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...
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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?
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.
-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.
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?
@Shadowlink 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.