Nintendo Of Europe has listed the features of the upcoming NES and GBA Virtual Console games that will be given free to 3DS Ambassadors. Have a seat, this is a lengthy one.
As you may already know, the ten NES games will become available to Ambassadors from 1 September. These will be the "priority delivery" versions of the games, and will include the following features:
- A basic electronic manual giving only the controls
- Alternating multiplayer (taking turns) on one system in games that support it, like Super Mario Bros.
- VC Suspend function (saves the game where you left off when you press the Home button, like on the Wii)
At a later date, these ten games will then become available on the eShop as official releases. These will have more features, but Ambassadors will be able to update from the priority version of each game to the official version for free. Here's a list of the features added to the official releases:
- A full electronic manual detailing all gameplay features and modes
- Simultaneous multiplayer on multiple systems in games that support it (like Ice Climbers)
- Restore Point function (as used in Game Boy VC games just now, it lets you create a save point as you play the game and come back to it if you mess up)
As for the ten Game Boy Advance games, they'll be available later on in the year and will only be available to Ambassadors. They won't have many of the features of official Virtual Console releases. Here's what they'll have:
- A full electronic manual
- No VC Suspend or Restore Point functionality, though any game with a game save feature will work as normal
- If you close your 3DS it won't go into Sleep mode.
In short, they'll play like GBA games do on the DS Lite.
Interestingly, Nintendo is also providing a firmware update later in the year which allows you to transfer both the NES and GBA games to a different 3DS system, much like the DSi to 3DS software transfer method.
This means if your friend bought a 3DS after the Ambassador programme ended, you could in theory transfer your GBA games to their system so they could play them. It's probable that they'll be removed from your system in the process, though.
So there you have it, everything you need to know so far. We'll give you more info when the other ten mystery games are 100% confirmed.