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Downloading New Nintendo 3DS software updates

Please ensure you have installed the most recent system update before downloading software updates. For more information on system updates, please visit our system updates section.

To perform a software update for a New Nintendo 3DS title, connect your New Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet and start the game. A notification will appear, from which you can download the software update straight away, or check the content of the update in Nintendo eShop before downloading it.

You can also download a game update by scanning one of the QR Code patterns displayed along with information about specific game updates.

How to Scan a QR Code

  1. From the HOME Menu, hold down the L and R Buttons to start the camera application.
  2. Touch the icon on the left side of the lower screen.
  3. Using the camera, scan the appropriate QR Code to open Nintendo eShop in order to download the update data.

QR Code is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.


You will be able to continue using your saved game data.

The update data will be saved on the microSD card inserted in your New Nintendo 3DS system. If there is insufficient free space on the microSD card, the update will not be applied successfully. You can check how much free space there is on your microSD card by opening System Settings from the HOME Menu and selecting Data Management.

Please take care not to delete the update data, which can be viewed by opening System Settings → Data Management → Nintendo 3DS → Add-on Content.

If you didn’t accept the terms of the Nintendo 3DS Service User Agreement and Privacy Policy when you performed the initial setup of your New Nintendo 3DS system, you will not be able to connect to the Internet and download the update data. Please view the Nintendo 3DS Service User Agreement and Privacy Policy by selecting System Settings → Internet Settings → Other Information → User Agreement.