How to Transfer Data to a New Nintendo 3DS XL

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

Every year or two, Nintendo releases a new version of its current handheld gaming device. These upgrades either offer new form factors, like the Nintendo 2DS, or add new features, like the system’s latest update, the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

If you’re going to upgrade from an older 3DS to a New Nintendo 3DS XL, you’ll want to move all of your data to the new device. Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn’t make this process very simple or streamlined. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off on your New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Two ways to transfer your data

You can move your data to your New Nintendo 3DS XL using either a computer or Wi-Fi. In either case, you need to have both your old 3DS system and your New Nintendo 3DS XL on hand.

If you’ve already sold your old 3DS, or otherwise don’t have access to it, Nintendo suggests that you open a help ticket here.

Ready to make the transfer? Let’s go.

Source: Nintendo via YouTube

Source: Nintendo via YouTube

Transfer data using a computer

The fastest way to transfer your data is to use a computer. If you don’t have access to the necessary items, skip ahead to the next page to complete the process over Wi-Fi.

To transfer your data using a computer, you’ll need the following items.

  • Your old 3DS system
  • The SD card from your old system (don’t remove it yet)
  • Your New Nintendo 3DS XL
  • A microSD card with at least as much storage space as the SD card in your old system (the New Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a 4GB microSD card installed)
  • A size #0 Phillips screwdriver
  • A computer
  • An adaptor to connect the SD and microSD cards to the computer
  • Wi-Fi broadband Internet access

Step 1

Turn on your New Nintendo 3DS XL and complete the setup process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not create a Nintendo Network ID on your new system when prompted. Go straight to the home menu.

Step 2

On both systems, from the home menu, select “System Settings,” “Other Settings,” and then “System Transfer.”

Step 3

On both systems, select “Transfer from a System in the Nintendo 3DS Family.”

Step 4

On your old system, select “Send from This System.”

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Receive from Nintendo 3DS.”

Step 5

On your old system, select “new 3DS XL.”

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Yes” when prompted.

On your old system, select “Next,” then “Yes,” then “Transfer.”

Step 6

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Delete,” then select “Delete” again when prompted to confirm the action.

Step 7

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “No” to confirm no other microSD cards have been used on the system.

Step 8

On your old 3DS, select “Yes” to confirm that you’re using an SD card.

Step 9

On your old 3DS, select “PC-Based Transfer.”

Step 10

On your old 3DS, select “Move” to begin the transfer.

Step 11

Once the transfer is complete, your old 3DS will format, and your New Nintendo 3DS XL will restart.

Step 12

Turn off both systems.

Remove the SD card from your old 3DS.

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, remove the panel on the back of the system using the #0 Phillips screwdriver. Under the panel, you’ll find the microSD card. Remove it.

Step 13

Connect your old 3DS’s SD card to your computer, and copy the folder named “Nintendo 3DS” to your computer’s desktop.

Step 14

Connect the microSD card from your New Nintendo 3DS XL to your computer. Copy the “Nintendo 3DS” folder to the microSD card.

Step 15

Once the copying process is complete, put the microSD card back into your New Nintendo 3DS XL, re-attach the back panel, and turn the system on.

That’s it!

You’re done. Double check to make sure all of your data is intact on your New Nintendo 3DS XL, and enjoy.

Source: Nintendo

Source: Nintendo

Transfer data over Wi-Fi

To transfer your data using Wi-Fi, you’ll need the following items.

  • Your old 3DS system
  • The SD card from your old system (don’t remove it yet)
  • Your New Nintendo 3DS XL
  • A microSD card with at least as much storage space as the SD card in your old system (the New Nintendo 3DS XL comes with a 4GB microSD card installed)
  • A size #0 Phillips screwdriver
  • WiFi broadband Internet access

Step 1

Make sure the microSD card in your New Nintendo 3DS XL has at least as much storage space as the SD card in your old 3DS. New Nintendo 3DS XL units come with a 4GB microSD card installed.

If you need more space than that, you’ll have to buy a bigger microSD card and install it in your New Nintendo 3DS.

To install a new microSD card, remove the back panel of your New Nintendo 3DS XL using the #0 Phillips screwdriver. Then replace the 4GB card with one that’s at least as big as the SD card in your old 3DS.

Step 2

Turn on your New Nintendo 3DS XL and complete the setup process.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not create a Nintendo Network ID on your new system when prompted.

Step 3

On both systems, go to the home menu, select “System Settings,” “Other Settings,” and then “System Transfer.”

Step 4

On both systems, select “Transfer from a System in the Nintendo 3DS Family.”

Step 5

On your old system, select “Send from This System.”

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Receive from Nintendo 3DS.”

Step 6

On your old system, select “new 3DS XL.”

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Yes” when prompted.

On your old system, select “Next,” then “Yes,” then “Transfer.”

Step 7

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “Delete,” then select “Delete” again when prompted to confirm the action.

Step 8

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, select “No” to confirm no other microSD cards have been used on the system.

Step 9

On your old 3DS, select “Yes” to confirm that you’re using an SD card.

Step 10

On your old 3DS, select either “Wireless Transfer (All Data)” or “Wireless Transfer (Limited Data).”

Here’s the difference:

  • The “All Data” option moves over all data from your old 3DS, including profile information, save data, and the games themselves. If you have several GB worth of games, this process can take a long time to complete.
  • The “Limited Data” option only moves over your profile information and save data. This option still takes a while, but not as long as the “All Data” option. To get your digital games onto your new system, you’ll have to re-download them from the eShop.

Step 11

On your old 3DS, select “Move” to begin the transfer.

Step 12

Once the transfer is complete, your old 3DS will format, and your New Nintendo 3DS XL will restart.

On your old 3DS, press “OK” and then “Delete,” and then “Delete” to confirm.

On your New Nintendo 3DS XL, press “OK,” then “Move” if that option is presented.

Step 13

The New Nintendo 3DS XL will restart. If you selected the “Limited Data” option, you can now re-download your games from the eShop.

That’s it!

You’re all set. Enjoy your New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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