Are 20 Free Games Worth it if You Can’t Pick Them? *UPDATED*
Nintendo throws us a curve ball.
Nintendo sure surprised everybody today with the drastic price drop of the 3DS. As someone who bought the console at launch, I was sure this news was fake. It is all too real though and the fact of the matter is that I spent $80 more on my handheld than most people will come August. I was a bit irked to say the least.
The price drop wasn’t the only interesting news though. For those 830,000 people who have already bought a 3DS there will be compensation. These early adopters will be given 20 downloadable games for free. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well it is, and it isn’t. Now the press release doesn’t actually state this, but it appears the 20 games have been preselected for you. Let’s look at the games Nintendo has announced so far.
Super Mario Bros
Donkey Kong Jr.
The Legend of Zelda
Game Boy Advance titles
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Mario Kart Super Circuit
Wario Ware Inc. Mega Micogame$
Mario vs Donkey Kong
Now assuming that we HAVE to pick these particular games, there are still 10 games left unlisted. Out of the 10 games they have announced, I already own eight, some on multiple platforms. Sure, the majority of these are great games, but shouldn’t Nintendo give us a choice? Shouldn’t we be able to save the 20 selections for whenever we see fit? I say early adopters should get any 20 games for free, be they NES, GameBoy, GameBoy Advance, DSiWare, or 3DSWare. That way you could save your free selections for games you truly want.
I’m not mad about getting free games, in fact I adore the majority of the ones already announced. I’d just like a choice. Let’s hope they fill in those other 10 slots with stellar games that appeal to a large audience. Which NES or GBA games would you want?
UPDATE – Judging by some of your comments, it appears some of you think I’m being greedy and unappreciative about getting 20 games for free. I apologize if the article came off that way. Here’s my main point – giving us early adopters 20 free games is a wonderful idea and I wholeheartedly support it. I’m just saying, would you like to get a free game that you already own and have beaten multiple times or would you rather be able to pick a great game you’ve never tired and experience for the first time? I’ll download every one of the free games and I’ll beat them again, they’re wonderful games after all. I’d rather play games that are new to me though, THAT is why I was hoping for the ability to choose. I hope many of you get to experience some of these titles for the first time on your 3DS, because most of them are fantastic.