Basically I'm planning on buying the new 3ds and I'm planning on transferring all the games from my older 3ds XL to it. But before I do that if I were to get on my new 3ds without setting a NNID and I buy a game on the eshop without a NNID then transfer my old 3ds data to the new one would I lose access to the game I bought without a NNID on the new one?

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    Purchases are bound to the console, not the account. The 3DS didn't have NNID support originally but things may have changed in the meantime. – Nolonar Mar 12 '15 at 19:24
  • Do the transfer first, then buy anything you want. – George T Apr 29 '15 at 10:37

If you use system transfer, you shouldn't lose anything, because it transfers all data (except some technical stuff) to the new system including eShop data, and anything on the new system will be lost.

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  • Indeed. Don't buy anything on your new 3DS without transfering data from the older system first. – Coded Monkey Aug 4 '15 at 10:27

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