3DS Ambassadors Program: What's Missing?
Looking the gift horse in the mouth.
As the old saying goes, you can't please everyone, and this is especially true of the 3DS Ambassadors Program.
Early this morning, Nintendo let 3DS owners download their ten free NES games a day early. While we're grateful for this kind gesture, we can't help but question the titles the big N chose.
Don't get us wrong. It's tough to argue with free. At the same time, it would have been cool to swap, let's say NES Open Tournament Golf or Wrecking Crew, for a more high profile 8-bit classic.
You know, a game we'd play.
With this in mind, here's a short list of retro games we would have preferred.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Come on, you can't talk about the best NES games of all time without mentioning Super Mario Bros. 3. It seemed like the entire world went nuts when Nintendo released it in 1990. We still remember the excellent commercial where the camera pans back, revealing the plumber's face covering the planet Earth.
Of course, SMB3 was more than just a slick marketing campaign. This is without question one of the coolest platform adventures in history, with a variety of worlds, air ships and castles to explore. Would have been sweet to play this on 3DS.
Super Mario Bros. 2
While on the subject of Mario, where's Super Mario Bros. 2? Considered the oddball of the series, this bizarre but still entertaining romp sent Mario and friends through a dream-land, where they hit enemies with veggies and used their unique abilities (Peach can fly) to battle the game's nemesis, Wart. The best part? Collecting gold coins to use on the end level slot machines.
The doctor was definitely in with this excellent 1990 release that tasks players with dropping vitamin capsules onto the play area to destroy nasty viruses. It's been a long time since we played the NES original, but hey, at least there's Dr. Mario Express on DSiWare.
Donkey Kong Jr. is cool, but we prefer the NES port of the arcade original, where Mario attempts to rescue Pauline from the menacing gorilla; oddly enough, Mario's the bad guy in this one.
With Kid Icarus: Uprising on the way, it makes sense to bring Pit's original NES quest to 3DS. Our guess? This is one NES game Nintendo wants everyone to pay for.
We can't remember the last time we knocked out the likes of Bald Bull, Glass Joe and King Hippo. Punch-Out!! rocked the NES like nobody's business. A shame it wasn't released as part of the Ambassadors Program.
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