Tuesday, January 17, 2012
3DS Ambassador Games for General Release
Initially I naively assumed that all Ambassador NES and GBA games would be released "at some point" for the rest of us to purchase. After searching a bit more the initial word is that this isn't the case. From what I can tell some or all of the NES games will be released, but not the GBA games.
In Seth Myers style: Really Nintendo? Really?
I completely understand and wholeheartedly agree with releasing these 20 games for free to those that purchased early. I may not be familiar with all of the games, but from what I've seen and read, these are some serious classic games and not just a pile of leftovers with one or two good ones thrown in. Kudos to Nintendo on that.
I also understand not immediately releasing them for purchase by the general public. Sure, let the ambassadors live it up, perhaps generate some good buzz and make these games a commodity that we must then purchase.
Though the part of not releasing all of them for general purchase is very perplexing and as you can tell is really pissing me off. Do they not want to open this revenue stream up at all and what the hell kind of decision is that? How does this even remotely benefit their stock price? Are they afraid that VC GBA games will somehow affect retail GBA? (does that even still exist in something other than 3rd party used market?) Is this just a gift to Ambassadors to feel superior and act overly smarmy? What use is it for my buddy BitNick or GamesAndBiz to mention how cool one of the games is if I can't then go fork over my money and also experience it?
Are they holding off to create a $40 retail "bundle" of these games? Perhaps they have plans to do more 3D "remakes" and don't want to cannibalize those sales just yet by releasing the standard 2D versions.
What I'm hoping is that they're just bluffing to generate buzz and will drop all of them on the eShop within the next 6 months or so. While the 10 NES games are very good, in all honesty I probably wouldn't purchase any of them. I already have SMB, LoZ and Metroid on Wii VC and really don't need titles like ice climber and Balloon Fight. Though I've never played any of the GBA games and like an addict I'm jonesin' for some of them. Maybe that's the angle they're going for so when they do release it can be for an inflated price?
That would be a shame though. Let's hope we don't see LoZ: The Minish Cap (this would be my first purchase) for something like $12. Remember Nintendo, 20 games for the $80 the Ambassadors "paid" is only $4/game. Lets be reasonable here.
While I'm still on this rant, where are the TG16 games? What about the NES, SNES and other libraries on Wii VC? I'm not saying bring the entire thing over now, but what's the deal? How can someone not see that bringing a game like A Link to the Past over to tie into the Zelda timeline would be a massive hit? Guys, for everyone like myself loving every minute of Link's Awakening DX you know we would all purchase LTTP overnight, don't you? You know we've also been playing Four Swords with the retro levels and that we're baited and ready. Or do these games not port very well on the 3DS?
What are your thoughts on the Ambassador program either game-wise or for general release?