Trailer: New Super Mario Bros. 2

Another ten free games available for 3DS “Ambassadors”

As promised, Nintendo has released 10 free Game Boy Advance games as downloadable releases for “Ambassadors,” AKA the 3DS early adopters who bought the handheld before this past summer’s price drop

As of now, the games are only available for people who attained Ambassador status by linking their 3DS to the Internet before the price drop took effect. Ambassador status does not carry diplomatic immunity, but it does allow access to the following GBA games:

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

To get the games, players can access the eShop from their 3DS, go to “Settings/Other” and access “Your Downloads.” The games appear as being available for “Redownload” on a list of any other titles a player has downloaded.

The releases follow an earlier batch of ten NES games,which included Super Mario Bros., Metroid, the Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link.

Trailer: Super Mario 3D Land

A bunch new media from Nintendo today on the 3DS. I’ll break them up into individual posts to make everything easier to handle for those interested in Nintendo’s (pick your bias) awesome/disappointing handheld.

First off is a new trailer for Super Mario 3D Land, which is set for a Nov. 13 release in North America.

Video embedded from the unofficial Nintendo 3DS channel on YouTube

Nintendo: 3DS sales up 260 percent since price drop

Nintendo reported selling more than 235,000 Nintendo 3DS units last month, and the company attributed a significant number of those sales to its recent major price drop for the handheld.

Nintendo cut the 3DS’ MSRP from $249.99 to $169.99 on Aug. 12. Since the price cut, retailers moved roughly 185,000 3DS units. Nintendo’s report of a 260 percent sales increase refers specifically to units sold during the last 19 months of August when compared to those sold during the last months of July.

Players who purchased a 3DS before the price drop became 3DS Ambassadors,  a title that wouldn’t mean much except for the free downloadable games. Titles released so far are all throwbacks to the NES era, such Super Mario Bros., Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Wrecking Crew, the last being one of the earlier and more obscure Mario titles. Another 10 games from the Game Boy Advance era are set to be released later.

What will be the long-term impacts of the price drop? Will more new buyers flock to the 3DS startinf Friday, when stores begin selling the “flame red” colored model and Star Fox 64 3D? Will  Kotaku will stop badmouthing the 3DS? Will Giant Bomb readers make their peace with plans to release a second circle-pad add-on? Will this writer ever finish the Adventure of Link, another of the NES downloads? I don’t know.

That game was hard, man.

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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is out

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Nintendo released “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” on Sunday for the Nintendo 3DS portable.

The re-release include the original and “Master Quest” editions of the popular title in 3D, plus motion controls and a “Boss Challenge” mode allowing players to relive fights against dungeon bosses like King Dodongo and Phantom Gannon. (Nostalgia levels rising …)

Fans on the Internet are divided as to whether re-releasing a popular game that first appeared in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 and was also re-released for the Nintendo Gamecube is that much to get excited about.

Full disclosure: Ocarina of Time, in its original version, is my favorite game of all time. I plan on reviewing the game and posting my own opinions in due time as to whether the 3D version warrants a purchase. In the meantime, I think it’s safe to say this is the most popular game of all time to have “Ocarina” in its title.

Nintendo: 3DS owners to get web browser, free Excitebike download

Nintendo announced today that the (kind of) long-awaited software update adding web browser functionality to the new 3DS portable.

Those who receive the update will also be able to download a free 3D remake of Excitebike, a throwback to the NES days.

The software update will be available the evening of June 6 to 3DS owners with access to a wireless broadband connection. The update will also allow customers to buy downloadable titles of such old school Gameboy titles like Super Mario Land and Alleyway.

Sega swinging swords like Shinobi for Nintendo 3DS

The “Shinobi” franchise will return to the Nintendo 3DS, Sega announced today.

Any gamers old enough to remember the arcade machines of the 1980s must have played Shinobi at least once. Shinobi was a super-hard side scrolling title that put players in the role of a ninja fighting hundreds of enemies, which is a description that could also describe Ninja Gaiden and many, many other games. Ninjas were big in the 1980s.

Shinobi survived into the 1990s and that decade’s competition between the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. Shinobi, of course, was on Sega’s side at the time.

It almost seems weird to see Sega making a game for a Nintendo product, but things have changed, although Sega reports Shinobi will stick to its side-scrolling roots for the Nintendo 3DS.

The game is scheduled for a September release.

Nintendo 3DS is almost here …

The Nintendo 3DS is scheduled to be available at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning. If you have $249.99 to spend and insomnia, you’ve been notified.

As far as games go, here’s what is set to be available on launch date:

  • Pilotwings Resort
  • Steel Diver
  • nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
  • Asphalt 3D
  • Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • Madden NFL Football
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011: 3D
  • Ridge Racer 3D
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D
  • Bust-a-Move Universe
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D
  • Samurai Warriors Chronicles
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • The Sims 3

New screenshots for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Nintendo has released some remarkable screenshots from “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D,” which obviously is a remake of one of the best video games ever made.

OOT came out waaay back in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, when this writer was still in high school. Although it’s not hard to find players badmouth N64-era graphics on current-day gaming sites, it’s hard to overestimate how amazing the game appeared during the Clinton Years.

After years of 2D gaming, OOT gave players a chance to control Link, the Zelda series’ famed protagonist, in 3D environments that featured water that looked like water, ice that looked like ice, and fire that looked like fire. OOT’s polygons may look blocky by today’s standards, but there were few – if any – games in 1998 that had so many visually dramatic moments as the first time players could see the vast sweep of Hyrule Field, journey inside a volcano or travel into a sandstorm while Spanish guitar music played in the background.

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Playing OOT was the first time I ever thought a video game could be art, as opposed to an amusement. The game was beautiful, had an arresting story, and different sound effects depending on whether Link walked on a hard or soft surface. That last part may seem silly, but I was struck by an attention to detail I had previously only expected to see in movies.

But that’s old stuff. The new is that OOT is being re-released for the Nintendo 3DS, a portable capable of 3D images. The 3D re-release is not scheduled to be in stores when the 3DS comes out on March 27, but is possibly getting more press coverage than any title set to be available on launch date.

I’ve rambled enough. Here’s the first screenshot, I’ll let more images speak for themselves after the jump:

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Nintendo 3DS news: Mario, Netflix and more

Nintendo officially announced today that a new Mario title is in the works for the 3DS, the company’s soon-to-be-released portable 3D system.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, made the announcement today during a speech at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Tech-Out didn’t get to be there, but we did get Nintendo’s bulletin.

In Mario news, Nintendo revealed the same team behind “Super Mario Galaxy” and its sequel are at work on the new game.

The 3DS is scheduled to be released March 27 in the United States at an MSRP of $249.99.

Other Nintendo 3DS news includes the following:

  • Netflix customers will be able to stream content to the 3DS, which is also possible with the Nintenod Wii. This service is expected to be offered by summer.
  • Nintendo has a deal with AT&T owners to provide 3DS owners with free access to more than 100,000 AT&T hotspots nationwide.
  • Customers will be able to download Game Boy, Game Color, TurboGrafx-16 and Game Gear titles to the 3DS. (Anybody out there ever own or play a TurboGrafx -6? This writer never got to see one in action, but remembers the Bonk’s Adventure commercials.)
  • A “3D Classics” line will include select games to be remastered in 3D.