Ambassadors: Are You Still Enjoying Your Free Games?

It’s been a number of months since the last Ambassador games arrived on the 3DS for us early adopters. I have to admit, I haven’t spent too much time with many of these games so far. However, I’ve really started to get into the original Metroid on the NES. It’s extremely difficult and I get lost a whole lot, but I can’t stop thinking about it. WarioWare is also excellent, and I hope to try Fire Emblem some time soon too to see what that series is all about.

How about you? Have any of the Ambassador games got you hooked? Have any been pleasant surprises? Or have the Ambassador games been largely forgotten?

GBA Cover mash-up by Block Punch.

20 Responses to Ambassadors: Are You Still Enjoying Your Free Games?

  1. Richard says:

    For me, the Ambassador lineup has been overshadowed (thank goodness!) by great new games both on cartridge and via the eShop. The last several months, after all, have seen the arrival of Super Mario 3D Land, Mariokart 7, Pushmo, FreakyForms, Sakura Samurai, Resident Evil Revelations and a recent masterpiece featuring some guy with angel wings.

    One Ambassador title still gets constant play from me, though, and it’s the one I was looking forward to most: Yoshi’s Island! This game holds up very well; it’s still one of the best games Nintendo’s ever made, and one of my five favorite games of all time. It’s a work of design genius, and the GBA version is a 99% perfect recreation of the SNES original.

  2. Juja says:

    I played through Metroid 3 times, Super Mario Bros. once, Metroid Fusion once, and I’m a good 2o hours into Fire Emblem (which is only about halfway).

    Like Richard, I got distracted by all the new games coming out. I’ve played roughly 40 hours in Resident Evil Revelations (Raid mode could’ve been its own game if Capcom really wanted to be bastards). Then of course Kid Icarus Uprising and 3D classic version have been taking up all my gaming time for the past few days. I’m also very interested in Attack of the Mutant Mudds, but I just don’t have the time to play it yet.

    It’s funny that a few months ago people were complaining about there not being enough games on the 3DS, and now my problem is that there are too damn many for me to play them all, even though the 3DS currently makes up something like 95% of all my gaming.

  3. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    I played Fire Emblem for a total of around 60 hours, great game! Played Mario Bros through prolly 5 times, played Metroid through once, and tried most of the games aside from F-Zero. Still have to try that one. The wife’s playing through Minish Cap, so ya! I’d definitely say I’ve enjoyed having that vast selection of games for free. 🙂

    Though Kid Icarus Uprising has been eating all the time I throw my 3ds’ way lately! Such an awesome game. 🙂 I still have yet to focus on single player yet, everything to do and so little time!

  4. Blaise says:

    When the first NES games came out I did not play them much at all. Of course, I had a fun time playing through Super Mario Bros., and playing Balloon Fight every once in a while is simple fun with an awesome theme song, regardless of how often I hear it. I was hooked to NES Golf, which was a total shock. It’s way too difficult for me to excel at, but its fun for a few rounds. I’ll occasionally play through Super Mario Bros. just to see how far I can get in a limited amount of time.

    The GBA releases offered a greater amount of value. Mario Kart wasn’t as good as everyone said it would be, F-Zero feels way too outdated, and though my hopes were high, Kirby and the Magical Mirror was an enormous letdown. In fact, I thought it was so bad that I do not care to even attempt to finish it.

    However, Warioware is always perfect to play in short intervals, and having that option to carry around with me is much appreciated. Fire Emblem is an amazing game, and though I never tried a title prior to this one, I definitely see what all the fuss is about. I’m still playing it, and not even halfway through. Though I grew up during the SNES era, I never played Yoshi’s Island. I don’t think its anywhere near as good as Super Mario World, but its great to play this game 20 years after its release and still appreciate what it has to offer for the very first time.

    Finally, the biggest surprise for me was Wario Land 4. I love Wario in Smash Bros, Mario Kart, and the other games he’s included in, such as Warioware. I never actually played a Wario platformer, and now I am eager to play anything with Wario’s name on it. Wario Land 4 blew me away, even though that’s odd to say since it is such a simple game. The soundtrack is great, his quirks are hilarious, and the bosses were sometimes challenging.

    So, is Wario Shake It for the Wii worth purchasing? How about the Gamecube Wario platformer?

  5. Mohan says:

    I haven’t even launched the games since there are so many other games I am playing on the 3DS (retail and eShop). Currently I am digging Mutant Mudd, and I need to get back into Pushmo. Then I shall buy the Sakura Samurai game.

  6. Trilateralus says:

    Haven’t played my 3DS much lately, but I’ve put a couple dozen hours in Fire Emblem.

  7. monkat says:

    I forgot about them several hours after downloading them.

  8. Greg in PA says:

    @ blaise
    i never played shake it but i think its fairly solid i did play the gcn wario game and would advise against it, its also 3d compared to shake it and the other 2d wario lands

    on the topic ive enjoyed playing mario and warioware the most , i nhave played any of these games before but never metroid fusion and one day i will def make my way through that

  9. Blaise says:

    Thanks Greg in PA! I’ll try the upcoming e-Shop Wario game from the original gameboy and go from there.

  10. Juja says:

    If you enjoyed Wario Land 4 on GBA, you’ll love Wario Land Shake It on Wii.

  11. Stan says:


    Hold out for Wario Land II, if you can. Wario Land I is skippable, and Wario Land III is alright, but Wario Land II is where Nintendo hit all the right notes for the series. Simple and addicting, and the bosses are quite memorable.

  12. Hrothgarfunkel says:

    @Blaise Wario Land Shake it for the Wii is a really great game. It was the first wario game I have played, and after I got used to the slower speed (compared to a mario game) I really started to enjoy it.
    It has a ton of charm and looks really great. It is all hand drawn animation and a lot of care went into it.

  13. Lord Lemmy says:

    I think Wario Land 4 was the best one of the series. I am literally addicted to that game. I beat it more than once per year on all difficulties!

  14. ModestMrGreen says:


    Glad you’re really enjoying Metroid. The original is a game I find really enthralling, and it has something special that subsequent entries don’t have. 🙂

  15. Nin3DS says:

    If you enjoy Wario Land 4, then definitely buy Wario Land Shake It, it’s pretty much a direct successor to the game with very similar gameplay and general design (even the whole ‘escape the level in the time limit’ thing returns).

    Just be warned that it’s not as good as Wario Land 4 and has some issues in terms of level variety (not enough of it).

  16. XCWarrior says:

    I only owned Fire Emblen out of the 10 GBA games originally. So I haven’t needed to buy hardly any 3DS games retail or download thanks to the ambassador program. I’ve beaten Wario Ware, mario Kart, Donkey Kong, NES Golf and currently working through Wrecking Crew and Kirby. Plan to play most of the games.

    So yeah, I’m getting lots of mileage out of the ambassador games, and they were free!

  17. Stan says:

    Also, if you guys want to try out GBC games (like WarioLand II and III), try this emulator. It works right on your web browser, and you don’t have to download anything to use it. Not sure if it does save states, though… Still, good for sampling games!

  18. kai says:

    I have barely touched the early adopter games- I played through Ocarina of Time then dabbled with Mario Kart 7 and Mario 3D before getting into Tales of the Abyss. I am at 93 hours in that and can probably squeak out a couple more before putting the DS down for a bit to play Tales of Graces f. I’ve also got Kid Icarus on the shelf.

  19. WesFX says:

    I feel like it’s only fair to give each game a fair shot to entertain me. I’ve gone through about 6 of the NES and 2 of GBA games. Not for lack of caring, but mostly because other releases have kept my attention on 3DS.

    Some of the NES stuff I’m waiting on the save-state patches. Metroid is a blast without having to deal with the cruel continue system (99 health, 5 missles, despite how many tanks you may have collected, back to the last elevator) for example.

    Kirby and the Amazing Mirror is a real surprise. The progression structure is very interesting to me, and it’s not easy at all; I’d call it difficult, in fact. In general, most of the GBA games are worth giving your full attention to, and that is what I intend to do when there is a lull in 3DS/eShop/DS software to play on my 3DS.

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