Nintendo To Distribute Free Excitebike 3D Classics With May 3DS Firmware Update

By Ishaan . April 26, 2011 . 4:14am

In May, Nintendo will release a firmware update for the Nintendo 3DS that will accompany the 3DS eShop service, where you’ll be able to download games and trailers for the system (like Mega Man Legends 3 Prototype Version, for example).


Along with the update, Nintendo will also distribute a 3D Classics version of Excitebike for free in Japan, according to the company’s recent investor briefing for the past fiscal year.


The May firmware update, as reported previously, will also come with an online browser that you’ll be able to open and use even while playing a game.

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  • Nice, but I doubt I will ever check these classics out or play the free one.

  • Zonic505

    Oh PLEASE do the same for the US, Nintendo!

    Heck, I just want a date so I can know when I can get Legends 3 Prototype Version!

  • As if the May update of web browser and eshop wasn’t vital enough already. Hopefully it’s not just Japan that will get it, or maybe different regions will get different classics?

  • Hope it’s the same for other regions as well. Gotta get my hands on Prototype Version!

    Plus, it drives me nuts having “locked” features on my system right now. I do a system update every now and then thinking maybe they snuck something in there.

  • TanyaRei

    i hated that game
    id rather have a free 10 bucks like dsi got

  • dragoon_slayer12

    being able to browse the web and game is going to be super useful. tired of playing, web. need a faq, web.

  • Anything to get rid of that stupid music video….

  • Exitebike=One of the most best games ever!

    • I know, right? Even though I was horrible at it, I still played it all the time when I was a kid.

    • Describing a game in two superlative redundant forms as in “MOST BEST” probably denotes that it is indeed f*cking awesome. ^_^

  • LastFootnote

    Hey, that sounds like a cool incentive to buy the syst… Oh, only in Japan. Nevermind.

    • Aoshi00

      Well, US systems get Netflix though.. a freebie is always nice, used to love excitebike on the NES..

  • A free 3D Classics version is good and all that, but what this game really needs is the phenomenal title theme playing in 3d sound.

  • This isn’t that good of an incentive to buy the system… 1) it’s pricey for many people 2) If you aren’t into Street Fighter or Mii games, what ARE you going to play??

    Once Orcarina comes out, I expect big sales. Since they didn’t launch with a (REAL) 1st party game (that’s not another Nintendogs…), many people are holding out because of it.

    • Sorry but its just hard to imagine that people are sitting on $249.99 and an additional $39.99 just to buy Ocarina of Time 3D…I highly doubt it will ensure that the system sales more than 400K each month.

      • You’d actually be surprised with how many people I’ve talked to that say “I was going to get one, but there’s nothing out I want yet…”. Money IS a huge factor, but lots of people don’t like buying systems where they don’t have any games they want to play on yet. Reminds me of the PS3 launch, sort of.

        I expect a HUGE sales spike once Orcarina gets advertised, since (although being a port) would be a system seller. If Orcarina was a launch game, I definately think sales would’ve been alot better.

  • Describing a game in two superlative redundant forms as in “MOST BEST” probably denotes that it is indeed f*cking awesome. ^_^

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