My daughter bought her game used and opened a new file named after herself and has been working on her town. The game is new to us and we did not realize the previous owners info and town still exists. Is he the mayor? Is there anyway to delete his file without damaging hers. Will she then be the mayor. Thanks. I am not a gamer and she is just starting so any info would be so appreciated.

  • This problem has been answered previously, but in short. No, there is no easy to way to change mayors. My suggestion would be to wipe the town completely and just start over. Since she is just starting she won't be losing much, and will get to enjoy the game/town from the beginning.
    – Rapitor
    Dec 31, 2019 at 13:50
  • Thanks, she’s only 8 and is now devastated that the only way is to destroy everything she’s got...can she still proceed just as she is - a resident.
    – Darcie
    Dec 31, 2019 at 13:54
  • She will be able to proceed as a villager, sure. but she won't be able to do anything to the town, as all of those features are exclusive to the mayor.
    – Rapitor
    Dec 31, 2019 at 14:08

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You should really check that there is no existing data from another user, when buying a preowned game. Unfortunately, I do not think it is possible to reset the game and keep her progress without a second 3DS system and copy of the game.

If you do have these, then it is possible to transfer non-mayor players to fresh new leaf game cards. I found a YouTube video on how to do this for you.

If you don't have another 3DS and game card, then you will need to deleate all data. This will mean your daughter will have to start fresh, but she should have a bit of experience on how to play. Here is a video on how to do that:

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