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How to do a New Nintendo 3DS System Transfer

How to do a New Nintendo 3DS System Transfer

by Steve CullumFebruary 9, 2015


Are you planning on picking up a New Nintendo 3DS this Friday? Do you have a previous model, too? Nintendo has made it possible to transfer all your data over to your new device from your old one. While it is not as easy as signing into your account on your New 3DS, it is not as difficult as it may seem at first.

The best and quickest way to complete the transfer uses a computer to help with the SD and microSD cards. We have put together a simple step-by-step list for you. To start with, you are going to need your current 3DS, New 3DS, microSD card, computer, and a small (size #0) Phillips screwdriver.

Step 1: Complete the initial setup on your New 3DS, but do not sign into the Nintendo Network yet.

Step 2: Go to “Other Settings” in your “System Settings” on both systems.

Step 3: Tap “System Transfer” on both systems.

Step 4: Tap “Send this System” on your current 3DS and “Receive from Nintendo 3DS” on your New 3DS.

Step 5: Follow the on-screen prompts.

Step 6: Tap “Delete” to erase the microSD card on your New 3DS.

Step 7: Tap “No” on the New 3DS to confirm you have not used another microSD cards on it.

Step 8: Tap “Yes” to confirm you have an SD card in your current 3DS.

Step 9: Tap “PC-Based Transfer” to use a computer to transfer your data.

Step 10: Tap “Move” on your current 3DS to start the transfer.

Step 11: Allow your New 3DS to restart.

Step 12: Power off both systems and remove the SD card and microSD card. (You will need a small screwdriver to remove the back panel on your New 3DS XL.)

Step 13: Connect your SD card to your computer, and copy all the files to your computer.

Step 14: Connect your microSD card to your computer, and copy all the files from your SD card onto your microSD card.

Step 15: Once the copying is complete, insert your microSD card into your New 3DS and turn on its power.

Step 16: Have fun using your New 3DS!

In order to help, Nintendo of America has put together a nice tutorial video to show exactly what you need to do.


About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.

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