Nintendo have a habit of making the simplest tasks fairly difficult, the latest of which is transferring your existing 3DS data to the New Nintendo 3DS which launches on Friday. It seems in order to transfer data from one card to another, you’ll need a screwdriver, a computer, a micro-SD and SD Card adapter, and probably the skills of a ninja.. Either way, it’s not as simple as transferring data from one 3DS to another.. Oh Nintendo.

In the run up to the release of the New Nintendo 3DS, there has been a number of concerns as to how data will be transferred, if at all, because the new hardware no longer uses the larger SD Cards, and has opted for a MicroSD card which also happens to be screwed in under the devices back panel. Thankfully Nintendo is addressing concerns with a brand new video showing you what to do which you can see above.

Here’s some written instructions too, to save you from starting and stopping the video again and again..

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your current 3DS/2DS
  • Its SD card
  • A New Nintendo 3DS
  • A microSD card of equal or larger capacity (a 4GB one comes installed in the New 3DS)
  • A size 0 Phillips screwdriver
  • A computer
  • An adapter to connect the SD and MicroSD cards to said computer
  • Wireless broadband internet access

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Go through the setup on your New 3DS, download the latest software, but do notcreate a new Nintendo Network ID on this system as it will overwrite your old one.
  2. On the home menu, go to System Settings, then Other Settings, then System Transfer.
  3. On both systems select “Transfer From a System in the Nintendo 3DS Family.” Select “send” from the old system and “receive” to the new one.
  4. Follow the prompts to confirm the transfer.
  5. Select “delete” to erase the content on the New 3DS’s microSD card.
  6. Select “no” on the New 3DS to confirm that no other microSD cards have been used with the system.
  7. Select “yes” on the old 3DS to confirm that you’re using an SD card (these come with the system, so you likely are).
  8. Select “PC-based transfer.”
  9. Select “move” on the source system.
  10. Once this is complete the old 3DS will format and the New 3DS will restart.
  11. Power off both systems and remove their SD/microSD cards. This will require using a size zero Phillips screwdriver to remove the back panel on the New 3DS.
  12. Connect the SD card to your computer and copy the folder called Nintendo 3DS to your desktop.
  13. Connect the New 3DS’s microSD card to your computer and copy the folder from step 12 into it.
  14. Insert the microSD card into your New 3DS, reattach the back panel and power the system on.

Now, you’ll notice in the video that there IS a simpler option to transfer the data via wireless connection, but Nintendo estimates that it’ll take around two hours to transfer 4GB worth of data this way, but it’s otherwise more convenient. Essentially however, this way is the fastest way to do it, albeit a little fiddly.


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