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NES Open Tournament GolfEarly Nintendo 3DS adopters (and those who skirted the rules) are set to download their ten free Nintendo Entertainment System games later this week, and today the company announced which ten games (five of which we already knew) are going to be offered up as make-good freebies in North America and Japan (and, presumably, other regions as well).  Remember, these games are lacking a few features that you may expect compared to other Virtual Console titles on the 3DS, but an update will be available later that brings them up to their full potential.  Free up some space on the SD card for the following:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Metroid
  • Balloon Fight
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Climber
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Wrecking Crew
  • NES Open Tournament Golf

That's a nice list of classic first-party titles that offers a little something for everybody.  Obviously Mario, Metroid, and the two Zeldas are the stand-out titles on the list, but don't underestimate the others.  Yoshi, Balloon Fight, and Ice Climber are the perfect size for quick, instant gaming on the go.  Wrecking Crew is worth the extra exposure, and you know you'll dip into Donkey Kong Jr. for nostalgia's sake.  NES Open Tournament Golf, on the other hand, doesn't have much to offer these days (it barely did back in its prime).  I'm surprised to see it here now considering some of the other titles in Nintendo's library that could have stepped in to take its place, but then I remind myself that Nintendo isn't going to give out all of its gold for free here.  Super Mario Bros. 3 and Kirby's Adventure must wait for another (paid) day.

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