Game Boy Advance 3DS Ambassadors Preview
You know which games Nintendo plans to release. Now it's time to learn more about each title.
This morning, and much to the delight of fans around the world, Nintendo officially unveiled the ten free Game Boy Advance games for 3DS Ambassadors, consumers who purchased the system before the August price drop that slashed the cost of the machine from $249.99 to a more reasonable $169.99. In fact, you'll be able to download them this coming Friday, December 16.
Naturally, we can't assume every 3DS owner knows what these games are about. After all, some are more than nine years old.
With this in mind, here's the full list, along with descriptions for each title.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Talk about value. You'll play this charming Zelda adventure for weeks, if not months. In it, young Link slaps on a talking green cap that shrinks our hero. Doing this serves two purposes. First, it lets you see the world from a bug's perspective. Second, you'll interact with a tiny group of people known as Picori, AKA the Minish.
Shrinking creates an interesting dynamic, as you must also return Link to normal to complete various challenges. From there, it's classic Zelda, complete with dungeons and powerful bosses. You'll love every sword swinging minute.
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
What a gem this game is. Originally released for Super Nintendo in 1995, you take control of Yoshi as the adorable dinosaur sets off through pastel shaded worlds with Baby Mario in tow. You must watch the little guy at all times, and rescue him whenever Yoshi gets hit by an enemy. The graphics, gameplay and music in this one are all top notch.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Yes, we know Mario Kart 7 debuted less than two weeks ago, but definitely play this GBA racer. Although it looks dated (it is ten years old), you can expect enjoyable kart racing fun through a variety of courses, chucking red shells at opponents while enjoying a cool soundtrack. On top of that, you get to see tracks from the original Super Mario Kart in the Extra Cups section.
Fact: Metroid Fusion was one of the first video games we covered, and that means one thing: we're old.
That said, don't miss out on this thrilling sci-fi romp, as bounty hunter Samus Aran sets off to destroy the dreaded X Parasites before the Galactic Federation captures these dangerous critters for study. To get the job done, she must absorb the organisms to replenish health and missiles. A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Wow, it's been ten years since we've enjoyed Maximum Velocity, one of the original Game Boy Advance launch titles from 2001.
If you never played it, prepare for an adrenaline rush as you speed through cool Mode-7 powered tracks in one of multiple hover cars, narrowly avoiding destruction as you make hair pin turns and blow past the competition. We just hope it withstood the test of time.
There are so many WarioWare games, odds are good you missed the GBA original. Wario, Dr. Crygor and the rest of the gang have a variety of short mini-games to enjoy that rely on both quick timing and fingers to complete. Yes, fingers. You don't need to use a stylus, tilt the 3DS or hold a Wii remote. Just good old fashioned buttons.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
This spiritual successor to the outstanding Donkey Kong Game Boy title once again stars Nintendo's plumber, as he grabs a bunch of keys to unlock doors that eventually lead him to Donkey Kong, who's jealous of Mario's line of wind-up toys. Seriously, the big ape is just a wee bit sensitive.
Wario Land 4
Yes, one of the critically acclaimed Wario Land games will soon be yours. Part 4 sees Wario attempting to rescue Princess Shokora from the diabolical Golden Diva. This means collecting tons of coins, platform hopping and defeating a variety of enemies. If you're in search of cool alternative to Mario, this is it.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Sacred Stones should satisfy your tactical gaming fix, as you lead an army of different units into battle against a plethora of monsters. A huge and navigable world map will aid you on the quest, while a branching class change system provides a nice amount of depth.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
We can't talk GBA without Kirby. Thankfully, Nintendo chose to re-release Amazing Mirror, one of the tougher games in the series that finds our pink puffball split into four equal and multi-colored pieces. Need their help? Just give them a call using Kirby's cell phone. Wait, what?
This is one of the better Kirby titles out there, with plenty of items to find, copy abilities and trademark cheery music. Definitely looking forward to it.
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