

TJ SpykeAugust 30, 2011

There will not be a selection. Nintendo made it clear that Ambassadors will get 10 specific games. There may be other games eventually, but they will be pay games. Besides, you are getting these games for free.

KITT 10KAugust 30, 2011

That maybe true, but free crap is still crap.

UltimatePartyBearAugust 30, 2011

I'm not terribly excited by the list, either, but only because I've already played most of these games.  The ones I liked, I played to death.  Wrecking Crew is the only thing that interests me.

BboyAugust 30, 2011

Save states would make Metroid and Zelda II far more playable, but am I remembering correctly that there won't be save states until the "updated" versions come out?

We could hold out hope that Metroid is the FDS version that had a real save feature, but they haven't used that most of the times they rereleased the game.

Heck, they're not even using the disk version of Zelda 1 in Japan.

I'm pretty sure the version of the game that was unlockable in Zero Mission was the FDS version. The Wii VC one isn't. Which version was the Classic NES series cartridge?

Mop it upAugust 30, 2011

I own all of these except Donkey Kong Jr., which I don't have an interest in. But that's what I was expecting, since I already have just about every worthwhile NES game, especially the ones Nintendo published. This program definitely wasn't made with someone like me in mind, I'd have much rather they had just given me $40 in eShop credits.

KITT 10KAugust 30, 2011

I agree with you Mop it up, I agree.

AVAugust 30, 2011

no Kung Fu  :-[ :-[


at least we don't get shit like Urban Champion, but I do wonder why no Kid Icarus that seems like a perfect opportunity lost

TheFleeceAugust 30, 2011

The only title I have questionable beef with is Metroid. It's just nearly impossible to get through without outside help, so I don't expect to get very far with it. Other than that- fine cool and great. I never was able to complete Zelda II so I'll be heading into that from the go. I hope all the games are available to download this week and are not trickled out through the coming months.

steveyAugust 30, 2011

Quote from: KITT

I hope that the 10 NES titles they give are NOT the only ones to choose from. (Some of these games I played and didn't like them. So I hope they'll be others because if not then this "ambassador program" is worthless.)

I was hoping for the same thing but it seems Nintendo is taking the most laziest programming way of sending the games out by just adding them to the list of game you bought. Worst yet is you have to navigate to the setting to 'redownload' them; well at least until they have their own listing in a few months....

source

TheFleeceAugust 31, 2011

All the games are up and ready to download! Go to Settings>Your Downloads and then take your pick! I'm going to have a niiiiiiiice Day Off!

OblivionAugust 31, 2011

No, they aren't. Not in Washington. >.

AdrockAugust 31, 2011

Star Tropics would have been nice since I've never played it.

For the GBA games, Mother 3 would be super nice of Nintendo. They won't do it but it'd still be super nice of them if they did.

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