The 3DS’ Ambassador Program worked like a charm. It made owners get excited about 20 free classics being given to them and it even caused a rush at retail stores to get a 3DS before the program’s cut off date. Another good thing about the program is that while other owners can’t get those games, it shows loyalty to those who supported Nintendo during a rough time. This certainly is a rough time.
Nintendo needs to announce some sort of Wii U Ambassador Program before E3 happens. After E3 you’ll either be buying a Wii U because of all of the announcements or still won’t because you just don’t want to. To fully support the early adopters of the Wii U a program like this should be announced before Nintendo descends on E3 with a mighty fist and shows their hand.
The 3DS’ Ambassador Program gave early buyers 10 GBA games and 10 NES games that otherwise would not be released on the e-shop. For the Wii U Ambassador Program that is going to be a bit tricky. You see the only two consoles that haven’t seen the light of day on the e-shop are the Wii itself and the Gamecube. While we could certainly get some Gamecube games that others won’t get, we’d have to settle for some N64 games that may or may not have already been released/you bought already. Still, getting 10 N64 games and 10 Gamecube games is a sweet deal. I doubt we’d get 10 of each like the 3DS got since these are much bigger games. I could see 5 N64 and 5 Gamecube being more realistic. Still, I’ll be going off of 10 for each.
Also, why only choose from Nintendo games for the Ambassador Program? I find it hard to believe that Nintendo couldn’t get permission to dip into the library past their own 1st party titles. If we get a Wii U Ambassador Program, then there should be some 2nd and 3rd party offering in here. The N64 and Gamecube had some great games outside of Nintendo’s own offerings.
Here’s what I would like to see from a Wii U Ambassador Program.
N64 Ambassador Games
- Blast Corps*
- Goldeneye 007*
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Pokemon Stadium*
- Resident Evil 2*
- Starfox 64
- Super Mario 64
- Super Smash Bros.
- WWF No Mercy*
Gamecube Ambassador Games
- F-Zero GX
- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
- Mario Kart: Double Dash
- Metroid Prime
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
- Resident Evil
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Viewtiful Joe
As much as I’d like to see Wind Waker on the Gamecube list, with the remake coming out Nintendo is not going to give you any kind of reason not to buy it. Having the original on your Wii U may make you hesitate spending money on it. Also, Twilight Princess wouldn’t be given away.
I went for games I could realistically see Nintendo going with. I used the 3DS Ambassador Program as a reference, as well.
I feel that Nintendo had to give 3DS owners some sort of compensation for being such loyal fans and there’s no reason that they shouldn’t do the same thing for the Wii U given the predicament it’s in.
A lot of fans don’t want to hear doom and gloom and neither do I since I own one. However, it’s hard not to agree that a Wii U Ambassador Program would go a long way with owners and fans.
I can see Nintendo turning this around at some point, just like the 3DS. However, that started with the Ambassador Program. Lightning can strike twice.