Consumers who purchased a Nintendo 3DS and connected to the Nintendo Store by 11:59 PM on August 11, 2011, were promised a total of 20 free downloadable titles as a thank you present from Nintendo earlier this year. Members received the first half of their reward in September in the form of ten classic NES games including popular titles such as Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo promised that the remainder of the gift, ten exclusive Gameboy Advance games, would arrive prior to the end of the year.
Just when the clock was beginning to run out of time, Nintendo broke their silence on the subject. In an announcement to Japan on Wednesday, it was announced that the remaining downloadable titles would be available on Friday, December 16, 2011. It is uncertain when the titles will be unlocked for North American players, but rumor has it that it won’t be much longer.
As an added surprise, Nintendo revealed the titles which would be unveiled, something which has been a secret since word of the gift arrived back in August. Japan users have received SpotPass notifications informing them of the full list of ten GBA games, which consists of:
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island
- Warioware, Inc.: Mega Microgames
- Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
- Metroid Fusion
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Wario Land 4
Reception to this news has generally been positive, leaving gamers especially pleased by some of Nintendo’s biggest hits, such as Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. What are your opinions on Nintendo’s latest news? Do you feel that these games compensate for the 3DS price drop in August, or do you wish there had been more? Let us know in the comments!