Does anyone else get most of their download games for free in some way?

#1keyblader1985Posted 3/11/2013 4:14:35 PM
Whether through Club Nintendo, Ambassador program, or some other special event, the majority of games that I've download did not cost me any actual money. I could probably count on one hand the number of eshop titles I paid full price for.
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#2ssjlinkxPosted 3/11/2013 4:21:29 PM
Downloaded every demo
Got Four Swords when it was free
Got classic Kid Icarus for free with Uprising
Never paid a penny for anything on the eshop
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#3warlord3Posted 3/11/2013 4:26:51 PM
I've gotten a ton of stuff for free, but with 45 eshop games they weren't all free.
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#4EM_MegaPosted 3/11/2013 4:39:02 PM
Super Mario 3D Land came with it.
Metroid II was free
Donkey Kong was also free
Got Kid Icarus for free as well.
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#5yabPosted 3/11/2013 4:54:43 PM
I have more ambassador games than non-ambassador so yeah the majority were free. I've bought a few though.
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#6ClaytronicPosted 3/11/2013 5:19:25 PM
Of my 30 downloaded games, I paid for exactly three of them.

20 Free ambassador games
Free Zelda: Four Swords (also downloaded to my DSi)
Free Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (Club Nintendo coins)
Free Photo Dojo (it was free for the first month of its release)

And when I originally bought my DSi at launch, it came with 1000 free points as a promotion Nintendo was running at the time, so I downloaded:

Arcade Bowling
Army Defender
Bird and Beans
Pro-Putt Domo
Mario Calculator (not really a game, though)

I've since transferred those to my 3DS with the exception of Bird and Beans, since it's contained within the WarioWare ambassador title.

I've bought (with my own actual money):

3D Classics: Kid Icarus
Metroid II: Return of Samus
Kirby's Block Ball

I've never been big on downloading titles (partly because you can never trade them in once you're finished/bored with them, but also because I'm simply not interested with most DSiware/eshop games) so I doubt I'll ever get any more. Of course, my game purchases have plummeted in the last few years anyway (games I want that are confirmed for a North American release this year are: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon).

Overall, as you can probably guess, I'm quite pleased with my past transactions :)

On a side note, out of my entire gaming collection of 395 games, exactly 58 of them are digital downloads. </blogfaqs>
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#7Gavin_RozeePosted 3/11/2013 5:31:44 PM
Nope. I like games and I'm not a cheapskate ;)
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#8yukitoPosted 3/11/2013 6:13:13 PM
I paid $140 for a used 3DS that came with ambassador games and a load of other tiny DD games I'm not really interested in. I guess given the price it's like I got a bunch of games free.
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#9SMASHKING84Posted 3/11/2013 6:14:24 PM
Yes but not all of them are obtained in the same way.
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#10keyblader1985(Topic Creator)Posted 3/11/2013 7:26:23 PM
Excluding demos and videos, here's my list:

Free:
Flipnote
Zelda Four Swords (downloaded both on DSi and 3DS)
Photo Dojo (was free at launch)
Ambassador games
Pokedex 3D
3D Classics Excitebike
Swapnote

Club Nintendo:
Metal Torrent
Pictobits
Brain Age Express Sudoku
Kirby's Dream Land
Mario's Picross
Donkey Kong
Metroid II
Tetris
3D Classics Kid Icarus

Other:
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Minis March Again (purchased with free 1000 DSi points at launch)
Bird & Beans (same)
Mighty Flip Champs (a few years ago Kellogg's had a contest giving away 1000 DSi points; I won twice)
Mario Clock (Kellogg's)
Soul of Darkness (Kellogg's)
Crystal Monsters (Kellogg's)

Paid:
Shantae $12
Alphabounce $5
Puzzle League Express $5
Looksley's Line Up $5
Pop Island Paperfield $2
DodoGo Robo $2
3D Classics Kirby's Adventure $7
Mega Man Wily's Revenge $4
Mighty Switch Force $6
Ninja Gaiden $5
Picdun 2 $5
SMB Lost Levels $5
Sonic Triple Trouble $5
Super Mario Land $4
Super Mario Land 2 $4


So since April 2009, I've spent less than $76 on DSi/3DS downloads. 15 games paid for, 41 free. (Plus one time Toys R Us had eshop cards on sale so I even saved on the ones I paid for.)
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