Nintendo Answers Questions About The New Nintendo 3DS

By Sato . August 29, 2014 . 8:23am


After Nintendo announced the latest 3DS models with the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL, fans probably had plenty of questions like “can they still play DS games?” and such. Nintendo have prepared a list of answers for these most frequently asked questions on the systems’ official website.


Here are some of the key questions on the page:


Q: What kind of applications are pre-installed to the device?

A: The below applications will be included from the start.


  • Health & Safety Information
  • Nintendo 3DS Camera
  • Nintendo 3DS Sound
  • Mii Maker
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza
  • Nintendo eShop
  • AR Games
  • Face Raiders
  • Activity Log
  • Nintendo Zone
  • Download Play
  • System Settings


Q: Are there any changes to the applications?

A: The internet browser can now play videos. Media files can now be moved between the device and a computer without removing the microSD card. The Home Menu’s background, icons, folders, music and sound effects can now be changed. (This will also apply to Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL later.)


Q: Why will the Internet Browser’s filter function be effective from the start?

A: In order to prevent children from accessing harmful websites, it will be effective from the start.


Q: Since official Nintendo microSD cards are going to be released, are there any other microSD cards that can be used for New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL?

A: The following microSD cards will be compatible:


  • SanDisk Extreme: 16GB (SDSDQX-016G-J35A)


  • SanDisk Extreme: 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-J35A)


[Nintendo also mentions that the above makers may make changes to their microSD cards in the future, which could result in them becoming inoperable, so please keep that in mind.]


Q: What kind of computer operating systems will work for accessing the microSD card via wireless LAN?

A: The confirmed operating systems are Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.


Q: Will you be able to move specific data from the SD card like software or save data?

A: No, you won’t be able to.


Q: Can you transfer software data from the Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL?

A: Data can be transferred from the Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL to the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL. (However, data from the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL cannot be moved to the 3DS/3DS XL.)


Q: What will you need  in order to transfer data [via PC]?

A: Internet connectivity. (Internet connectivity or a way to locally connect to the device.) You’ll also need enough battery or else it won’t transfer.


Since the SD card doesn’t fit the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL’s microSD slot, you’ll have to use either the wireless connectivity, or manually copy it from a computer.


Q: Is the wireless switch that was on the 3DS/3DS XL no longer available?

A: The physical switch is no longer there, but you can turn the wireless on/off at the Home Menu.


Q: Can the AC adapter for Nintendo 3DS/3DSXL/DSi/DSi XL be used for the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL?

A: Yes, it can.


Q: Is it compatible with the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector?

A: Yes, it is.


Q: Can it play all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games?

A: As far as Nintendo DS/DSi software goes, it won’t be able to play game cartridges that require a specific connection to the cartridge slots, such as the ones that required the GBA cartridge slot on the DS Lite and DS.


Other titles, for example Pokémon Tretta Lab, which requires extra hardware that fit the original 3DS’ shape and size, also won’t be compatible.


Additionally, Nintendo say the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will not include a charger, similar to the Nintendo 3DS XL in Japan and Europe. However, keep in mind the the 3DS XL included chargers in regions such as North America, Australia, and South Korea.


The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL will release on October 11, 2014 in Japan.

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  • Luis Camargo

    One extra question: Is the region lock gone ? Please ?

    • Thatguy

      That is rather silly question. Answer is… of course NO

      • DizzyGear

        I’m holding a very slight bit of hope because they might feel a bit of pressure from the recently announced homebrew hack for the 3DS (In other words noone wants the new 3DS-U because it cant be hacked to be region free). But i fully expect to be dissapointed since its Nintendo we are talking about.

        • Jero

          If the homebrew is released in september then Nintendo will have time to patch their new system before it comes out so you wont be able to use the same exploit to install the homebrew channel.

    • the_rain

      I love everything about nintendo. Except Region lock.

    • James Reilly

      I would be temped to purchase this if no region lock despite the minor upgrades this new device will have. One of the reasons why I like my Vita. Gonna stick with my regular 3ds

    • Namuro

      Why do you think they have the region lock?

  • triablos

    If region lock is gone I will fucking cry tears of joy. Too bad its unlikely..

    Anyway the new 3ds is an instant buy from me regardless, since I’ve had the original for 3 years and I want the extra features esp the 2nd stick

    • Haganeren

      Yeah that was what i was searching.

    • Jero

      Same here, it’s a good thing people who were resilient into buying the XL. I think i’m getting the small new 3ds actually.

      • triablos

        I may get either depending on price and how much trade in value my current regular 3ds will get me.

  • VenerableSage

    …Wouldn’t it have just been easier to answer that last question with “It can play all games that the current 3DS/XL can, with the exception of games that require extra hardware fit to the previous models’ shape/size”?

    Since, you know, the old 3DS couldn’t play those DS games that required the GBA slot either.

  • I wonder if the internet browser can support more sites to browse on than the normal 3ds.

    • Agito

      it will most likely have the same video support as the wii u browser.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething


    • Crunchyroll on 3DS. *thumbs up* I can deal with that.

      • DizzyGear

        Watching Anime at that low resolution seems… uncomfortable to say the least.

        • they did say they upgraded the CPU :V

          besides, I travel quite a bit so this would actually be preferred.

          • DizzyGear

            The screen is still 400×240 pixels.

        • HarakiriKami

          The resolution’s not that important since video runs well on it. And looks good actually

          • Alter

            ^ LOL. Every ARM processor has native MP4 decoder. MP4 videos always run well on all ARM based. Resolution does matter, and OLED too :3

    • HarakiriKami

      HTML5 means sure

  • Daniel Rossevelt

    Like I mentioned on destructie they should choice a different name like “SUPER NINTENDO 3DS!!!!!!!!” or SN3DS!!!!!!!! for short. Or if they really like the New part it could be “SUPER NEW 3DS!!!!!!!!” or SN3DS!!!!!!!! for short.

    • Considering the button colors, Super Nintendo 3ds would’ve been a good choice~

      • Suicunesol

        It’s shaky ground. Super Nintendo 3DS might give the impression that this is a next Generation 3DS, which it’s not supposed to be, is it?

        • Daniel Rossevelt

          Well given that the 3DS can’t play N3DS games I would say it is the next Gen 3DS, plus I can imagine soccer moms buying N3DS games to come home and find that it doesn’t work for there kids 3DS, then they get upset and demand a refund.

        • ronin4life

          The name game is pointless overall I think. This isn’t a big deal, and if this system does poorly The name will have had as much to do with it as if it does well. Which is to say, nothing.

        • Well, they already gave the impression that the 2ds was a step back from current gen so… :V

    • peenoy

      I think we shall call it 3DS 1.5 or 3DSi

    • HarakiriKami

      No. That would be a new system. this isnt.

      New 3DS isnt that difficult in japanese

      • Daniel Rossevelt

        The 3DS won’t be able to play N3DS games, I think that should make the N3DS deserve a better name. While it is not a new system, it defiantly deserves to be recognized apart from the 2/3DS/XL, kinda like how the GB and the GBC were treated separately.

        • HarakiriKami

          make them digital only.

          PRoblem solved

          • pressstart

            And cue the anti digital (or rather, anti digital Nintendo due to their account policies) group.

          • HarakiriKami

            People are still anti digital anyway because of all forms of DRM.

          • Daniel Rossevelt

            That would definitively solve any confusion problems, and is great for people who like to have there games digitally, which has the benefit of being able to play multiple games without switching game cards, but many people still prefer to have physical copies.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Super Nintendo 3DS

      3DS Ultra

      Super 3DS Entertainment System :)

      • Daniel Rossevelt

        Super 3DS Entertainment System… haha Nice they should definitely go with that one, I love it!

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          Yes, they need to bring those words back!

      • Senpai

        Sounds like a street fighter game.

    • dboyz

      they should’ve named it 3DS HD…

      • Daniel Rossevelt

        Not bad, but after hearing @SaiyanJedi_Trunks:disqus idea Super 3DS Entertainment System nothing will sound cooler.

  • BrokenSkullZero

    While it is disappointing that the Resolution hasn’t changed, meaning the power upgrade isnt a real big jump, the new stick and dynamic brightness (felt that a setting between 4 and 5 would have been great for pokemon XY) has me sold.

    Nothing has been said if the CPU increase would actually improve older 3ds games, which has me think it doesn’t.

    And Im using a micro SD in a adapter for my XL, Wouldn’t I be able to just shove it in there?

    • Suicunesol

      Even if the screen resolution was improved, I think game developers would have to patch their games to take advantage of it because most games are programmed to run at a certain resolution at a certain framerate.

      The CPU upgrade gives me hope that I might be able to play some 3DS games at 60fps with 3D on, but that might not happen unless the developers patch it in. :( Personally, I want to play DoA:D and MH at 60 fps with 3D on.

      • epndkempot

        Even if 3D is off, MH is not run at 60 fps. The drop is annoying specially when you are between Narga & Jho in Flooded Forest. I also notice this experience in local co-op with 2 friends.

        • BrokenSkullZero

          Framerate aside, did you have connection issues with local play with your friend?
          That was a big issue with me.

          Plus any discussion about 3D on a 3ds makes me remember that it could do that.

          • epndkempot

            Maybe too late to reply, but yes we certainly have issue. My friend sometimes suddenly disconnected from the party and left the game. He have to restart the game in order to join the online port again.

            I hope Capcom/Nintendo fix this in 4G, I don’t know the issue is in the 3ds or the game itself. Never try local co-op on another game. I mean if the local co-op is this bad, I cannot expect something better from the online multiplayer.

      • BrokenSkullZero

        The psp had 272 resolution with the Vita at 544, and there is a notable improvement visually playing psp games on vita.(that might have to do with screen quality or emulation though)

        bar mentioning older games, I was hoping a increased resolution and a better CPU/RAM combo would benefit more for the New NEW3DS games

        Though, improving the Framerate in Pokemon XY during battle would certainly be nice

        • HarakiriKami

          Having your games upscaled does nothing to improve their graphical quality.

          Playing a game on an HDtv wont make it better

          • BrokenSkullZero

            My mistake, though above poster meant patching games to make use of higher resolutions. Replied trying to state that lower resolution game will run perfectly fine.

            Let me clarify. I do not care about older games, I do know that without fancy post-processing, video of any sort will look worse on resolutions of progressively higer value.

            What I wanted from nintendo is a more powerful handheld. At least capable of displaying crisp 2d art.

            What they gave us is a console that accommodates the platfrom’s most ambitious games and the ability to run more ambitious games. Still boosts my feeling on nintendo’s handheld that can regardless.

            A Falcom game would help. I literally bought a Vita at launch, for the sole reason that Ys Celceta was announced on the platfrom way before a English release was considered.

            I would have gotten a 3DS earlier if Megaman Legends 3 was still a thing, but it took Monster Hunter

      • Mohamad Syauqi

        Dont forget Pokemon too. Hope this spec upgrade will make Pokemon fully 3D. It kinda sucks that I can only turn on 3D on some areas and battles.

    • HarakiriKami

      The games look better though

      • BrokenSkullZero

        I do not doubt that.
        Xenoblade looks impressive on N3DS, but just hearing more powerful 3DS makes me think on par with a vita.

        Rayman Origins skewed me away from the 3ds for a long time. Doesn’t help that im not a big fan of nintendo common franchises.

        • HarakiriKami

          A garbage launch port skewed you away from the system?

          Im not a fan of nintendo’s common franchises either but they still manage to get me to buy their systems lol. I still have a lot to play on them too.

  • peenoy

    3DS 1.5 is the way.

  • Ric Vazquez

    If region lock is not going to be present on this new handheld I will buy it on day 1

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      It’ll have region lock, it’s part of Nintendo’s business~.

      • landlock

        Nintendo the only company moving in reverse.

      • Ric Vazquez


  • Kornelious

    It looks alright, I only have a few gripes with it….

    1) I guess we didn’t even need to ask this time if it was region locked -_-
    2) Just HOW much will these new SD cards cost? (I hope they don’t pull a Sony…)
    3)I think I’ll hold of on trading in my 3DS XL until I hear just how many games are supported by the New 3DS….
    4) The right analog is a nice touch but why is it so….small? I guess it doesn’t half to be too big nut still…..

    Other than that it looks good….I look forward to a release date :)

    • Raymond

      Yea i am also worried about the price of the new SD cards but they did say we can use two other SD cards.

      unless im reading that wrong. XD

      • Dascylus

        I hate that Nintendo pulled a Sony on that one… proprietary SD cards are a bad idea. And I’m more worried they are killing the ability to hack larger sized SD cards, since I use a 64gb and may want to upgrade to 128gb in the future.

        • Nanashrew

          What proprietary SD cards? the Sandisk Extreme is a standard generic SD and MicroSD card. If it’s about the “Nintendo MicroSD Card” portion, the Wii even came with one, “Sandisk for Wii” and it was white.

          I don’t think Extreme will be all it supports. Some have gotten XDHC cards working in the 3DS despite it not being officially supported. I’m sure there will be more and many will be looking into what can be used.

    • NeptuniasBeard

      I doubt they’ll pull a Sony. Nobody’s that dumb. I hope they’re not that dumb…

      • Nintendo isn’t that dumb or greedy.

        • phayroent

          region-lock proves they are that greedy. Don’t be ignorant. This “new” 3DS proves they are that greedy And “not that dumb”? The Wii U is prove that they are dumber.

    • Shinobikens

      The cards are SanDisk. SanDisk shit is pretty cheap

    • James Todd

      those sd cards are dirt cheap so don’t worry

  • Espoir

    I think that this will be the last 3DS update before they finally release a new gen. Maybe in a few years time.

    • SMT

      I could see them going with one extra model, something like a “New 2DS”, for the ability to play the exclusive games on a more affordable hardware that removes the 2D.

      N3DS / XL is basically released at the same time frame of the DSi (But unlike the DSi, people actually want the exclusives, nobody felt forced to “upgrade” to the DSi), and the DSi XL was released a year or two after that.

  • Well, well… I’ll hold off buying a 3DSXL this year and wait for this to make a U.S. release dood :-D Oh yeah… things are looking dood!

    I hope the new 3DS models come out as soon as MH4U makes its debut in 2015. :-D Well till then, I’ll just wait dood!

  • Dascylus

    Another reason for me not to get a New3DS… the SD cards are way too small for my digital library which currently sits at 40 out of 64 gigs. Also it seems I won’t be able to upgrade SD card sizes the way I do for my 3DSXL.

    • HarakiriKami


    • David

      That’s the recommended size & brand. I use a 64 gig micro SD card with adapter with my current 3DS

      • Dascylus

        Well, here’s to hoping the New3DS runs on a FAT32 then lol

  • Go2hell66

    Now that i think about it not really suprised. They’ve been trying for months now to get all the Virtual console titles running on the current hardware and got nowhere. Obviously the power upgrade was necessary not just for vc titles but other software as well. The fact they could use the extra power to develop better 3ds games was probably an afterthought to nintendo

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I really hope this is the last Upgrade till much later. anyway I was going to get a XL but NVM now

  • kylehyde

    The only aspect that sounds odd is about the microSD cards, however I still remember when they said that the maximum storage to use was 32GB, however some dude posted a pic of her/his 3DS was working with a 128GB card, so maybe even that they recomend those microSD models (which currently are only avaliable in Japan and are expensive), maybe it could work with any other microSD card

    • dragoon_slayer12

      You have to tinker with the SD format in order to make it compatible (change it to whatever it is to fat32). On older computers, you need to download a free program (I don’t remember what it’s called). There’s a feature in newer (I think post 2012) that allows you to do it, but since my of is 6 years old, I can’t confirm nor tell you how

    • HarakiriKami

      16gb cards are 8$ on amazon

      • kylehyde

        I was saying mostluy because those recommend models are kind of expensive and that they were talking about release their own microSD cards. However get a high storage card is not expensive.

        • chocodino

          they also recommend certain SD cards for wii/wii u and specific HDD for wii u, it’s more like a formality, giving you a list of products confirmed to 100% work, so if you buy another one and it doesn’t work, they aren’t to blame since it isn’t in the list [but of course a lot of non listed SD,Flash drives, HDD and even SSD work]

    • decus

      It’s pretty much guaranteed to work with most models. But when it doesn’t they have what they’re endorsing/their own models to point to so they don’t have to waste time/money on actual support.

      They already had official cards for Wii, DSi, 3DS, etc. along with endorsed cards. And yeah, you can use any size SD card you want on any Nintendo thing, you just can’t take full advantage of it since it needs to be formatted fat32 as per normal. This lets you use all of the space, it will just be somewhat slower at accessing anything that lands weird on it.

  • I’m satisfied with my XL atm but when they announce special additions such as a Zelda themed new 3ds it’ll be a day one buy.

    • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

      Majora’s Mask New 3DS Special Edition.

      • TalesOfBS

        lol Nintendo, isn’t that stupid.

        • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

          you never know…if they want to sell more of the new handheld.

      • Ali

        My hard earned cash is ready. A purple-themed 3Ds reminiscent of GameCube would be a dream!

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I’m going to wait right now and see. I just got my 3DS XL so if I do invest, at least I have a charger!

    This heavily reminds me of the DSi release. Since both regular and XL/LL versions are coming out at the same time, maybe in 2 or 2-1/2 years we will get a brand new handheld…one compatible with a new console.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I don’t like how they switched from SD to micro SD. I bought a 64gb this past November, and now I have to replace it when this releases…. Why couldn’t they just leave the SD and add the micro for extra storage (either simultaneous use or switch off without removing cards)????

    • Pyrotek85

      That’s why I buy microsd cards and just use an adapter if I need to make it fit a regular sd slot.

    • Destiny13777

      Well at least there cheap and go on sale every now and then, personally I’m fine since I have spares from cellphones and stuff.

  • James Todd

    looks like i might upgrade when this comes out in the us and i’m not worried about micro sd because i’m already using one on my current 3ds.

  • raeldor

    I want to know how we transfer our games across to the new device without losing them on the old device. I’m guessing we can’t. Nintendo need a decent account system like PSN.

    • HarakiriKami

      System transfer is faster than linking a new NNID to the 3DS and redownloading everything

      Rather than connecting to a cloud to log in since they only let you access your device from one system at a time

      • raeldor

        But I didn’t think the NNID was tied to purchases. I thought the purchases were tied to the device rather than the NNID, unlike PSN. So the transfer really is a MOVE and not a copy?

        • Mando44646

          its a move. the NNID allows you to call Nintendo for help if something goes wrong and you lose your content

          • raeldor

            Ah, good to know, ty. So I guess it is tied in reality, but they just don’t allow you to download again. Nice to know that there might be an alternative if my 3DS gets fried or stolen though. :-)

          • chocodino

            they say [not sure] that nintendo will ask for proof before moving your stolen 3ds acount to your new one, so if it happens, then have some sort of proof [like a police report, or something], if it’s fried keep it with you until they move your account.

        • HarakiriKami

          The transfer basically turns your new 3DS into an exact replica of the old one. The old one is now factory reset

          Games are tied to your NNID, so if you get the NNID on your new 3DS you can go on the device and redownload your games. Same on the Wii U. But this is not exactly easy to do since your NNID can only be linked to one device at a time. So it makes more sense to just do the system transfer.

          Nintendo gives you the ability to disassociate your NNID with a device entirely or delete it completely off their servers and your current device. ( So your data is no longer in their systems)

          • raeldor

            Holy $hit, that sounds dangerous! If you delete it off their systems then you lose the record of all your purchases and can’t download them again. That raises a question though… once you’ve associated your 3DS with a NNID, if you then disassociate it, does it remove all the games too? If not, what’s to stop you disassociating then associating another device and downloading all your games again?

          • HarakiriKami

            Removing the NNID preforms a factory reset.

          • shadowind

            But what if you lose your 3DS or have it stolen?

          • HarakiriKami

            Nintendo has to o it remotely

          • shadowind

            Ah, I see. How does that work exactly? (Sorry for all the questions, but I’m not used to the way Nintendo does things compared to Sony)

          • HarakiriKami

            Customer service will do the process remotely

  • subsamuel01

    Pokemon comes out in November, don’t know if I can wait till next year if they release it in North America then.

  • Ugh, I was really hoping they’d officially support microSD capacities larger than 32GB.

    • My theory is Nintendo doesn’t want to license exFAT from Microsoft.

    • Solid Knight #SouledOut

      If the SD Card is over 32gb just format it to Fat 32 and it will work.

  • Fox

    So it won’t play physical NDS or 3DS games?

    • Mando44646

      where are you getting that at?

    • Yes. it will.

    • Zak Sidhu

      What Nintendo meant was it won’t play games that require the GBA slot of the original DS and DS Lite

      • Tofer Bray

        Yea, like for example, the guitar hero games that were for DS. They required that device to put into the GBA slot so you could use it as a handheld guitar! Don’t worry, there were only a few ds games that requires a device to be placed in GBA slot, so you won’t miss them!

        You’ll still be able to play all DS and DSI games, physical or digital, inculding the 3ds games as well!

  • Jean Perez

    Sony should treat the Vita like NIntendo treats their 3DS, like they give a shit.

  • raeldor

    Any chance they’ve increased the headphone volume? That alone would almost make it a buy for me, as I have to carry around a separate amplifier for when I am in noisy environments.

    • Detrimont

      I know this is late, but yes, from my experience they have (have the XL), since you can actually hear it at max volume now, and even better with headphones.

      • raeldor

        Hi. Thanks for the reply. I actually had one shipped from Japan and measured it with a dB monitor placed near an external speaker attached to the headphone port. Unfortunately it was the same. :(

  • Bender Rodriguez

    This is so stupid. DSi part two nobody cares edition. It won’t have any games made exclusively for it. That would cut out too many 3DS users. It isn’t worth $180. Xenoblade looks awful on that sub PSP screen and hardware. Why even upgrade the hardware when you’re still worse than all the competition? That dual “analog” looks more like a trackpoint than an analog stick. The placement of it is terrible too. Nobody uses the 3D effects. It’s still region locked. It still has poor third party support. But hey, at least this will make all the fanboys shut up about proprietary memory. It’s okay if Nintendo does it!

    Seriously though, there are valid reasons for using proprietary memory, namely standardization and security. Now that Nintendo values it too, hopefully this will make the trolls shut up about Vita memory cards. Hell, it might even convince Sony to reduce the price depending on what Nintendo does. So even though this upgrade is useless some good may come of it.

    • Nanashrew

      DSi had games made exclusively for it but it also had a lot of variety of games that worked with the old hardware too. Also all DSi enhanced games had improvements made and gave extra features that only the new hardware had, like the camera for example. There was also the digital shop.

      This also isn’t proprietary cards. The Sandisk Extreme cards are generic cards that you can buy and have been able to buy for quite some time. The type of card Nintendo is talking about is just a licensed card like “Sandisk for Wii” which came with every single Wii console as a white generic 1GB SD card.

      • Pyrotek85

        Yeah nintendo is just listing those cards because that’s what they tested, I’m sure virtually any brand microsd card will work, except possibly the extra large ones, like 128gb. Was the same for sd cards on the wii, didn’t need anything special.

        • Nanashrew

          Right. Will be interesting to see if someone can get those super high capacity cards running. Those XDHC cards aren’t officially supported on the normal 3DS’ but some have gotten them to work which is pretty cool.

      • Bender Rodriguez

        It only had 5 games developed for it. Nintendo only made 1 of them. We’ll have to wait and learn more about the cards. I shouldn’t have jumped to that conclusion but there is no evidence that they aren’t proprietary either. It just says official and that only two other types will work with the system.

        • Nanashrew

          The exact number is listed here

          and the US version–SDSDQX-016G-AFFP-/dp/B00DM1BGEI/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-5&keywords=sandisk+extreme+16gb+80mb

          The model numbers are only slightly different but they’re both Sandisk Extreme MicroSD 16GB 80mb read/write class 10 cards

          • Uvers

            I seem to be only able to find ones with 45mb/s write speed

        • Eric Harris

          This isn’t like DSi. There was no upgrade in processing power like there is here. DSi just added wierd internety features.

          • Yuuki

            indeed it more like the Gameboy Color.

          • Nonscpo

            Or like the Gameboy light!

          • ThePhilybeef .

            Actually, there was an increase in power, the main processor speed was doubled, and the ram was quadrupled. We just didn’t really see that increase in power in games because DSiWare games were limited to 16 megabytes in size, just like WiiWare games being limited to 40 MB. That’s pathetic considering most DS games were either 32 or 64 MB. The increase in power was only necessary to run the extra internet and camera features.

    • chocodino

      yea, because Micro SD are only usable on 3DS and are 3-4 dollar the GB [sarcasm]

    • Destiny13777

      Considering it’s just MicroSD, I don’t think it’ll be a problem because it isn’t “proprietary”, these are just ones they confirm will work, they did the same with the original 3DS. Currently on the site for the current 3DSes it doesn’t tell you that you can go up to 64 GB or 128, nor does it say you can use any brand you want, but you can if you want to.

      It’s not really trolling when the Vita memory cards are still overpriced, and they already price dropped them once, they don’t seem eager to do it again anytime soon.

  • Mando44646

    …it wont include a charger? WTF?

    • It will when it hits the US

      • JMaster3000

        I bet it won’t come with the European N3DS.
        Its funny how we always get fucked up by Nintendo.

        • Souffrir

          You think NOE is bad? Oh, that’s cute. Try dealing with NOA sometime.

          • JMaster3000

            You guys have better Club Nintendo rewards(and getting games from it), cheap game prices, discounts on eShop, chargers with the console and fast 3rd party support. Ok.

          • Souffrir

            From what I can tell, you’ve actually been getting better Club Nintendo support, a wider variety of games, and highly regarded titles either significantly first and without external support (Xenoblade, The Last Story) or where we aren’t getting them at all (Project Zero).

  • ZakkuKun 1075-1233-7085

    So, it can play DS and DSi games???

  • I am totally ready for this model. I hope it gets here before Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate! I’ve spent hundreds of hours with my 3ds. Can’t wait for the new one!!!!

  • Looking over the information properly, some of it is kind of fascinating in a way. Either way, I think we’re already considering purchase of one.

    I’m also excited for official Nintendo SD cards! ♥
    I wonder if they’ll have cute colors or images on them.

    • Max

      Official Nintendo SD cards exist in Japan since the Wii.
      They don’t really have any special design.

      • Really? Huh~.

        That sucks though. ;o;

        Maybe that will change now. Maximize the customization of the 3DS~.

  • Souffrir

    I’m hearing that I won’t be able to use use some carts developed specifically for the new 3DS with the original 3DS. Are there any announced titles incompatible with the old 3DS so far? All I’ve heard is Xenoblade.

    • Kumabit

      Nah, so far the only game exclusive for the New 3DS is Xenoblade, all the other upcoming games are coming for all the 3DS models.

      • Souffrir

        I’m… I’m honestly kind of hoping the situation pretty much stays that way. I’d love to support Xenoblade some more, but I don’t want to buy another $150-$200 system for it and it alone when I already day-oned the Wii version and the original 3DS.

        • Xeon2

          The CPU upgrades are a little high for an upgrade. I actually think this may be the start of a new business plan for Nintendo. One that may fix the issues with their launches. Here’s the idea, games development on the older hardware continues as usual, Nintendo introduces the next upgrade, a similar system with superior tech, thus games from the previous generation are compatible with the upgrade but they look slightly better, marketing uses this but still passes this off as an upgrade rather than a whole new system. Sales on the new hardware increase, after a certain point in the development of the install base, Nintendo begins development of exclusive titles which are then followed with the 3rd party releases after 2-3 years the process repeats. This ultimately results in a console that always has games I play and enjoy from any portion of the ds, 3ds and future systems. But that’s just a theory I have, it may just be an upgrade that improves general functionality and the occasional odd title like xenoblade, which would be a smart title to leverage the above process to start. I’m not sure of the impact on the consumer this Theory has though.

          • decus

            That’s a really dumb business model. Sega died because of a similar train of thought. See, video games take time to develop. With that kind of cycle, you’re looking at ONE game per developer MAYBE for each ‘new’ console.

            Developers aren’t going to support that, consumers aren’t going to support that, etc. Just look at sega and their “HEY KIDS HEARD YOU LIKE ‘NEW’ CONSOLES” model that essentially killed them before dreamcast was even a thing.

          • darke

            The issue with those is they weren’t backwards compatible.

            If you have to buy a ‘new’ console to play the ‘newest’ games, but most games still play on the ‘old’ console, and all the ‘old’ games still play on the ‘new’ console, you have: what Nintendo has been continuously doing for the past few decades.

            Or how things mostly work with iOS/Android, or even the PC. :P

            Honestly the most stupid thing about it is the name; Apple can get away with it since it’s programs are backwards and forwards compatible within a few years worth of hardware, but this naming scheme is at WiiU levels of dumb.

  • Sam Chamo M. Prime

    This is my plan for buy a New Nintendo 3DS (XL):
    save money
    use my already saved money
    once I get the New 3DS, sold my old 3DS

  • Sam Chamo M. Prime

    I can’t undesrtand why nintendo is always upgrating the 3DS, but not the wiiu who is the one who really needs it. I like to much this new aditions to the 3DS, but trustly, while the wii u has really good games, it’s hardware compares to de one of the Xbox 360 and the Play Station 3.
    And always, the 3DS defeated the PS Vita within a year.

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      ? They should focus more on 3DS for sure after all that it their main money maker here.

      While Wii U is their bleeding machine here. THe most they can do on that consoles is to make sure it bring some money for them. And not losing more money.

  • Vash bane

    well this sounds only a little odd to me then again I don’t make it a habit buying Nintendo related things (there’s only a few games that interest me. so I don’t have a great library worth to warrant a new system)

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I wonder if it will be able to play older games smoother. For example, can I keep the 3D on in Pokemon, Senran Kagura and Fire Emblem without seeing any frame rate dips?

    • Original Maincharacter

      Yes. That’s one of the benefits of having a 3DS with better hardware. I hate playing games in 3D but for Senran, I might wind up making an exception.

    • Nicholas Perry

      I’d imagine yes. Look at it like a PC or OC’ing the CPU of something like the PSP, or the Sega Genesis. Most times, it does indeed do this when the CPU is an issue for any specific game

    • Solid Knight #SouledOut

      No. At least not without an updated cartridge.

    • An Tran

      Pokemon gets annoying lag spikes in battle even without 3D. Hoping a faster processor will fix that.

  • Kalis Konig

    Honestly can’t believe that Nintendo is not releasing this thing in a single world wide window. Having to wait until 2015 while Japan gets it as early as october has kind of killed my hype a little but at least I can definitely get a PS4 now.

    • decus

      The reasoning is we won’t have games to really use it until 2015. I doubt we’d get Xenoblade before then and we’re not getting MH4U until then. Expect the same bundles when those games are set to hit whatever your region is.

      • Kalis Konig

        Yeah I know. I just really wanted to upgrade to an XL for Smash and Curtain call and Fantasy life and Persona Q lol. I have had the same standard 3DS sense launch and was going to get an XL finally but now I have to hold off for this instead lol.

        • CrowSenji

          As for me I never got the chance to buy the regular 3DS, and now that I have the money for a 3DS XL, This news comes out of nowhere… I am an impatient person… I think I’ll just get the 3DS XL and just wait for whenever a bundle for the New 3DS XL comes out…

  • wahyudil

    Q: Can you transfer software data from the Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL?

    A: Data can be transferred from the Nintendo 3DS/3DS XL to the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL. (However, data from the New Nintendo 3DS/New 3DS XL cannot be moved to the 3DS/3DS XL.)

    So I can move all my digital e-shop software with all the save games to the new 3DS including my Nintendo Network ID without need to contact any support?

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      I believe it is as simple as my transfer of old 3DS to my new XL.

      Go to setting and look for the transfer button there.

    • An Tran

      Yes, only issue (IF it’s an issue for you) is that you need both consoles present at the same time.

  • mckun

    NOTHING about it not being region locked.

    and windows 8.1?! Yeah I’m annoyed. I’m not annoyed at Windows 8.1 (just having a face palm moment since the kind people commenting are confused about that. Most people I know will never use Windows 8.1 so it was just better with Windows 7 to save time/space.) If I wanted a SMT4 3DS I should be able to buy a SMT4 3DS without having to buy a USA 3DS too. Same with NEW 3DS.

    Seriously that’s the only reason why its taking me forever to buy a 3DS because of that. I’m not saying I’m never buying one but the region lock has me sort of annoyed because there isn’t a lot of Japanese games I want to play and there isn’t a lot of USA 3DS I want.

    If it comes down to it I’ll get a NEW 3DS with Kawoshin plates.

    • Doctor Nebula

      A lot of people already have Win 8.1 and you’re just gonna have to buy two 3DSes.

      • darke

        Or buy none. I’ve got four DSs and zero 3DSs; there’s a reason for this.

        • Alter

          Nintendo’s Anti-Consumer practices? I’m actually glad not swayed by MH4 to buy a 3DS, now THIS ‘New 3DS’ thing appears. I don’t want to buy Nintendo stuff even more.
          And THIS.

          • darke

            I personally prefer the phrasing “Nintendo Hates their Customers”. The same way I refer to any company with onerous DRM that causes more problem for the customers then the pirates, or develops f2p games that are based on annoying the player until they finally pay.

            “Anti-Consumer” is too mild to convey the dislike of the company that the ‘consumer’ may not be using the product in the way they intended; and it’s certainly too mild to convey my disgust for a company that treats a paying customer with that level of disrespect.

        • Evan Groman

          Just wondering, why would you get four DSs in the first place?

          • darke

            Someone else here posted the DS upgrade path, I had a DS, a DS lite, a DSi XL and then a second one when the first broke. At least I think that’s my upgrade anyway, I just have the XL left on a shelf that I haven’t touched in a few years. :P

      • mckun

        I said that because the most popular OS is….XP x.x; A lot of people hate Windows 8 and 8.1 because it isn’t user friendly which is why I said that. Like “Honestly?” For some reason people are pushing windows 8 and keeping windows 7 just in case as a back up. Like this.

        • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

          Then do what everyone has been doing up until now and just move stuff over manually.

        • darke

          The most popular OS in China is XP; it’s much less in use in the west.

          Anyway, the reason not to support XP is that Microsoft no longer supports it, and Microsoft’s development tools no longer support it. So if you’re going to support this device for 3+ years, you don’t want to hamstring yourself to supporting a decade old platform that the manufacturer won’t even support without an expen$$$$ive support contract, and only for another couple of years.

    • It works with 7 AND 8.1
      Granted, I like Windows 8.1, but…

    • Gekokujou

      Windows 8.1 is one thing, but region locking is a deal breaker here. Nintendo needs to get with the program on that one.

  • カルロ ランバルディ

    Oh a new sega 32x?! sounds great?! This is such bullshit. I don’t want to buy a new 3ds. How dare they start developing software for a new console when they haven’t even rounded out the software base for the last one. What’s the point of buying these damn things if they will be obsolete that quickly.

    • Solid Knight #SouledOut

      I haven’t even owned my 3DS for a year and they do this. Y u do dis ninty…

    • Bobby Jennings

      Nothing else needs to be said.

      This comment ends it all…

  • Kroz

    I don’t get it why is everyone freaking out? I’m sure most of us upgraded from gameboy to gameboy color, or gameboy advance to sp.
    granted the name is really dumb (honestly would have been hyped for “super 3DS”), the second built in circle pad is looooong over due and the western release date is very late….

    …okay over the course of me writing this and thinking bout this, I now don’t blame people for freaking out

    • Bobby Jennings

      There wasn’t a Gameboy Advance SP exclusive game….

      Not only that, they plan on releasing GOOD exclusives on it..

      • An Tran

        I think the best comparison to all this is GBA to DS. The GBA family only had 3 years before DS came out. Of course at the time Nintendo was touting DS as their “third pillar”, but nowadays people just call it the GBA’s successor. But whichever way you viewed the relationship between those two consoles, they both got tons of games from both Nintendo and third parties while coexisting for a few years (until GBA’s actual “end of life”). Even though this time both consoles are in the same family, I can see the situation being the same.

        • Bobby Jennings

          GBA to DS was a UPGRADE to the extreme. This is just a cash-in..

          • An Tran

            Not back in the day.

          • Bobby Jennings

            This isn’t back in the day though.

            And you don’t think the SP to the DS was big? LOL.

    • Alter

      Because they alienating current 3DS/XL owners. Exclusive of exclusive, don’t let it be a thing.

  • s07195

    Oh…the wireless switch being removed is a bummer. It’s pretty handy.

    • RinaDawg

      The only time I’ve seen a wireless switch being used is to disconnect on Pokemon battles. Why would you ever need to turn on and off the internet easily?

      • Codi Schumacher

        because i dont want to blow the battery with it constantly being on when im not online 24/7

      • s07195

        Turning on Streetpass on the go, quickly going ad-hoc/off ad-hoc for games like Pokemon and MH4, all during those needed moments and being able to quickly turn it off when the battery is running low.

      • HelloIDoNotHaveAGoodName

        People use the wireless switch in Animal Crossing: New Leaf if people are trying to steal stuff from their town. Because the town is saved when a visitor enters, it reverses any damage done by the visitor. It’s really very handy.

        • RinaDawg

          Makes sense…
          I’ve never played Animal Crossing with strangers and crooks, so I never knew that was an issue that you need to basically spaz the game out for.
          I feel like this could be fixed by having a kick button for unruly visitors instead of having Resetti screaming at your face. :U

          • HelloIDoNotHaveAGoodName

            Definitely, it’s not a very common occurrence, I’ve only experienced it once and managed to prevent it with the wireless button!

            That’s a good idea! Resetti doesn’t tell you off, though, as it’s not resetting the game, it just ends the internet connection. Although Resetti does show up on the error message. :P


    the only thing that kinda makes me afraid of this 3DS is the exclusive software bit…hopefully it’s not a game that I care for, but I wouldn’t be happy to get another 3DS when mine works just fine

    • An Tran

      It’ll most likely just be bigger games that wouldn’t run on the original 3DS. Considering these types of games would need more time and money to develop, don’t expect too many of them. Don’t worry, you’ll still be getting plenty of new games for your current 3DS.

      • Guest


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    • decus

      Yeah, to add to that most games you’re seeing now have been in development for at least a year or two, maybe more, and I doubt Nintendo told anybody else about it that far in advance. This is why so far the only exclusive game I’ve heard of is a Nintendo 2nd party port (xenoblade). MH4U won’t need it, it just benefits (kind of) from the extra buttons and c-stick.

      There’s also the added risk associated with targeting a small/unknown install base (N3DS) vs. targeting the known and substantial 3DS install base. DSi hardly got any games that only worked on it, for instance, but it did get a few that had added features if you had it. You’ll see some of that for a year or two at least, before widespread games that absolutely need it.

      • darke

        MH4U won’t need it, but you can guarantee that they’ll benefit from the extra processing power as well. I imagine Nintendo are betting on anyone who’s competitive playing those games to be grabbing a new version almost immediately.

  • Rabbit

    “Can it play all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games?”

    Wait… I didn’t understand the answer. Can it play all the 3DS games or not??

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Basically, it can play all 3DS and DS games with the exception of those DS games that made use of the GBA slot that the original DS/DS Lite had.

      • MikelAL93

        and the DS games that make use of the GBA slot definitely include the DS Guitar Hero games as well.

        All in all, I hope Nintendo will give us a concrete answer in regards to the region locking one of these days since this FAQ doesn’t answer it.

        • CrowSenji

          They will never have a region free device.

  • Ronldbx6

    My 3DS shoulder buttons are dying and I wanted to send it in for repair but now I’ll wait. I wonder when it’s coming to NA and what will be the price.

    • CrowSenji

      I heard around 140-160 for the regular and 180 for the XL. Also regular 3ds, 2ds and 3ds XL are going to have significant price drops.

  • piichan

    Super Hype. I’m glad I held off on buying an XL since it felt too heavy for me. I’m very happy that they’re going to release a regular sized one while upgrading the screen.

  • They say Sandisk Extreme, but does the 3DS actually use all that read/write speed? I think Extreme is like 45 mb per second. Seems like the 30 per second of the Sandisk Ultra is already more than enough. Or will the New 3DS read faster off cards? That would be nice.

    • darke

      Remember that’s advertised speed, only going to happen in the most optimal conditions. I wouldn’t expect more then half of limit except at the best of times and situations (mostly empty card, large, predicable bulk reads, etc).

      • Yeah, good point. Well, I ordered a Sandisk Ultra 64GB microSD with adapter. It adertises 42 mb/s or something like that. My advertised 30 mb/s card has been more than fast enough for my current 3DS, so hopefully this one is fine. I hope to use it with the adapter in my current 3DS, then just ditch the adapter and stick is in my New 3DS after the system transfer.

  • Generic_Knight

    You can call me a retard, but i still can’t understand: is this a revision or a whole new console?

    • lew.coll1

      It’s a more powerful version of the 3DS, not a whole new console. (Correct me if I’m wrong)

  • Ferofax

    Did anybody ever ask if the added muscle will have a positive effect on existing 3DS games (like improved FPS)?

    • Dark11Void

      I am certain that there will be a boost in performance in games that struggle a bit already on the existing models of the Nintendo 3DS. Some games that are capped at 30/60 FPS on the Nintendo 3DS do drop in frame rate a bit and are noticeable at times, but with the New Nintendo 3DS (and its update in CPU power), you should find that those same games will have less significant frame rate drops, or none at all (note: this also dependent on whether or not Nintendo did anything with the GPU and how each particular game uses it).

      Though Nintendo didn’t actually confirm this information, it is a logical assumption based on the fact that the CPU is performing at a higher clock speed, and the games will still operate within same the frame rate cap present before the release of the new system. It wouldn’t make sense if games didn’t perform better (except for the games that already don’t drop in frame rate).

  • Submissus

    Ouch, that second stick looks painful to use.

    inb4 “it’s not a hard button lol”

  • Mujtahidul Haque

    Is it region locked?

  • James Todd

    iv’e had my 3ds since the first year they were out so i’m looking forward to an upgrade

  • Guest

    Unable to transfer software from an SD card? LOL Keep the fucking thing

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