Free 3DS NES games getting multiplayer upgrade

Classic titles remain 2D but will receive 'additional features' such as multiplayer, says Nintendo

Nintendo has revealed that the downloadable NES games to be offered free to existing 3DS owners as part of the company's Ambassador program will include "additional features such as multiplayer simultaneous play".


Nintendo set up the 3DS Ambassador program to keep existing 3DS owners happy after it announced last week that it will slash almost a third off the console's price next month - less than six months after its launch. Existing owners just need to log onto the eShop before August 12 to qualify, and from September 1 they will be able to download 10 NES games and 10 GBA games for free.

Nintendo has clarified what it meant in the original press when it said that 'updated' versions would be released later in the year that Ambassadors can download at no extra cost. First up, it's not 3D visuals.

"These will be 2D games. They are not 3D Classics," said Nintendo, before going on to reveal: "When the NES games become available to the general public later this year, they will include additional features such as multiplayer simultaneous play. Ambassadors will then be able to download those updated version at no cost."

Nintendo refused to comment further on how long the downloads would be available for, or what the full list of titles will be, but with games like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda on NES, and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario vs. Donkey Kong on GBA confirmed, you'll want to get on it quick.