I lost a 3DS last year, and last week my SD card decided to turn half of itself into bad sectors.

I finally got around to using the built-in Data Management option and have a backup on my PC, but I read that the backup only works on this physical system.

How do I perform a real backup of my saved games? My New 3DS XL is stock and unmodified.

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I found the answer on Nintendo's support website where they say that you need system menu version 6.0.0-0U or higher to backup your save-data. You can follow the instructions here. Once the data is backed up, you can use the SD card to move the backup data to a PC or something.

  • I mentioned that already. I have already done that as per my second paragraph, but this backup is system specific. If I break/lose my current system, the backup doesn't work on another.
    – Nelson
    Apr 22, 2018 at 16:16

AFAIK there is no way to backup saved games on a 3DS without modding one. I know a negative answer is not that helpful, but it is what it is.

If you have access to a second 3DS, you can do a system transfer from your device to that one (this should include your saved games), make a backup of the SD card of that second system, then transfer back. In case your 3DS breaks down, it should be possible to redo the transfer by contacting Nintendo customer support, then restore your games from the backup on that second system. Considering that you're limited to 1 system transfer per week, and the fact that you need a second device (which will be wiped) to do it, I doubt this is a useful approach unless you own two devices.

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