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Nintendo’s Never-ending Freebies?

Nintendo seems to be on a roll as they release their second freebie (excluding the Ambassador Program’s 20 free games) to anyone with a Nintendo 3DS system and a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wireless Internet connection.

This time around its The Legend of Zelda™: Four Swords Anniversary Edition, originally the 2003 installment of the Zelda series – this one is definitely worth downloading if you have found such titles as Mega Man [Battle Network, Star Force, Zero, etc.], Mario [Land, Party, etc.], or other such “classics.” With plenty of gear to mess around with and bonus levels to achieve, Four Swords is a fun game to play in your spare time, requiring little commitment as gameplay works on a level-by-level basis.

Check out all the official details on Nintendo’s Official Site.

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Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program: Claim your Games!

On Monday, September 1st, Nintendo made available the first ten NES games in the 3DS Ambassador Program.

The titles include:

  • Ambassador Certificate (an introductory video)
  • Ice Climber
  • Zelda II
  • Yoshi
  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Metroid
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Super Mario Bros.
To claim these titles, simply follow the instruction below:
  • Before you begin, you’ll need to be within reach of a Wi-Fi hotspot or Wireless Internet (such as produced by Netgear appliances) signal.
  1. Tap on Nintendo eShop and wait for it to load.
  2. Once loaded, navigate to the far left corner of your options, until you reach Settings / Other.
  3. Select Settings / Other.
  4. Scroll down until you spot “Your Downloads,” tap it.
  5. Scroll down until you see the titles listed above, tap “Redownload” on a title of your choice.
  6. Repeat this process until you have downloaded all the available titles. The titles will be transferred to your 3DS main menu where you may access them at any time.
Each of these titles were produced before the year 2000, and may easily be considered “classic games.” There is little instructions for new players, and you are expected to figure out things on your own – such is the way of the classics.
To receive continual updates regarding the Ambassador Program, be sure to download the Ambassador’s Certificate and activate SpotPass.

The 3DS’ Shocking Price Drop

In an e-mail to Nintendo DS News subscribers today, Nintendo announced that it would be lowering the new Nintendo 3DS system’s retail price from a hefty $249.99 to

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Nintendo 3DS Logo displayed on 3DS System

an unforeseen $169.99, closer to that of the DSi’s $149.99. Although this is great news for potential buyers of the 3DS, it presents a potential aggregation to current owners which have already paid the originally immemse sum. To this, however, Nintendo has an answer.

The Ambassadors Program, in effect September 1st, will be open to all current 3DS owners that visit the Nintendo eShop at least once on their 3DS systems before midnight (EST) on August 11th (day of the price drop is Aug. 12th). This program will provide ambassadors with twenty (20) free Nintendo eShop games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, both before and after they are released to the public. The remaining ten games, Nintendo states,

…will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public [outside of the program] on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

These titles include Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™.

At the end of the announcement, Nintendo adds,

More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Which will provide for some great anticipation as to the other unnamed titles.

You can read the full article posted by Nintendo here.

As a member of the ambassador program, I’ll provide details and reviews on these releases as they happen in the month of September.

Nintendo, Netflix, and Transformers 3

As mentioned before, Nintendo has joined up with Netflix to provide a video streaming service program, free of charge, on the Nintendo eShop. Once downloaded however, a Netflix unlimited membership ID will be require, so if you aren’t already paying for a membership then the service is of no use.

In other news, tomorrow I’ll likely be posting my review of Transformers 3! An interesting movie to be sure… had mixed impressions before entering the theater and left with a totally contrary impression of the film.

Nintendo Video™

Nintendo Video™ is the latest free software released by Nintendo via Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. It provides weekly streaming of animations, movie trailers, music videos, comedy sketches, and other handpicked selections all in 3D. After each week’s update, old content from the previous week is deleted and replaced with new videos, and Nintendo advises users to watch their videos as soon possible before they are removed.

Video Schedule –

Week One

What is Nintendo Video?

A quick, 22 second introduction of Nintendo Video™, given the description of “Watch this now!” First released 7/21/2011.

Captain America

A 3D trailer featuring the new Captain America film by MARVEL. Gives a great taste of what you’ll be seeing in the film without giving any spoilers away.

Sunday Jog

A seemingly cute… yet incredibly twisted animated short about a couple of blocks (literally, blocks made of pixels) going on a romantic Sunday stroll when they are suddenly attacked by a mutant red block. The couple runs away from the giant red block in a comedic fashion, until all three plummet into a vault of chemicals. The red block evidently perishes, with two new blocks (the couple) now rising to take its place and terrorize the city. And thus life continues in an endless cycle of tragic mutations.

Dinosaur Office

A comedic short, created by College Humor, about two dinosaurs working in an office with a T-Rex boss. It resembles Sunday Jog in that it also contains an abundance of wry, twisted humor.

As for Captain America, I saw the movie today and quite enjoyed it! It'll certainly be posting a positive review tomorrow (make that Monday) with only a few areas of criticism.

Week Two

The Smurfs Trailer

All Is Not Lost by OK Go

Pizza Quest

 

Netflix for the 3DS

Netflix is now available on the Nintendo 3DS with a free download from the 3DS eShop. Only one problem, you need an unlimited Netflix account.

More information soon…

Nintendo 3DS: Post Update

Remember my longest review, the one on the Nintendo 3DS? Well now it has gotten even longer! And there’ll be even more to come in the future.

Recent Updates:

Nintendo 3DS Update: What It Means

The Nintendo 3DS update has been a most anticipated one, since the system’s launch March 25th 2011. The June 6th update, which was released barely an hour ago, contained a few programs and system tweaks – most importantly, the Nintendo 3DS Shop and Nintendo 3DS Browser.

The Nintendo 3DS Browser is certainly quite impressive, far outclassing its DSi predecessor. As I tap out this post, the browser provides possible words that I may intend to use, much like Google’s suggested search functionality – both checking my spelling and saving valuable time typing, not to mention it is, aside from English, available in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The browser has a sleek design, and easy to navigate features, available even when you’re in the middle of a 3DS game or application. Utilizing the SD card and 3DS camera, upload and download functionalities are also available – allowing users to both share their 3DS pictures online, and download images from anywhere on the web for viewing in their 3DS camera gallery. Not too shabby, huh? Unfortunately, the browser does not support YouTube or any other online video or music viewing service for that matter, as popular rumor had us previously suppose. A sad outcome, yet one that can be looked over in light of the drastically improved browser. Now I can finally make decent WordPress entries, tags and all (upload script isn’t supported however).

The Nintendo 3DS shop, which stands currently under maintenance and inaccessible, features two free-for-download applications: the classic racing game, Excitebike, remastered in 3-D, and a 3D Pokedex. Organization is also slightly improved, with a new set of categories and recommended applications.

Overall, a duely made update.

Nintendo 3DS Update

Tomorrow evening, Nintendo will add some of the finishing touches to the 3DS with a long-

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The whole package! Nintendo 3DS and AR Game Cards, though there's more than meets the eye... and more to come in this latest update!

awaited update which includes the 3DS Browser and shop. There is a great deal of controversy over whether or not this new NetFront-based browser will exceed it’s predecessors, although there is a great deal of hope that Nintendo will take advantage of its innovative features, and its plug-in’s, like JavaScript and Flash Player which are both utilized in many popular online games and services (YouTube for example). Only June 6th will tell, and you may be sure to find my review.

Nintendo 3DS Update: The Official Date

Wondering when Nintendo plans to release it’s latest update – including such

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The whole package! Nintendo 3DS and AR Game Cards, though there's more than meets the eye... and more to come in this latest update!

features as the long-awaited possibly YouTube (HTML-5 as well) supported NetFront internet browser and Nintendo eShop? It’s the evening of June 6th (Pacific Time)! See the official statement below (so much for late May!).

    • The system update that is available on March 24, 2011 expands the basic functionality and improves overall system stability. It does not include features like the Internet Browser, Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi to Nintendo 3DS content transfer, etc. Another update is planned for the evening of June 6 Pacific time, which should include these features.
  • It may take several minutes for the System Update to download. If you feel the update has stopped downloading, you can safely turn off the Nintendo 3DS and repeat these steps to try again.