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Important notice regarding the system transfer

You will need to be connected to the internet to transfer data. The systems will also connect to each other via local wireless. It is recommended that both systems be placed close together in an area with stable internet access. See Internet Settings section of Operations Manual for details.

You will not be able to perform a system transfer if there is any Nintendo Network ID already linked to the target system.

To prevent the system from running out of power during the transfer, ensure that the battery on each system is well charged, or plug in the AC Adapter before starting the transfer. If the battery charge is too low, you will not be able to transfer data.

Note: Closing the system at this time will not activate Sleep Mode. Additionally, please do not turn the power off while data transfer is taking place.

Transferring from Nintendo DSi / Nintendo DSi XL

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You can transfer Nintendo DSiWare and photos/recordings from a Nintendo DSi / Nintendo DSi XL system to the new system. See System Transfer section of the Operations Manual for details.

Note: You cannot transfer from a New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system to a Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system. Also, be aware that once a transfer has been performed, it cannot be undone.

Transferring from systems in the Nintendo 3DS family

You can transfer save data for built-in applications, Nintendo eShop funds/account activity etc. from a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system.

Note:

  • Data is transferred all together. You cannot choose individual software or items to transfer.
  • You cannot transfer data from a New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo XL system to a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system.
  • You will not be able to perform a system transfer if there is any Nintendo Network ID already linked to the target system.

Following data is transferable:

 

Nintendo DS software settings: Transfer Internet Settings (Nintendo DS Connections) and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection ID.

Pre-installed Application save data: Transfers data such as the friend list, Nintendo 3DS Camera photos, Nintendo 3DS Sound recordings and Mii Maker Mii characters from the pre-installed applications on the source system.

Nintendo DSiWare: Transfers Nintendo DSiWare (and its save data) stored on the system memory.

Nintendo Network ID (NNID): Transfers your Nintendo Network ID information.

Note: A Nintendo Network ID that was previously linked to the source system can only be linked again to the target system.

Nintendo eShop account activity / funds: Transfers your Nintendo eShop account activity and funds to the target system. This will be merged with that of the target system.

Note: Some account activity may not be transferable. You will be given the chance to review any untransferable data on screen before the transfer.

Usage licences for SD card data: Transfers usage licences for data stored on the SD card (e.g. downloadable software and its save data, add-on content, etc.). This enables you to use the SD card contents in the new system.

These are the following three ways to transfer your data stored on the SD card.

  1. Wireless transfer (All data)
    • The transfer may take some time if there is a large amount of data to transfer. We recommend running it overnight.
    • If there is not enough free space available on the target system's microSD card, you will not be able to perform the transfer. Cancel the transfer and remove any unwanted photos, videos, recordings or software. Alternatively, you can insert a microSD card with more free space available into the target system or use the "Wireless transfer (limited data)" method to transfer data.
    • If you have used multiple SD cards with the source system, data from other SD cards should be copied to the microSD card using the "Copy via PC" method after the system transfer is complete.
    1. From the HOME Menu on both systems, select "System Settings", then "Other Settings"
    2. Scroll to menu screen "4" and tap "System Transfer", followed by "Transfer from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    3. Read the Terms of Use, and then touch "I Agree"
    4. On the source unit, select "Send from this System", and on the target unit, select "Receive from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to carry out the transfer.
  2. Wireless transfer (Limited data)

    Use this method when the microSD card in the target system does not have enough free space available. All data except Nintendo 3DS download software will be transferred to the microSD card. After performing the transfer, any purchased downloadable software can be redownloaded at no extra cost from Nintendo eShop.

    • Save data will be restored once you start the software after redownloading it.
    • If you have used multiple SD cards with the source system, data from other SD cards should be copied to the microSD card using the "Copy via PC" method after the system transfer is complete.
    1. From the HOME Menu on both systems, select "System Settings", then "Other Settings"
    2. Scroll to menu screen "4" and tap "System Transfer", followed by "Transfer from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    3. Read the Terms of Use, and then touch "I Agree"
    4. On the source unit, select "Send from this System", and on the target unit, select "Receive from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to carry out the transfer.
  3. Copy via PC (All data)

    With this method, data on an SD card will not be transferred automatically to the microSD card in the target system. Once the system transfer has been completed, use a computer to copy all the data from the SD card to the microSD card. After the data has been copied, insert the microSD card in the target system.

    • If you have been using a microSD card with an SD card adapter in the source system, there's no need to use a PC to copy the data. Simply insert the microSD card into the target system once the system transfer is complete.
    • When copying data from an SD card to a microSD card, use the microSD card slot on your PC or a commercially available microSD card reader/writer and copy all the data on the SD card to the microSD card. You should copy the "Nintendo 3DS" folder in its entirety.
    1. From the HOME Menu on both systems, select "System Settings", then "Other Settings"
    2. Scroll to menu screen "4" and tap "System Transfer", followed by "Transfer from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    3. Read the Terms of Use, and then touch "I Agree"
    4. On the source unit, select "Send from this System", and on the target unit, select "Receive from a Nintendo 3DS System"
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions to carry out the transfer.

Note:

  • Data must be copied to an empty microSD card.
  • If you have used multiple SD cards with the source system, copy the contents of each SD card to microSD card individually. Downloadable software saved on multiple SD cards cannot be consolidated onto a single microSD card.
  • Copy the "Nintendo 3DS" folder to the top level of the microSD card. In other words, do not place it within another folder.
  • Do not attempt to adjust the data, move or delete the files, or change any file names within the "Nintendo 3DS" folder.

Transferring between New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems

Take the microSD card from the source system and insert it in the target system.

In order to take the microSD card out of the slot, push first so it pops out. Pulling it out with force may result in damaging the microSD card slot.

The data on the source system's microSD card will only be usable on the target system. After performing the system transfer, insert the microSD card from the source system into the target system. If you use the target system without inserting the microSD card, you may not have access to save data for certain software titles.

You will not be able to perform a system transfer if there is any Nintendo Network ID already linked to the target system.

Precautions when transferring a Nintendo Network ID

  • You will not be able to perform a system transfer if there is any Nintendo Network ID already linked to the target system.
  • Formatting your system will not delete your Nintendo Network ID.
  • You will need to use system transfer to link your Nintendo Network ID to another system. Once linked to your system, your ID cannot be linked to any other Nintendo 3DS system.

Precautions for transferring

You will not be able to perform a system transfer if there is any Nintendo Network ID already linked to the target system.

After transferring data, all data on the source system will be deleted.

Note: With the exception of Nintendo DSiWare, the data in the target system's system memory (e.g. pre-installed application save data) will be deleted and overwritten with the data from the source system. If you have data such as photos and recordings in the target system saved and wish to keep them after the transfer, copy these to a microSD card first.

Download software precautions:

  • Data stored on the target system's microSD card, such as Nintendo 3DS download software and its save data, will not be usable after the transfer. The software can be re-downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
  • Nintendo DSiWare and its save data on the target system's microSD card should be moved to the target system's system memory before the transfer. It will then remain usable after the transfer.
  • If the same download software has been downloaded on both systems, its data on the target system's account activity will be deleted and replaced with the data from the source system. Also, the old save data on the target system with no longer be usable.

Nintendo eShop funds precautions:

 

If the total Nintendo eShop funds of the source and target systems exceed the maximum allowed, the system transfer will not proceed.

Formatting system memory

Select this option to delete all data saved to the system, and return it to factory settings.

Note:

  • If you have linked a Nintendo Network ID to your system, you will need an internet connection to format the system memory.
  • Formatting your system will not delete your Nintendo Network ID.
  • After linking a Nintendo Network ID to your system once, you will not be able to link it to any other system even after formatting. You will need to use system transfer to link to your ID to another system instead of formatting.
  • The system version will remain at the current version even if you format the system memory.

Following data will be deleted and cannot be recovered if you opt to format your system:

  • Content saved in the system memory such as friend list, notification and step data
  • Application save data
  • All photos saved to the system memory
  • Changes made to the System Settings
  • Software saved to the system (see first note below) and its save data*
  • Data saved to the microSD card** such as Downloadable software* and its save data, add-on content*, extra data, save data backups
  • The link to a Nintendo Network ID***

*Software can be redownloaded from Nintendo eShop at no extra cost. Please note that there are certain cases where software may be temporarily or permanently withdrawn from Nintendo eShop. Should this happen, you will no longer be able to redownload that software. If your system is linked to a Nintendo Network ID, you will need to use this same ID to redownload software. See the Nintendo Network ID Settings section of the Operations Manual for details.

**If a microSD card that contains software or save data is not inserted when the formatting occurs, the data on that microSD card will not be deleted but it will become unusable.

***Formatting your system will not delete your Nintendo Network ID. You will be able to link the same ID to your system again by selecting LINK AN EXISTING ID in Nintendo Network ID Settings.

When disposing of or giving away your system...

When you format the system memory, photos and recordings on the microSD card and your Nintendo eShop account activity and funds will not be deleted. When giving your system to another person permanently, please use a computer to delete data on the microSD card and, if your system is not linked to a Nintendo Network ID, ensure you delete your account activity in Nintendo eShop before formatting your system.

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