People on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS have one more thing to think about while scratching their chins, well, on top of a fence.
Nintendo of America said in a press release that the Nintendo 3DS’ suggested retail price will be dropped from $259.99 to $169.99 in the US as of August 12 of this year.
Not content to give people a good reason to wait until a few weeks from now, Nintendo will also be offering 20 free games to any, presumably American, 3DS owner who connects to the Nintendo eShop by 11:59 p.m. EST on August 11. Nintendo is calling this a part of their “Ambassador Program.”
The games will be made available to the aforementioned ‘Ambassadors’ in stages.
The first 10 games, made available for free on September 1, before they’re available to other eShop users, include Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr, Ice Climber, Balloon Fight, and The Legend of Zelda. As you may have noticed, those games are set to be NES Virtual Console releases. Nintendo also added that “once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.”
The next 10 games are also Virtual Console games but are from the Gameboy Advance days. These games, made available by “the end of 2011,” will include Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Super Mario Advance 3, Warioware Inc, Mario vs Donkey Kong, and Mega Microgame$. Nintendo said that there aren’t any plans to release any of those 10 Virtual Console games to non-Ambassador users in the future.
Check back on Vagary.tv for more details on the Ambassador Program and the eventual reveal of the full list of 20 games that will be made available.