Literally what the title says. I got a new 3ds today and I decided to get a game that would normally be unobtainable for me because the game I wanted on the eshop was rated M because of Nintendo Id regulations on my old 3ds. But now I want to transfer my data to my new 3ds, which I haven't linked to a Nintendo id, so will the game I downloaded on the new 3ds be deleted or unable to be redownloaded afterwards? Again, my new 3ds isn't Nintendo Id liked but the old one is.

  • You're going to need to ask Nintendo Support about this. Any answer you get here unless it came from a first hand attempt would literally be speculation.
    – Bryan C.
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 20:11

1 Answer 1


So... here are some long and shorts to your question.

1) You can chose to not delete some data on the receiving (new in your case) 3DS but only the data on your SD card. See here:

Target System

Tap "Delete" to confirm deletion of all Nintendo 3DS data on the target system's SD Card. Tap the blue "Delete" button to begin the transfer.

If "Do Not Delete" is selected, the Target system will request to perform the transfer without deleting the Nintendo 3DS data on the SD Card. Tap "Yes" to begin the transfer.

No matter which option is selected, you will need to redownload any preinstalled titles on the target system once the transfer has been completed.

When the transfer is complete, tap "OK" to restart the system.

2) Any titles on your system with your Nintendo ID (the old system in your case) can be redownloaded if they're deleted, so long as you don't delete said Nintendo ID. See here:

If you deleted the eShop account of whatever user bought the games, then as far as I know access to the games goes as well. For example, if you have User1 and User2 Nintendo Network IDs on the system, purchase a game under User2, then delete User2's account, you may lose access to all the games User2 purchased. Aside from you deleting the account somehow or someone with access to your system deleting it, I don't know how you could lose access to the games.

3) You can't transfer from old to new if the new system has an NNN associated with it. See here and also in the first link I provided:

You cannot perform a system transfer if the target system has a Nintendo Network ID linked. You must format the target system to remove the Nintendo Network ID link prior to transferring content.

4) Any programs installed on a system without a Nintendo ID will be retained when a Nintendo ID is added. See here:

What is retained:

All game licenses purchased prior to linking a Nintendo Network ID.

Funds added prior to linking a Nintendo Network ID. (See "What is NOT retained" for restrictions.)

Additionally, if a Nintendo Network ID is linked to both a Wii U and a Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo eShop balance is consolidated and shared between them.

All free software demos downloaded prior to linking a Nintendo Network ID.

Putting all of this together, it is reasonable to say that:

  • As long as you put the game onto your SD card, it will not be deleted if you follow directions during the transfer.
  • Because the new system is not associated with a Nintendo ID, you can transfer everything from your old 3DS to your new one without any problems.
  • You can transfer over your Nintendo ID to the new system and, as long as you don't reformat the SD card, you'll still have the game.
  • Some games encounter problems. Animal Crossing New Leaf deleted my save when the transfer made it believe I'd tried to duplicate it.
    – Jason_c_o
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 11:02
  • @Jason_c_o That sounds more like a fluke. A system transfer goes over smoothly as long as you follow the directions, so you may have encountered a glitch.
    – Whelt
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 14:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .