Posted November 28, 2012 by Peter in News

Nintendo offer free game for 3DS XL owners

Nintendo offer free game for 3DS XL owners
Nintendo offer free game for 3DS XL owners

Nintendo are clearly hoping they can encourage Santa to fill a few extra stockings on their behalf around Europe this Christmas, launching a promotion to give a free game to download for any 3DS XL registered before January 15th.

New 3DS XL owners are being offered one of five titles – the lukewarmly received Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!; art tutorial New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art; bright and peppy (but apparently surprisingly solid) management sim Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique; popular puzzle-adventure Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask; and extremely well received (and perhaps obligatory Mario title) Super Mario 3D Land.

Released in Europe four months ago today, the offer is open to owners in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Russia. While timed nicely before Christmas to try and tempt as a present idea, the promotion is also valid for previously bought-and-registered devices too – official instructions on the Nintendo website tell owners to log into their Club Nintendo account and “follow the instructions on the banner about the promotion”.

Whether a free game will prove enough to sell extra units is yet to be proven, but for those who have already got hold of one, or receive that extra-special present under the tree, having an extra something for no extra cost shouldn’t be unwelcome. With that extra something also coming from a list which includes two big titles it should be an even better bonus.

However, the offer will not being giving 3DS XL players something extra to do over the holiday – the download of the titles themselves are happening during January only.


Peter can be described as an old, hairy gamer, a survivor of the console wars of the 1990s, and a part-time MMO addict. He has an especial fondness for retro gaming and observing the progressions in long running gaming series. When scandalously not caught gaming, he can also be found reading comics and fantasy fiction, or practising terrible photography.