Nintendo eShop

If it’s downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS family systems that you’re after, then Nintendo eShop is the place to go! Packed full of downloadable versions of your favourite Nintendo 3DS games and titles that you can only get from Nintendo eShop, it’ll change your perspective on digital software forever. Here’s a look at the kinds of games you can download from Nintendo eShop:

It is possible to purchase download versions of games from Nintendo eShop on the official Nintendo website. You'll recognise if a game is available for purchase if a price and corresponding button appear on the related gamepage.

To be able to purchase download games from Nintendo eShop on the official website, you'll need to have a Nintendo Account which is linked to a Nintendo Network ID, and you'll need to have visited Nintendo eShop on the device you wish to download on at least once. To find out more, visit our Support section.

Downloadable Versions of Nintendo 3DS Games

Want to carry your favourite Nintendo 3DS titles with you at all times, but don’t have enough pockets for the Game Cards? A downloadable version from Nintendo eShop is the answer! Downloadable versions contain exactly the same content as the Game Cards you can buy in shops, except they’re stored on the SD card of your Nintendo 3DS system. That means you can play them whenever you like, wherever you like just by selecting them from the HOME Menu… no Game Card required!

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Nintendo 3DS Download Software

Unlike downloadable versions of Nintendo 3DS games, Nintendo 3DS download software covers a huge array of unique downloadable titles that are only available from Nintendo eShop! Whatever your taste in games, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love and once you’ve downloaded it to your Nintendo 3DS system, you can take it with you wherever you go!

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Virtual Console

Discover or rediscover old favourites from past consoles like Game Boy and Game Boy Color, as well as classics from the NES and SEGA Game Gear.

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Nintendo DSiWare

Exciting games and applications from Nintendo and independent developers that download to your system in seconds.

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3D Classics

Technically part of Nintendo 3DS download software, the 3D Classics range takes gems of yesteryear and gives them a fresh 3D* makeover!

Explore Nintendo eShop

Nintendo eShop offers you access to much more than games though. Check out the latest trailers and game videos in 2D and 3D*, try your hand at some game demos** and find out what other people think via user reviews and the latest software charts.

How do I connect?

Very easily is the answer! First you need to get your Nintendo 3DS family system connected to the internet and then perform a system update.

Video: Watch our tutorial video

If it’s downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS family systems that you’re after, then Nintendo eShop is the place to go!
Watch our tutorial video or read a step-by-step text guide to see how!

Buying games and content

To buy games, you need to add funds to your Nintendo eShop account. You can do this with a credit card or by using a Nintendo eShop Card, available at many retailers Europe-wide.

You can find all the information you need on Nintendo eShop cards in our Nintendo eShop support section. Note you can restrict the use of credit cards with the Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls feature.


*Please note that visuals will display in 2D on Nintendo 2DS.

**Wireless internet connection required. The registration of Nintendo Network ID and acceptance of the network related terms and privacy policies required.