3DS Ambassadors Vs. PlayStation Welcome Back: Who Received The Better Deal?
We pit Nintendo's 20 free games against Sony's generous helping of PSN content.
Both Sony and Nintendo supporters received a bunch of free games this year. Normally, this would be cause for celebration, and in a way it is. Yet in both cases, fans still paid a price.
Sony was the first to strike after the infamous PlayStation Network breach in April that resulted in PSN being shut down and the theft of users' personal data.
To apologize, the company initiated the PlayStation Welcome Back program that rewarded customers with free downloads.
Rewards were as follows: PSN members that signed up before April 20, 2011 could choose two games for PS3 and two games for PSP.
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury
On top of that, Sony gave PSN users 30 free days of the PlayStation Plus premium service, while current Plus subscribers received an additional 60 days of service at no cost.
In addition, they snagged 100 virtual items for use in PlayStation Home, a selection of "On Us" movie rentals for a weekend, and finally, Music Unlimited Premium members scored 30 more days of service. Not bad at all.
Nintendo found itself in a less controversial predicament. On March 27, the company released its 3DS system in the U.S. for $249.99, what some considered an outlandish price. Slow sales and a tumbling stock forced the big N to drop the price August 12 to a more reasonable $169.99.
To appease the early adopters, Nintendo inducted them into the 3DS Ambassadors program. As a result, they received a certificate and 20 free games, ten NES titles, then ten Game Boy Advance games.
The list includes:
Super Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong Jr.
The Legend of Zelda
NES Open Tournament Golf
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Game Boy Advance
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
Mario vs Donkey Kong
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Wario Land 4
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
So which fans received the better deal?
In terms of age, the NES and GBA games are clearly older, but let's face it, none of the content on either list is brand new. Both Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation, for example, came out in 2006. Mario Kart: Super Circuit? 2001. The Minish Cap? 2005.
On the PlayStation side, those 100 virtual items are potentially useless, since it requires you to care about Home, while the PlayStation Plus content was heavily dependant on what Sony offered at the time.
Then again, inFAMOUS is one heck of a game.
Personally, we think Nintendo fans made out the best. Although they had to fork over $249.99 for 20 games not worth that price combined, they didn't suffer through a network outage or worry that their personal data was compromised, and while the NES games fail to excite us, those ten GBA games pack a ton of value.
Either way, though, both camps did great.
That said, let us know who you think scored the better deal in the comments below.