Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors Get 10 Classic GBA Games for Free Starting Today

Early adopters of the 3DS have more free games to snag. 

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Were you one of the early adopters of Nintendo’s latest handheld, the 3DS? If so, you probably grandfathered yourself into Nintendo’s Ambassador program; a program that lets you download a bunch of Nintendo classics at no charge to your 3DS. The first batch of free games, released earlier this year on the Nintendo eShop, were 10 classic NES titles. Now, Nintendo is back with another set of free downloadables for Ambassadors, this time targeting the solid Game Boy Advance library.

Starting today, Ambassadors can turn on their 3DSs and download 10 classic Game Boy Advance titles, reports TechnoBuffalo. They are as follows:

  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Mario vs Donkey Kong
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario Land 4
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!

TechnoBuffalo was also kind enough to give a complete rundown of how to go about downloading your free games if you’re midly tech illiterate. Here’s the step-by-step procedure to download the games you’re entitled to:

  1. Turn on your Nintendo 3DS.
  2. Turn on the device’s wireless and be sure you are connected to the internet.
  3. Open the eShop.
  4. Scroll all the way to the left and tap “Settings/Other.”
  5. Scroll down and tap “Your Downloads.”
  6. Scroll until you see one of the new GBA titles and tap “Redownload.”
  7. Tap “Download.”
  8. Tap “Download Now.” Because, you know, the other two times you told it to download weren’t enough.
  9. Once the download finishes (roughly 30 seconds for me), press the “Home” button and “unwrap” the new software.

Congrats, you now officially have 10 incredible Game Boy Advance titles in your 3DS library.

Most of the games being offered for free represent the best the GBA had to offer. The fact that Nintendo is willingly giving them away shows how committed they are to making 3DS owners happy, especially the ones who bought into the system right around launch and had to stomach a lack of quality software and a price drops only a few months later. That wound cut deep, but at least Nintendo is trying to make it up to those folks. Great, free games is a solid start, don’t you think?