When Nintendo launches its 3DS Ambassador program in a couple days, allowing early 3DS buyers to download 10 NES titles for free, you won’t come across them in an obvious and easy to find section of the eShop.
If you hit this link (make sure to hit the “How Do I Download Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Games?” bit in the sidebar), you’ll see there’s a long series of steps to access the hidden Ambassador download area.
So, instead of going eShop > 3DS Ambassador game downloads, you have to go through eShop > Settings / Other > Account Activity > Software Info, and then hit “Redownload”. Why is this so complicated?
In related news, Nintendo has just revealed Ambassador Certificate, a downloadable video for early adopters:
"By tapping the receive button on the Touch Screen when viewing this video, Ambassadors will receive updates regarding the Ambassador Program, such as when new titles are available to download. As soon as details for the 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console titles are available, we will send an update to those who have opted in using the Ambassador Certificate."
Is it just me, or does this sound like not all 10 NES games will be released on Thursday, and that we’ll only receive a portion at a time? I hope I’m wrong!
Japan's new Prime Minister announces 3DS Ambassador Famicom games [UPDATE]
Tokyo — As his first act in office, Japan’s newly installed prime minister Yoshihiko Noda selected the Famicom games that will be offered through his country’s 3DS Ambassador program, including his namesake, 8-bit puzzler Yoshi’s Egg (previously unrevealed titles in bold):
Super Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong Jr.
The Legend of Zelda
Mario Open Golf (or NES Open Tournament Golf in the U.S.)
Yoshi’s Egg (or Yoshi in the U.S.)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
[Update: After hours of negotiation, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press briefing this afternoon to confirm that 3DS Ambassadors in North America will receive the same Famicom/NES titles].
Professor Layton & the Last Specter releases October 17, includes London Life RPG
Though we feared Nintendo of America would cut this extra mode to save on localization costs, it turns out Professor Layton and the Last Specterwill include London Life, the Brownie Brown-developed, “100-hour” RPG with a visual style reminiscent of Mother 3 (Brownie Brown also co-developed that). Joy!
What’s more, as a “North American exclusive”, this bonus RPG is available at the start, and not an unlockable after you finish the game — I’m not sure if this means European gamers will need to complete Last Specter before playing London Life, or if they won’t receive it at all.
Oh well, Europe got Xenoblade, and will soon be playing The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, so it’s not like that region is getting screwed by Nintendo.
My most excellent Joystiq colleagues were at PAX this weekend, and picked up a bit of news that is also excellent. Aliens: Infestation, WayForward’s long-delayed, Contra-ish run-and-gun for DS, will be released in North America on October 11, with a European release preceding it on September 30.
For some reason, Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox was the one to reveal this news (I guess just because it was a panel about Aliens games), but whoever it came from, I’m totally thrilled to know when this is happening. Solatorobo, Kirby: Mass Attack, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, and this are keeping the regular old DS bumping in late 2011!
Speaking of Aliens, I’m not the only person who thinks of this when the Alien franchise comes up, before thinking of any actual Alien movies, right?
With eBayer 765brianf’s auction for a collection of 30 rare DS systems over and done, I can’t send you over there to bid or anything. But here’s the auction anyway, so we can gawk at the amazing collection of systems included.
There are Ace Attorney and Maple Story DSis, several different Pokemon systems, the Gundam DS Lite, an IGN DS Lite, and even a GTA Chinatown Wars system! Oh, and a 3DS Panda dev system.
The seller must have been hunting rare systems on eBay forever. And given that kind of dedication to the platform, I don’t think I’m too out of line guessing that he’s a Tiny Cartridge reader… in which case, hello! You had a really nice DS collection.
JC and I are always so focused on finding interesting items for the site, or trying to make time in our crazy schedules to cover all the newsworthy stuff, that we almost forgot all about it. Here’s some of this week’s most fun stories that distracted us from Tiny’s birthday:
Tiny Cartridge is growing up! Today is the third anniversary of when we decided to supplement our blogging jobs with blogging hobbies, and start posting random DS and import posts, and embarrassing Cutman videos to the weird site you see before you.
We have a crazy giveaway planned for this birthday, but since we’re running our Bit.Trip Saga / Complete contest soon, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for that.
We’re still going to to get free stuff in your hands, though! Come celebrate with us in the comments by telling us what you love (or hate) about Tiny Cartridge, and we’ll hand out a few goodies and games to the best b-day wishes.
While a (relatively small) portion of the DS playing world has moved onto 3DS, a group of hackers has still been toiling away at the DSi, releasing the “final” version of the DSiWarehax exploit.
This program uses one of four DSiWare games (Sudoku, Guitar Rock Tour, Legends of Exidia, or Fieldrunners) to enable homebrew in DSi mode, meaning it has access to the DSi’s extra RAM and the SD card. You can run it straight from the DSi menu when installed.
"This update comes with a catch!" according to GBATemp announcement. “If you currently do not have one of the 4 exploitable titles you will not be able to get them.” This is because you have to update your DSi firmware to download them, and you need an older version of the DSi firmware to operate the hack.
The usual caveats apply. DS hacks are useful and cool when used for things like running homebrew software or translation patches for games you own. But if you use them for piracy-related reasons, you are breaking the law, and you are also just the worst. Seriously, I cannot stress enough what a dick move that is.
Amazon is kind of going overboard on price-matching 3DS sales from other shops lately — this one lets you pick up a game for $9.99 when you buy a system. Here’s a few more 3DS deals the retailer is currently running:
Just a link to some Joystiq work I was happy about today! After Nicalis tweeted that it was bringing NightSky to the 3DS eShop, I checked in with producer Tyrone Rodriguez for more detail.
In short: yes, it’s totally happening, hopefully before Christmas, and it’s going to be totally in 2D. Whooooooooaaaaaaa. Pretty bold move, but a smart one, I think: I want to download this game on my 3DS, but that game really doesn’t need to be in 3D.
Nicalis also has some other eShop game planned, which they aren’t announcing yet. Two eShop games! That puts them ahead of pretty much everybody. I guess Arc System Works has two eShop games live in Japan already (Jazzy Billiards and Vector Racing).
The game has you “stealing treasures from real places like Notre Dame and The Louvre”, tapping buttons in time and tilting your system while sneaking into and escaping buildings — it sounds alright, but the most exciting news about this has nothing to do with the game itself.
You see, this was one of several big prophesies included in a list posted last month (I alluded to them just yesterday). With this project confirmed, the likelihood of these other leaked rumors being true has increased notably:
The Chunsoft team that brought you DS visual novel 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, which was a bit of a cult hit last year, is working on a new adventure title for 3DS and PS Vita, according to a report from Famitsu.
Titled Gyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shiboudes, or Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die (similar to 999's Japanese title), the project and its scenario is once again helmed by Kotaro Uchikoshi, while Kinu Nishimura will return to handle the character designs.
Several notable voice actors will lend their talents to this fully voiced project, too, including Akio Otsuka, Yukari Tamura, Chiaki Omigawa, and Rie Kugimiya.
I have a feeling 999 sales far exceeded Aksys’ expectations, what with the multiple print runs needed to keep up with demand, so don’t be surprised if the publisher announces this for the States somewhere down the line!
[Sponsored] “Triumph” from Bit.Trip Runner. Like the other chiptune-inspired tracks from the Bit.Trip series, this takes a minute to pick up but is a gem once it gets going.
This is one of the 18 songs, three from each of the series’ games, featured in the free Soundtrack Sampler CD included with Bit.Trip Saga (3DS) copies preordered online from GameStop, and with every copy of Bit.Trip Complete (Wii) — both ship on September 13.
Bit.Trip Saga/Complete's Sampler tracklisting:
And just in case you forgot, in addition to the original songs Gaijin Games composed for its Bit.Trip releases, each of the titles collected in the anthology have tunes from chiptune greats like Bit Shifter, Nullsleep, Anamanaguchi, Bubblyfish, and Minusbaby.
It totally blows my mind that there will be a 3DS game with Anamanaguchi and Minusbaby tracks!
Though it once again won’t have a major presence at Tokyo Game Show next month, Nintendo will hold its own pre-TGS 3DS trade show, dubbed “Nintendo Conference”, on September 13 that will be “open to industry people, analysts, investors and journalists, but not to consumers.”
There’s also some crazy speculation of a 2012 hardware revision for the Nintendo 3DS that “radically tone[s] down” the system’s 3D aspect, and an accessory that adds a second analog stick to the right side of the portable. Both ideas sound preposterous, in my opinion, but not totally impossible. I’m very skeptical about these reports!
I much prefer the gossip that Nintendo will make a huge game announcement at this conference — maybe Dragon Quest X for a dual Wii/3DS release? Or a new Pokemon?
Or if you believe these somewhat credible rumors, Capcom will unveil Monster Hunter Tri G for 3DS (and Monster Hunter 3rd P HD for Vita), Square Enix will bring out a 3DS sequel for Final Fantasy: The Warriors of Light 2, and Dragon Quest X will be an MMO title.
Homebrew coder Smealum just posted a new public update for DScraft, the unauthorized adaptation of Mojang’s Minecraft for Nintendo DS. He’s actually put out a number of new builds in the past several weeks, but those were available to only closed beta testers.
There’s a ton of features introduced since that first public demo, including dynamic water, a dynamic lighting system, cave generation, an inventory, and more.
Now all we need are some enemy mobs! Oh, and an update for Lumikha/LuaCraft, the other homebrew DS project obviously inspired by Minecraft, but in 2D like Terraria.
This week seem packed with news — for JC and I at least, as we covered Gamescom for multiple sites, including this one. We also celebrated our 5000th post at Tiny Cartridge, which blows my mind. How did that happen?
So, here’s a round-up of our biggest/best posts this week, brought to you by our generous sponsor Aksys, which is releasing Bit.Trip Saga for 3DS and Bit.Trip Complete for Wii on September 13. See more of the games here!
Wired Italy’s Francesco Fondi sent us this story about a DSi-based port of the 1971 Star Trek text game! Tiny Trek, exhibited at Comiket 80, is a version of the text adventure built in Smileboom’s DSiWare game design utility Petit Computer.
If you want to learn how to use Petit Computer and you can read Japanese, you can actually get a guidebook for Petit Computer! I’m absolutely shocked — not by the fact that this tool is complicated enough to need a reference, but that a DSiWare game has a strategy guide.