Nintendo Makes Sharing Animal Crossing 3DS Screens On Twitter And Tumblr Easier

By Sato . April 19, 2013 . 2:20pm

Nintendo is now offering an easy way to share Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection: New Life screenshots from the Nintendo 3DS via social network services like Twitter and Tumblr in Japan. This is done using something called the Nintendo 3DS Screenshot Tool.


The Nintendo 3DS Screenshot Tool isn’t really a separate app of its own. It’s actually a web service located at, and can only be accessed via the Nintendo 3DS browser. Here’s how it works:



You begin by tapping the Internet icon on the 3DS Home menu. This opens up the 3DS browser, from which you can navigate to the website. Once there, you’ll be given the option to log into Twitter or Tumblr. After you log in, you’ll be able to select an image from the Nintendo 3DS Camera App—which is where all 3DS images are accessed—and add comments and hashtags to it. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to post it directly to your Twitter or Tumblr account.


Nintendo’s new website isn’t the only way to share 3DS screenshots via Twitter. You can also do it by accessing Twitpic or other sites from the 3DS browser, but Nintendo’s new solution is certainly the most simple and quickest… provided you use it with Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection. Thus far, those are the only two games supported for some odd reason, despite the fact that there are other 3DS games that let you take in-game screenshots as well.


So far, this service is only available in Japan, but we wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see Nintendo release it in other regions as well in the near future, considering that they mention the #AnimalCrossing English hashtag on its website.


Update: We tried to test this feature using a Japan region 3DS and a screenshot from Style Savvy: Trendsetters. The service doesn’t work this way and appears to be limited to the two games, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection: New Life thus far.

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  • I wish the 3DS could just take screen shots anytime you wanted.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      That would actually be a fantastic feature for a handheld. Make just press a combination of two or three buttons to enable a screenshot that automatically saves to the picture folder on the SD card.

      • benhofb

        The Vita allows it with the “PS+Start” button combo. I just wish the 3DS has that sort of feature too. Like L+Home or something.

        • Ferofax

          I’m surprised Nintendo hasn’t thought of adding it through the Game Notes feature. You can already freeze games and view both screens for the suspended game there, all that’s left is a feature that lets you “extract/export” those screenies to the SD card.

          • I’m kind of hoping that MiiVerse on 3DS will be a 3DS version, and not just an app that links to the Wii U version, so that we can at least take screen shots Via 3DSMiiVerse.

            Did that make sense?

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    Doesn’t work with Style Savvy? ;3;

    • puchinri

      Same feels. Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll add it though~. ;u;

  • ShadowDivz

    Why does everything have to connect to facebook,twitter or tumblr?
    Why do people feel the need to share EVERYTHUING they do?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      At least this game has always had social links, long before we knew what a social game was. It fits far more with the program than some robo generated random tweet informing the world how many hours you spent playing games this week.

      • ShadowDivz

        Okay then, for a social game like A.C that’s fine, but you get where im coming from though right?

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Yup! I really don’t need to know or give a rat’s bottom how many hours someone on my friend list played their Call of Doody. With all the ways FB and twitter feeds can be compromised, I really don’t want to run the risk of some hacker using them to get access to me, either.

    • hawk222

      I’d just use them to share funny photos, for the most part. If it doesn’t make someone laugh, then I have no business sharing it with the rest of the world! …I might also send pictures to my friends, assuming they’d asked me to. You know, for things like help on certain parts of a game.

  • puchinri

    That’s unfortunate for games like Style Savvy, which would be perfect for that feature. Maybe they’ll add it though if it gets enough use with TC and AC.

  • D. Changstein

    I wish this feature was in Fire Emblem. Why would they let us pause and zoom in on the action if we can’t take pics?

  • Ferofax

    This means AC:NL and Tomodachi Collection have in-game screenshot features and can export to the SD card… a feature sorely missed on other games.

    …but then, there’s Game Notes, which can freeze any game at any point, and lets you view both screens. It’s only a matter of extracting those screenies and saving it to the SD card that’s missing.

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