In preparation for the price drop of the 3DS, Nintendo has sent out a notification via SpotPass to remind folks to connect to the eShop before August 12th so they’re eligible for the free games as a result of being an early adopter. You can check your 3DS or after the break for the message.
(Thanks to Elias Moreno for sending this in.)
To our loyal customers, we would like to offer you 20 downloadable games from the Nintendo eshop at no charge. These free games are available to Nintendo 3DS owners who connect* to the nintendo eshop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Easter/8:59 p.m. Pacific time on Aug 11, 2011. You will automatically be registered as a 3DS Ambassador.
Starting Sept. 1, Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES Virtual Console games at no charge and before they are available to the public. These games, including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and the Legend of Zelda, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Later in the year, once the paid version of the games are available in the Nintendo eshop, Ambassadors can download any of the remaining games or any of the updated versions at no cost.
By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Gamb Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario ADvance 3, Mario Kart : Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare INc: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kond. The games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.
More details about this program will be announced in the future.