Nintendo have made an official announcement that the Nintendo 3DS system will be receiving a price drop in all regions, and Nintendo are also offering a Nintendo ambassador program to those who bought or buy the 3DS console before August 12th will have access to 20 FREE NES, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance titles. One of these titles have been confirmed as Metroid Fusion. This marks the first release of a Metroid title on the system. Metroid Fusion originally released in 2002 for the Gameboy Advance and is the latest game in the Metroid timeline.
The price of the 3DS has fallen in all regions, with the console available to buy in the United States at $169.99 and Australia/New Zealand at $249.95. The UK and Europe price drop will be determined by retailers, but word is that it should be around £160 / €180 (thanks NintendoLife).
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.
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.
3DS owners must connect to the Nintendo eShop on their consoles BEFORE August 12th to be eligable for the Ambassador program. Nintendo Ambassadors can then download their 10 NES titles starting September 1st and by the end of 2011, they will be able to pick up the GBA titles, including Metroid Fusion.
This is incredible news for 3DS owners and opens doors to the possibility of a Metroid: Zero Mission release from the console in the future. I have received personal confirmation from Nintendo in Europe, United States and Australia/New Zealand that all these regions will have the Ambassadors programme.
More information on the Nintendo Ambassador programme will be revealed by Nintendo at a later date. Stay tuned to Shinesparkers for more information as soon as we get it!
Sources: Nintendo Australia, Nintendo Europe, Nintendo America