The recommended transfer method involves moving your current microSD card from one system to another.

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Certain data will be transferred via the internet:

  • Nintendo eShop account
  • NNID
  • Friend list

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Certain data will be transferred by moving your microSD card to the target system:

  • Download software
  • Download software save data
  • Update data
  • Add-on content

Before you start, you will need the following:

  • Your current Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL/Nintendo 2DS (the 'source' system) and your New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XL/New Nintendo 2DS XL (the 'target' system)
  • A wireless broadband internet connection
  • Two Nintendo 3DS AC adapters are also recommended. The battery in each system must be sufficiently charged or plugged in with the AC adapter, to ensure that the systems do not run out of power during the transfer
  • You may need to perform a system update. Find out how to carry out system updates here.

Please note: do not register your Nintendo Network ID (NNID) on your target system prior to the system transfer. Your NNID will be automatically transferred along with your data. Registering your NNID on the target system beforehand will make data transfer impossible.

If you have data such as photos and recordings in the target system and wish to keep them after the transfer, please copy these to a microSD card first.

Transfer Procedure

  1. On both the source and target systems select 'System Settings' from the HOME Menu.
  2. Select 'Other Settings'
  3. Select 'System Transfer'
  4. Then select 'Transfer from a Nintendo 3DS system' and follow the instructions on-screen.
  5. When asked 'Are you using an SD card or miniSD card with your system?' Select 'No'.
  6. The transfer will begin. Please wait until the data has been transferred.
    • Please note: data on the SD card will not be moved.
    • Please note: do not turn off the power during the transfer.
  7. Remove the microSD card from the source system and insert it into your New Nintendo 3DS system.
    • Please note: to remove the SD card or microSD card from your system, please gently push the card inwards once to

For New Nintendo 3DS/New Nintendo 3DS XL owners:

Watch our helpful tutorial video below to find out how to change the microSD card of your New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL system.


Once you have moved your microSD card, the transfer is complete.