After finding out that the amiibo update had to be brought at the e-shop it was sad I have no idea how it works and I can't even ask for permisson to use the e-shop becouse I already know it would be a NO

So I only have these options 1. Delete my whole save on animal crossing new leaf (start from scratch)(the game is mine btw) Or 2. Buy a new game card/cartridge and still have my old town on the other (this option is least likely to happen)

But first I need to know if it's worth it so if I delete my whole save file or buy a new game card/cartridge will I still have to buy the amiibo update? (I don't have any friends registered)

And if it matters I never deleted my save on animal crossing (but I know how) and I started my town on the Christmas on the year the game came out

  • I'm a bit confused. Are you asking if purchasing a new cartridge will contain the amiibo update for free? Do you think erasing your whole game file will make the update appear for free? Why is buying a new cartridge a more likely option than buying the update in the e-shop? ("least likely" vs "I already know it will be NO") – Steve-O Aug 20 '17 at 12:30

The only way to get the amiibo update is to either create a Nintendo Network ID to be able to download it for free on the Nintendo eShop, or, buy a retail copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo. Deleting your save and starting over isn't going to do anything.

Seeing as how the update is free, if you kindly ask your parent/guardian to allow you to make a NNID and download it they hopefully should say yes. If that's not possible, you can always create a NNID with a fake email and just disable the account after you've downloaded the update. Note that you do need internet access.

Hopefully this helps!


No. You should never restart your game because you'll lose everything, but if you do, the game cardrage will forever be updated. Sadly if you buy a new game, it might not be updated, so ask the person your buying from to give you the 2017 model.

  • An update through the app store isn't tied to the cartridge; it's tied to the Nintendo ID. – Frank Dec 9 '17 at 14:33

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