The Nintendo 3DS is a portable gaming console released by Nintendo in 2011.

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Can I play Zelda Ocarina of time for the 3DS on public transport?

I have a 3ds and I'm quite interested in getting Zelda for it. However most of my gaming time at the moment is on my commute to and from work. I have read that the targeting in Zelda uses the ...
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Stuck halfway through Sonic Generations, have all available levels completed

I am up to, and have completed, Radical highway. I have at least a D on all courses, with many being completed with an S or A rank. I don't know where I can go from here. I cannot advance any ...
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Do I keep pre-installed games when transferring from one 3DS to another?

I have a Nintendo 3DS with lots of games and stuff on, and recently bought the Limited Edition 3DS XL which has Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed. If I transfer all my stuff from the 3DS to the ...
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Is meeting people on the street the only way to make friends?

I want to meet more people/have more Miis in my 3DS Mii plaza. Is there another way (other than StreetPass) to meet new Miis? While StreetPass is fine, I don't meet people very often. I know the ...
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How to get my previously owned 3DS games WITHOUT the original system

So basically, I think I've really dun goofed here. After much debate, I finally decided to exchange my old 3DS with the 3DS XL and in my excitement, I didn't actually read up on the fact that if you ...
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3DS street pass: How long do we have to be in range?

How long do 2 3DSs have to be "in range" to download each other's information? I was wondering this as I was driving in a car; will driving through the range of a 3DS for about 10 seconds be enough ...
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Can I play DS games from any region on the 3DS?

I have a North American 3DS, and I really, really want to get a copy of the DS game Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. However, the only way to get it in North America is to import a European ...
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What do you do with Play Coins?

I noticed that I get Play Coins when I walk around with my 3DS on. What are they good for? I know that Nintendo mentioned you would be able to possibly use them in games to unlock things - are there ...
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Will DS games played on a 3DS have any 3D effects?

A friend told me that if I purchased a recent copy of Mario Kart DS it would have 3D effects added if I played it on a 3DS. I have an older version which doesn't work, but my friend informed that it ...
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Where is the microphone located?

I know the 3DS has a built in microphone somewhere, because I need to blow into it as part of a Cooking Mama 4 minigame. However. I have no idea where it is, so I just generally blow at the bottom ...
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What day is Nintendo's eShop updated on?

I've been looking around and can't seem to find any solid confirmation on what day new titles are added to the eShop. I know within the next 7 days or so I'll find out, but I thought this might also ...
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Are polypropylene pages safe to store DS and 3DS games?

I read, once upon a time, that plastic pages can create static that destroys the information stored on game cartridges. I am trying to find a storage solution for my games, and the binder I found ...
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How can I watch 3DS Nintendo Video from another country?

I have an American 3DS, but I now live in Germany. The stupid media-licensing pillowfights are ruining my day, again. I just found out a bunch of great content is coming to Nintendo Video, and as ...
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How do I create folders?

I just got the new 3DS firmware update, and I know that it gives me the ability to create folders on my home screen (according to various blogs). However, I can't figure out how to make the folders. ...
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Is the Nintendo 3DS region-locked?

I am thinking of buying a 3DS when the price drop comes into place in America, however I live in Australia. Will Australian 3DS games work on a North American 3DS?
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Can a 3DS receive DS Download Play games from DS cartridges?

Can the 3DS receive and play games from the regular DS (DS, DSi, DS Lite, DSi XL)? For example, Tetris from Tetris DS or Mario vs Luigi from New Super Mario Bros. Or will I lose the ability to play ...
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How do I wear hats?

In Find Mii on the 3DS, you can win various hats that you can apparently put on your Mii. I tried going to the Mii Maker to see if that was where I could use the hats but I didn't see an option ...
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Is it possible to make more than one Pokémon save file?

Is there a way to get a second save file in the game Pokemon Y? I got the game for Christmas and want to share the game with my brother, but I can't without deleting my save file because there is only ...
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How big is a 3DS storage 'block'?

Storage on the 3DS' SD card is calculated in the 3DS eShop using strange units called 'blocks'. While these may have been an attempt to simplify things for the average user, it also makes it much ...
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Can I use any SD card?

The 3DS comes with a 2GB SD card in it. Is it possible to use any SD card in that slot? I am tempted to buy a bigger SD card for it eventually (because I like getting games from the e-shop, and that's ...
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If I connect with others via StreetPass and then I edit my Mii's appearance, will they see the change?

I didn't pay much attention when I was creating my Mii, and never cared too much about it or considered it important. Yesterday I met someone via StreetPass for the first time. Everything went ...
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What are Special Miis?

I was looking at the list of StreetPass accomplishments and noticed there are a few accomplishments that require you to StreetPass with Special Miis. What are Special Miis? What makes them special? ...
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Is there a way to get DS games to use the full top screen on a 3DS?

I noticed that when I play DS games on my 3DS, the games don't fill the entirety of the top screen on the 3DS - there are black bars on either side of the image. Is there a way to get the game to ...
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How do I change my personal Mii on the 3DS?

I imported my old Mii into the 3DS from my Wii. Now, I'd like to replace the "personal Mii" that I set up on the 3DS with the one from the Wii. Is there any way to do it, without editing the existing ...
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Can I transfer Pokemon X/Y save files between cartridges/digital copies?

Specifically, I want to know if the following situations are possible. Can I have played pokemon X on a cartridge, make a save file and play the game to completion, then download a DIGITAL copy of ...
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Why does my 3DS Activity Log claim I've spent less time playing a game than the game itself?

I've noticed an interesting property of the 3DS Activity Log: it seems to track less time played than the internal play clock for most titles I've tried on the system. Take a DS game I recently ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying games in Nintendo eShop vs physical cartridges?

Certain Nintendo 3DS titles (e.g. Animal Crossing) are available as both physical copies and in the Nintendo eShop. What are the advantages and disadvantages to buying from each?
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Transferring Apps/Games from one 3DS to another

Here is my situation: I recently got a 3DS which has games/apps from the e-Shop. This new 3DS seems to be having some issues so I am planning on returning it for a new one but I want to keep the ...
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What is the Exchange Booth?

The Streetpass Plaza recently updated to include some new games and in the process, it has added a new icon called "Exchange Booth". When I try clicking on it, it doesn't do anything and there's ...
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How do I link my games in the 3DS releases of the Oracles games?

Originally, linking the games required passwords for the most part, but you could also link using a Game Link cable to connect the games (provided you had two GameBoys to use). Do the Virtual Console ...
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What exactly happens when you change your 3DS region?

In the 3DS' System settings app, you can try to change your region settings (Country and State/Region). If you attempt to do this, though, a warning is displayed which basically says anything related ...
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How Do I activate StreetPass on 3DS Sound?

I don't know how to activate Streetpass on 3DS sound. How do I transfer a song from my computer to the SD card?
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Can I remove the game listing without removing the game?

I want to remove some of the games that appear on my Home screen - the ones I don't play very often, like Face Raiders, for example. I don't want to take them out of the system completely, because ...
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Can I transfer individual 3DS eShop games?

I have an American 3DS, but am now living in Germany. I can order American games by mail, but it would be much easier to buy games in the eShop, in cases where physical and digital versions are both ...
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What unlocks “Hire Old Allies” in Find Mii?

I can now "Hire Old Allies" for Play Coins in the original version of Find Mii. I thought this was new functionality that appeared with the most recent update, but other people have the update and ...
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Where can I find a list of all 3DS titles available in the 3DS eShop?

I am planning to get a 3DS, and wanted to know what sort of games are up on the 3DS eShop. I tried checking the Nintendo website, but it only shows a list of "featured" titles, not the entire shop ...
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How to scan QR codes with a Nintendo 3DS?

Okay, I really think I'm slightly insane. I looked for guides like this one, but I just can't find that on my 2DS camera software. As I can't find such a guide for the Nintendo 2DS, I think that it ...
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Why does direct sunlight disable the 3D?

My understanding of the 3DS's auto stereoscopic display is that it uses blockers to hide half the screen from each eye. However, I've noticed that when direct sunlight is on the screen, the effect ...
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Is it possible to merge a mii created on a wii with one created on a 3DS?

I have created a new Mii on my 3DS (not imported from a Wii) and set it up as my Mii-verse Mii. I was planning to copy my Wii profile to a Wii U in the future, is it possible to merge my Mii from my ...
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What is on the preinstalled SD card?

I bought a plain (non-special-edition) Nintendo 3DS XL, turned it on, and followed the initial setup instructions. Once it was all set up, I removed the preinstalled SD card and inserted a fresh 32GB ...
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Can I delete the Health and Safety Information app?

On my Nintendo 3DS, I am getting real annoyed when I try to press a game right next to it but accidentally press the Health and Safety Information icon. Is there any way to delete it permanently off ...
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When is information transmitted in a Streetpass?

When is the information passed during a streetpass? Two hypothetical people pass each other on the street, and 'streetpass' each other. At the moment their 3ds's link up, is the information then ...
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Can I use iPhone adapter to charge Nintendo 3DS?

My Nintendo 3DS does not come with a cable like this, but I'm wondering if I can buy it and plug it to my iPhone/iPad adapter. Is it safe to do so? (If someone can point me to the right Nintendo KB ...
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Can someone clarify how Spot Pass on the 3DS works?

I'm a little confused by how Spotpass works- this is in specific reference to how the Puzzle Swap pieces are now available through Spotpass, not just Streetpass. So they will show up if you touch ...
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How do you tell the region of a 3DS game from its case?

How do you tell the region (America, Europe, Japan) of a Nintendo 3DS game from its case? A Wii game usually has "PAL" on front side if it's an European release, but how does a 3DS game indicate its ...
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Can I transfer 3DS stuff from one SD card to another?

I have a 3ds with the stock 2gb SD in it. I want to download full retail titles, but not many are going to fit on that card before it gets filled up. My plan is to eventually get a bigger SD card, ...
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What Kind of Miis can I use to defeat the mummy ghost in Find Mii 2?

I am currently on Find Mii 2. There is a part where there are 2 enemies: an armored ghost and a mummy ghost. There is one problem: any person I streetpass gets caught off guard and flees! Is there a ...
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How do I transfer my StreetPass data from one 3DS system to another?

I just got a 3DS XL system and I want to move my 3DS profile to the new handheld. Will the System Transfer also transfer my StreetPass progress? I've finished several panels and received several Find ...
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If You Press No For Getting New Mii's, How do you get it back?

When I first got SpotPass on the Mii Plaza, it asked if you wanted to get new Miis using the Internet. I accidently pressed no, and now my plaza isn't filling up good. How can I get more miis into ...
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What will happen to my 3DS when I move to a different region?

Recently I bought a 3DS in America, but soon I'm moving to Australia. I've heard that the device is region locked, so I know that if I buy any games in Australia, they won't work on my 3DS. I want ...