So, I'm excitedly waiting for the reboot of Majora's Mask on the 3DS in February, and am thinking I might get a New 3DS. Not necessarily the shiny Majora's Mask one, but my current one is definitely showing signs of me having owned Smash Brothers :\

One concern though - I have several games downloaded and stored on my 3DS which I'd want to carry over. I'm not really worried about the save files (though the many many hours I've sunk into Smash Bros would be a kick in the nuts to lose), but I don't want to have to rebuy them all again.

Anyone know of a way to move games across? Preferably a legit method, but I'm not adverse to going below board!

  • Nintendo will be providing steps on how to transfer the data from a 3DS to a New 3DS in the coming weeks leading up to the release.
    – Frank
    Jan 14, 2015 at 16:12
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    This was closed due to unreleased content, but the New 3DS / New 3DS XL has been out in Japan since October and Australia since November.
    – Powerlord
    Jan 14, 2015 at 16:14
  • All very useful guys, greatly appreciated! Now just to while away the hours until Majora's Mask hits us fires up Smash Bros Thanks!!
    – Kakageeko
    Jan 15, 2015 at 18:05

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You will use the 3DS System Transfer from the System Settings -> Other Settings menu (sub selection/page 4).

The menu options should be the same on the New 3DS even if they're shuffled around.

The process will transfer everything over from the old 3DS to the new New 3DS except for anything that was a part of a pre-installed bundle (eg, if you bought a 3DS with Mario World pre-installed, that will not transfer over).

When the process is done, the old 3DS will be reset to it's original state as when you originally bought it. Note, that most DSi Ware save game data and some DLC (no list on hand but it can be re-downloaded) may not transfer in this process.

You will loose DSi Ware save game data and will have to replay those games to unlock stages etc. (some examples of this are Mario vs. Donkey Kong Minis March Again and Aura-Aura Climber).

I just recently did some 3DS system transfers of DSi -> 3DS and 3DS -> 3DS recently and talked to a Nintendo support rep to confirm some steps in the process and also talked about future New 3DS migration and I was confirmed that once the hardware is out in the region they will update the relevant support pages with any changes, so check there first before you do anything and when in doubt, call their support line.

NOTE: Relevant info from the Nintendo Support site. 1) do not setup your NNID on the new system before the transfer process. 2) If the SD card you have on your old system is a standard SD card that is greater than 4GB, you will need to buy a Micro SD card (with an SD card adapter) and using a PC, copy the contents of that SD card to the Micro SD card.


I don't have enough rep to comment, but I wanted to add that I thought I had lost game progress, Street Pass data, and downloaded games after I did a system transfer (3DS XL to 3DS XL), but after replacing the new SD card with the one from my old device, everything showed back up. I was extremely relieved to know that I hadn't lost all my Mii Plaza progress!


NOTE I do not own a 3DS, so if I'm incorrect then I am sorry

I believe there is a free app on the shop that allows you to convert your data from DSI to 3DS or 3DS to 3DS

I know there is an app for the Wii/Wii U to do this

  • This does not answer the question, "3DS to 3DS." Jan 15, 2015 at 21:55
  • I simply stated that I believe there is an app on the 3DS eShop that allows you to transfer your data to a new device, how does this not answer the question?
    – ZomoXYZ
    Jan 15, 2015 at 21:57
  • Because there isn't an app. It's a menu item in the System Utilities that comes straight out of the system. The only system with a transfer app is the DSi, so your answer could be confusing for someone.
    – Bryan C.
    Jan 16, 2015 at 1:25

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