If you bought a Nintendo 3DS and visited its online download shop before Aug. 12, you can download 20 free old games. Dubbed the 3DS Ambassador Program, it’s Nintendo’s way of apologizing for overpricing for the device at $250 before slashing it to $170.
Nintendo just made available the last of the 20 downloads it’s giving away to gamers who bought the 3DS when it cost $250. All are old games that were made for the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, and there are some gems included, such as Super Mario Bros., three Zelda games, Mario Kart Advance and Yoshi’s Island. Nintendo will eventually sell the games to other users, but so far they’re only available to “ambassadors.”
Nintendo doesn’t make it easy to find and download the games, but Kotaku is there to walk you through the process. It works like this: Log on to the system’s eShop, click on “settings/other,” then look for “your downloads” under the “history” tab.
From there you should find the 20 games, which you’ll be have to download one-by-one. The games may be free, but you certainly have to pay for them by suffering the tedium of a clunky redemption process.