Backwards compatible

If you already own a system in the Nintendo DS series, Nintendo 3DS invites you to a world of new experiences but doesn't ask you to forget about your existing favourites.

Play your favourite Nintendo DS games

Almost all existing Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games can be played on a Nintendo 3DS system in 2D. With backwards compatibility, your existing portable games look and play just as well as before.

Note: Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games will be displayed in 2D graphics. Select Nintendo DS games that use accessories in the Game Boy Advance slot of the Nintendo DS system are not compatible with the Nintendo 3DS system.

Transfer Nintendo DSiWare

If you downloaded Nintendo DSiWare games and applications to your Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system you can transfer nearly all of these to your Nintendo 3DS system after downloading a system update to your Nintendo 3DS system and downloading the NINTENDO 3DS TRANSFER TOOL to your Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system. Visit our Support section to find out more details about the transfer of Nintendo DSiWare to Nintendo 3DS.

Note: An Internet connection is required and the original Nintendo DSi Shop account needs to be intact. You need access to both the original Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system as well as the new Nintendo 3DS system in order to make the transfer.