When Nintendo dropped the 3DS base price to $250, they tried to soothe early adopters with an “Ambassador Program” that gifted 10 NES and 10 Game Boy/Game Boy Advanced titles from the Nintendo eShop. In Australia, the program’s sign-up window ended at midnight last night according to a Nintendo spokesperson, but Gizmodo has learned this will now be extended. Here’s what you need to know if you haven’t already registered.
Note: This only affects those who haven’t already connected to Nintendo’s eShop with their 3DS (and thus already automatically registered).
Going forward, you’ll still need to have purchased the 3DS on or before August 11th. So if you purchased the 3DS today, you’re out of luck. (On the upside, there’s a bunch of 3DS floating around right now).
Instead of being automatically registered for the program by connecting to the Nintendo eShop, 3DS owners will now have to download a PDF from Nintendo Australia’s website, and post in that form along with proof of purchase. You’ll have until September 30 to do so.
Again, this only affects you if you hadn’t connected to Nintendo with your 3DS before the 11th. If you didn’t, the form you’ll need to join the ambassador program can be found will be available in next day or so at: [Nintendo]
1. Starting 1 September, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. 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.
2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™ Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.