How Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors Can Download Their Free NES Games

This week, starting September 1, early Nintendo 3DS adopters will be to download classic NES games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda for free -- as long as they hopped on the Nintendo eShop in time and achieved "Nintendo 3DS Ambassador" status. Turns out, downloading those games might be just a little bit... tricky.

Getting to those Nintendo 3DS Ambassador games isn't as simple as hopping on the eShop and downloading a few 8-bit classics as one might ye olde Game Boy games. Fortunately, the Nintendo support web site explains how it's done, revealing that we'll need to "redownload" the Ambassador games from the "Account Activity" section of the eShop. Nintendo offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to find those free goodies, which you may want to brush up on before end of week.

Basically, it looks like Nintendo is flagging each 3DS Ambassador game as something we've already purchased and downloaded, even if we technically haven't.

The support site also explains what the Ambassador Certificate, a separate download, is all about.

The Ambassador Certificate is a downloadable video available to Ambassadors.

By tapping the receive button on the Touch Screen when viewing this video, Ambassadors will receive updates regarding the Ambassador Program, such as when new titles are available to download. As soon as details for the 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console titles are available, we will send an update to those who have opted in using the Ambassador Certificate.

Later this week, Nintendo will begin offering Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Wrecking Crew, Mario Open Golf, Yoshi's Egg, Metroid, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link to 3DS Ambassadors.

How Do I Download Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Games? [Nintendo via GoNintendo]


    Sounds real hard. Might need to get my grandma to do it for me.

    while I do agree that it isn't hard perse, it does sound needlessly complicated considering the other options they could have used to convey the games.

    I have achieved "Ambassador" status, all bow down before my mighty awesomeness.

    This whole ambassador thing has 'Derp' written all over it.

      Because giving free games to early adopters who actually supported your product before they dropped the price is a really, REALLY stupid thing. Why would you ever want to reward your loyalest fans? Fuck those guys

        What I meant by 'Derp' was that this redownload jazz is a biit derp. I'm freaking extatic that I get these games. Gon got me somma dat original Zelda awww yeah.

    Meh, not that hard to be honest. Could have been worse :) Can't wait for Super Mario!!

    Minish cap had damn well better be one of the GBA games... Shakes fist in the ultimate subtle rage

      Ahahah you kidding me? That'll be one that's sold separately, precisely because they know people like us would pay extra for it.

    What the heck!? a friend of mine has already got The Legend of Zelda!


    is this live in Australia yet? I'm definitely an ambassador and I cant seem to find any of these games yet

    same here. i am an ambassador but can't see the games or ambas. video

      i called nintendo they said that it should be up later this afternoon

    Still nothing. I wonder if it's Nintendo doing this because they like ignoring Australia, or the censorship board having a fit because someone reported some text in one of the games has the letters to spell out a naughty word if they are rearranged.

    Where are they?

    2pm in Melbourne, still no games.

    Still nothing in Brisbane and it's after 4pm

    It's there! They are available for download!!!

    Well it doent really matter to me.

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