3DS Ambassador Exclusivity is Over for NES Titles

on December 29, 2011 6:00 PM

Nintendo 3DS ambassadors, your reign of terror is over. Your friends and the Internet at large will no longer have to put up with your (and my) taunts that you have exclusive access to old games on your handheld. The Legend of Zelda is already available in the Japanese eShop and Super Mario Bros. will hit the digital store Jan. 5. These two titles were part of the first batch of free games for folks who bought Nintendo’s newest handheld before the price drop.

The official word from the Big N regarding the recently released GBA titles is still that, as a token of appreciation for ambassadors, they’ll never be sold. But you never know. After all, Nintendo could only stand to not make money on these games since all the work of porting them has been done.

The other eight NES titles are said to be on the way, so look forward to Metroid, Balloon Fight and a slew of other 8-bit classics to hit the Nintendo 3DS in the coming months. Zelda and Mario are available in Japan for ¥500 so I’d expect these games to be $5 in the U.S.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.