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Here’s a List of microSD Cards Compatible with New 3DS XL

by Nick M.February 12, 2015

Are you picking up a New Nintendo 3DS XL tomorrow? Most of us at NintendoFuse are! I’m ready to pick up my preordered black New 3DS XL tomorrow morning, but once I get it I have some serious maintenance to do, and that all starts with installing a new microSD card. Most New 3DS XL owners will likely want to do the same, as downloading multiple titles will be difficult with the included 4GB card. So which microSD cards should you use? Let’s look at some suggested ones from Nintendo.

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The New 3DS XL supports microSD cards up to 2GB and microSDHC cards up to 32GB. The older 3DS models supported standard SD cards, so if you are transferring from these models, you will need to purchase a microSD card if you have more than 4GB of data to transfer. On the official support page for the Nintendo 3DS family, there is a list of microSD cards that have been subjected to basic performance tests by Nintendo. Here are those cards:

  • SanDisk Extreme microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQXL-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQXL-032G-A46A
  • SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQX-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQX-032G-A46A
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQXP-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQXP-032G-A46A
  • Toshiba microSDHC
    • 8GB: PFM008U-1DCK

These cards and more can be found in most retail electronics stores (Best Buy, Walmart, Target, etc.), and are available on websites such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. I would most recommend checking Amazon, as they have sales on memory devices frequently, including microSD cards. I purchased a 32GB Sony Class 10 microSDHC R40 Memory Card for $12.99 on Amazon, a much better deal than any microSD card I would find in a retail store. While this card isn’t on the official list, I expect it to work with the New 3DS XL, and we will keep you updated on our Twitter and Facebook pages on which microSD cards we have successfully installed on our systems.

It’s recommended that you format any microSD card before using it with the New 3DS XL system to optimize its performance. Here is a link to a formatter provided by the SD Association. If you have any data on a microSD card that you want to keep, be sure to perform a back-up to a computer or other card before formatting, as this data cannot be recovered after formatting.

Keep checking NintendoFuse for more tips on the New Nintendo 3DS XL. We have a guide to transferring from your old 3DS to the New 3DS XL, which you can read here, which includes instructions on how to install a microSD card in the system. If you have any questions relating to the New 3DS XL, leave a comment below or reach out to us on our social media pages, and we’ll do our best to help resolve your issue.

Source: Nintendo.com Support

About The Author
Nick M.
Nick developed an eye for video games as a child of five, not understanding how to play Super Mario 64 but enjoying it regardless. Had it not been for his mother not understanding what a PlayStation 2 was, he would have never received his GameCube later in life, cementing his status as a Nintendo die-hard. Nick spends most of his free time playing video games and loves to write about them, especially for NintendoFuse, where he has been writing news and reviews since January 2015. Some of his all-time favorite games include Star Fox 64, Red Dead Redemption and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
1 Comments
  • Rezerlius Carnelius Mazretin
    July 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I have a question and please reply as soon as possible I need to know because I just bought a brand new SanDisk Ultra 32 gig UHS-I/class 10 Micro SDHC card will it work with North American New Nintendo 3DS XL? Thank you for reading this and for taking your time.

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