August 8, 2022
How to Transfer Your Games and Settings from One Nintendo 3DS to Another

The Nintendo 3DS has been around since February 2011. Since then, it has seen several hardware iterations that improve the design, build quality, and even the console’s much-loved 3D feature. Its latest versions, called New 3DS and New 3DS XL, are much better than their predecessors. The difference is big enough that it’s worth buying one of these even if you were an early adopter for the 3DS.

Although it’s important to note that unlike Google, Apple, Sony, or Microsoft, Nintendo doesn’t make it easy to share games on your device. Your system settings and digitally downloaded games will not automatically appear on your new console, as they are not tied to your Nintendo Account. Instead, they are tied to hardware. This makes transferring data cumbersome, and you must have your old 3DS with you to transfer data to the new one. Here’s what you need to know to accomplish this. You’ll need a working Internet connection using Wi-Fi, both consoles with an SD or microSD card, and of course, two 3DS units.


1. Turn on both systems.

2. On both consoles system setupThen other settings,

3. Select system transfer, The system will now connect to the Internet.

4. Tap Transfer Between Nintendo 3DS Systems,

5. Select the old 3DS you are transferring data from send from this system,

6. Select the new 3DS you want to move the data to Get it from Nintendo 3DS System,


7. Follow the prompts on both devices, select Step, and wait for the transfer. This may take some time.

8. Once done, the device will ask if it is ok to restart. tap Yes,

9. If you had a preinstalled game on the new system before the transfer, you may need to download it again from the eShop.

Once this is done, all of your settings and downloaded games will be available on your new 3DS, and will be disabled on the old one. The digital games you have can only be on one system at a time – this means that after transferring them to the new 3DS, you won’t be able to play them on your old handheld. It’s a somewhat chronological system, and we hope Nintendo will address that at some point, because with this setup, buying physical games makes more sense. That way, even if your hardware stops working, your games are still safe.

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