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2 New GBA Ambassador Titles Announced
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August 01, 2011, 20:51:26
Five GBA titles and five NES downloads were revealed last week, but Nintendo of America have now revealed another two of the GameBoy Advance releases in an e-mail to Go-Nintendo. It looks like GBA downloads 6 and 7 are going to be...

3DS Buzz said:
We now know seven of the ten free GBA downloads for 3DS Ambassadors. But what could the latest two be?

Thereís certainly been a fair bit of debate over the 3DS price cut over the last couple of days. Are 20 games sufficient compensation to the loyal fans? Should we be able to pick and choose the 20? I personally think that giving us 10 top GBA and NES titles just because others are going to pay less for their 3DS is over generous from Nintendo, but it looks like the debate will rage on.

Anyway, the fact remains that Nintendo are going to give you 20 downloads if you connect to the eShop before the 12th August. Five GBA titles and five NES downloads were revealed last week, but Nintendo of America have now revealed another two of the GameBoy Advance releases in an e-mail to Go-Nintendo. It looks like GBA downloads 6 and 7 are going to be Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3, as well as†Kirby and The Amazing Mirror.

Super Mario Advance 4 was the finale to the Super Mario Advance series, and was one of the most warmly received. Itís a graphically updated remake of the all-time legend that is Super Mario Bros 3, and features Tanooki Mario, who is also set to make an appearance in Super Mario 3D-Land later this year.

Kirby and The Amazing Mirror is a farily standard Kirby platformer, if a very well received one. The 2004 release is widely considered to be one of the biggest and best handheld Kirby titles ever, even though it doesnít feature the usual antagonist, King Dedede.

Are you happy with these next two slots, and what would you like the remaining 3 GBA releases to be?

Sources: 3DS Buzz Nintendo 3DS Blog

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Posted: 08/01/11, 20:51:26  - Edited by 
 on: 08/02/11, 03:34:48    
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GameDadGrant said:
Did *ANYONE* buy Kirby and the Amazing Mirror?
I got it used a few months ago. It's pretty good, but I wish the world's design was somewhat more organized.

Posted by 
 on: 08/01/11, 23:00:02
I have it. I have everything.

Posted by 
 on: 08/01/11, 23:44:06
GameDadGrant said:
Did *ANYONE* buy Kirby and the Amazing Mirror?

Kirby has never appealed to me. Maybe this freebie will convert me.

Posted by 
 on: 08/01/11, 23:56:31

Even crabs.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 00:56:46
Shadowlink said:

Fixed for Australia.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 01:20:10

Now you're just being silly.

Our crabs don't look like that.


Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 01:35:25  - Edited by 
 on: 08/02/11, 01:39:51
Guillaume said:
If the SMB3 game has the eCard bonus levels, that would be cool.

Unlike most of the other free games, I HAVE played Kirby and the Amazing Mirror! It's not that amazing. It's a very light Super Star mixed with some Metroidvania elements that are more tedious than novel, if memory serves. Still can be enjoyable, though.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 01:36:37
I never liked the sound treatment that SMB3 got on the GBA. It's just the GBA's hardware's fault, but it was always tinny and just kind of crappy sounding.

Hey, if you're going to give away free games, at least give away one that people already have 4 times over.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 01:40:17
GameDadGrant said:
Did *ANYONE* buy Kirby and the Amazing Mirror?

It's in my collection.

Alas, I have not finished the game, but it's a lot of fun. Looking forward to having this one on my 3DS!

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 03:03:08
Sweet! Never played Kirby! Woot!

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 04:46:47
I want mario 2...

and smb3 on gba is a farce. they made it easier. Just like lttp on gba. booooo

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 07:39:47

A LttP was easier on GBA?

Damn, I found the difficulty on that game just right. Are you telling me I played the easier version?

Exactly how was it changed to make the game easier?

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 07:48:52
Also, while it's fun to play SMB3 on the toilet, the game was still lower resolution than the NES version right? So part of the screen was cropped? Nerd outrage!

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 08:02:49
So what's the official count so far?


-Super Mario Bros.
-The Legend of Zelda
-Ice Climber
-Balloon Fight
-Donkey Kong Jr.


-Metroid Fusion
-WarioWare: Mega Microgame$
-Mario Vs. Donkey Kong
-Mario Kart: Super Circuit
-Yoshi's Island (Super Mario Advance 3)
-Super Mario Bros 3 (Super Mario Advance 4)
-Kirby and the Amazing Mirror

That leaves 5 NES and 3 GBA. What can we expect? Let's start with NES.

-Kirby's Adventure -- Maybe? He's a pretty major Nintendo character and we're getting a GBA game with him already. Plus, this is one of the all-time best NES games!
-Clu Clu Land -- I expect at least one other "pretty darn old" NES game, and this weird Pac-Man-type action/puzzler would fit the bill.
-Metroid -- It's Metroid. Unless they decide to go with Zero Mission for the GBA...but is their goal to make us as happy as possible? If so, that'd be the best of both worlds (since the NES game is unlockable) and free up NES space for something else.
-Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream -- I'd say it's extremely likely at this point. Famous, fun, beloved, and recently had a sequel. The one thing stopping it is the possibility of a 3-D remake.
-Dr. Mario -- I'd say it's got good chances, being a popular puzzler even today, and having clear portable advantages.
-Kid Icarus -- (edited in) Totally forgot about this one, but it's got a very good chance of showing up.
-Super Mario Bros. 2 -- It's tough to say what'll happen with the Mario games here, given that they pretty much all have remakes.
-Mother -- Yeah right, huh? A guy can dream.

I'd say the first six are pretty likely, and I'd almost bet money on Punch-Out, Kid Icarus and Dr. Mario (and Metroid if Zero Mission wasn't coming to GBA).

Speaking of which...

-Golden Sun -- Doesn't seem too likely, but possible. Could help spread the hype of the fairly young series.
-Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire -- Hard to say either way, and how they'd handle it (do you pick a version?). It'd be nifty to have such a beefy RPG freebie though. EDIT: Oh, Emerald, duh.
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords -- This is a weird one. On the one hand, we're getting Yoshi's Island so SNES ports clearly aren't off-limits. On the other, we're already getting Four Swords for free later on...and does THAT version include LttP? Who knows?
-Donkey Kong: King of Swing -- It's kind of unlikely but I'd like to see it.
-Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga -- Not bad odds at all, really. More likely than Golden Sun, I'd say.
-F-Zero: GP Legend -- Another distant possibility, but I think they'd pick from a few other games before this.
-Metroid: Zero Mission -- Not sure I expect them to double up on Metroid when they could represent another series.
-Advance Wars -- Might be a little too obscure, but you never know.
-Fire Emblem/Sacred Stones -- Probably has better odds than Advance Wars, and a decent shot overall.
-The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap -- Pretty good odds, although it depends on whether we get LttP or not.
-Mother 3 -- Hahahaha yeah right.

Of those, I most expect the remaining three to be Mario & Luigi, Pokemon, and either LttP or Minish Cap.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 08:54:30  - Edited by 
 on: 08/02/11, 09:14:46
TriforceBun said:
-Metroid: Zero Mission -- Not sure I expect them to double up on Metroid when they could represent another series.

Yeah, it pains me to say I agree with you. Which is a shame. As much as I love Fusion, Zero Mission is by far the superior game IMO. If I had to choose between the two it'd be ZM.

Hopefully they'll release this on it's own at a later date. That would be sweet.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 09:05:50
I prefer Fusion by far. But I was never a fan "sequence breaking" in Metroid games. The fact that Zero Mission was built for it does nothing for me.

And the art style puts me off for some reason.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 09:22:51

I hate sequence breaking when it's unintentional. i.e. taking advantage of glitches in the game to break it in ways the designers never intended. IMO such a thing ruins the game (depending on the severity of the sequence break).

But as you say, Zero Mission was *designed* for it. And 2 of the endings are only obtainable by doing it. I honestly thought it was rather brilliant and gave the game greater replayability when compared to the (relatively) linear Fusion.

As for the art style....isn't it basically the same as Fusion?

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 09:28:58  - Edited by 
 on: 08/02/11, 09:30:00
I doubt we'll see Golden Sun (though that'd be neat) because it's not a Nintendo-baby like the rest. It's Camelot's.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 13:26:25
I had a friend in middle school who would try to work the other person having crabs into every conversation. It was always fairly amusing, but sometimes, he would just find the perfect moment and hit it out of the park.

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 16:22:56

The art style was fairly different. Fusion was basically Super Metroid except with almost garish colors to accommodate a regular GBA's dark screen. Zero Mission, however, went all-out cartoony.


Zero Mission

...it's more obvious when playing the games for yourself...

Posted by 
 on: 08/02/11, 18:25:09
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