I got a 3DS XL for Christmas. However, the only things on the eShop in Costa Rica are updates! I can't change my NNID region, and the eShop refuses to load when the NNID region and 3DS profile region don't match. How do I change the region without deleting my NNID?

  • I have rolled back your edits because they added nothing useful to the question. Jan 9, 2018 at 9:29

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You don't have to delete your current one, but you do have to create a new one. According to nintendo support, "Nintendo 3DS family systems can only support one Nintendo Network ID at a time. However, you can format the system to deactivate the current NNID and create a new one. (The existing account and purchases will not be deleted, and can still be re-linked to the same system in the future.)"

Also, it is necessary for the system and NNID country to be the same. Other useful information can be found here.

  • +1 The key point is having the NNID setup in the right region.
    – Nelson
    Dec 29, 2017 at 7:21
  • I don't want to reformat my 3DS yet again [I did that once due to my uncle leaving behind a lot of junk when he gave it to me, and I'm not doing it again], so looks like my current NNID is gonna have to go bye-bye. I'll have to ask my uncle how they get all the eShop's cool stuff while I don't before going ahead and deleting my NNID, though. Dec 30, 2017 at 3:01
  • ...and it's official; my NNID is now gone. I decided to recreate it under the Ontario, Canada region. Now how do I lock this question?? Jan 4, 2018 at 21:53

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