3DS early adopters who remembered to log into the eShop before August 11 are now officially "3DS Ambassadors," and from September 1 will be able to download the first batch of games from the 20 freebies Nintendo have offered. According to the UK Official Nintendo Magazine, the NES games initially available will be basic ports of the original console titles that come with a simple control guide and the facility to suspend play. Titles that support alternating multiplayer will also work, but there's no simultaneous play to begin with.
Later in the year, these games will get updated versions that support wireless simultaneous multiplayer between multiple 3DS devices, and come with a full manual. Ambassadors will be able to download these updated versions for free, and those who purchased a 3DS since will then be able to buy the titles through the eShop.
The Game Boy Advance titles, which are supposedly exclusive to 3DS Ambassadors, won't support the facility to suspend play. This means that players will have to use the standard save systems built into the games, just as if they were playing on a real GBA. They will, however, come with a full electronic version of the manual. Nintendo hasn't specifically said if these games will support wireless multiplayer -- the original GBA required the use of a link cable for multiplayer, though a wireless adapter was later bundled with Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen late in the system's life. This adapter required games to be specifically programmed to work with it, however, and did not see widespread popularity.
When the Ambassador program was first announced, Nintendo revealed the NES titles on offer would include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, while the GBA titles would include Yoshi's Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare Inc: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong. We're yet to discover what the remaining titles are.
For those of you yet to pick up a 3DS, the $80 price drop is live from today.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as 3DS Ambassador NES Games Basic Ports, Enhanced Updates Available Later