Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS System Update Adds Save Transfer Tool


A Nintendo 3DS system update released last night in the U.S. adds a couple of new features to the device, Nintendo have announced. Here are the two main features the update adds:


  • A tool that allows Nintendo 3DS users to transfer save data from the packaged version of a game to the downloadable version. Players that originally purchased a physical version of a game will be able to pick up right where they left off with their save data if they decide to purchase the digital version of the same game. Save data that is transferred to a digital game cannot be moved back to the physical version.


  • An improvement to the feature that downloads items in the background when the Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep Mode. Items will now download when the Nintendo eShop is running. Users can simply close the system cover to activate the "Download Later" feature and the game or application will begin to download.


A major update that is expected to be released for the 3DS in the future will add Nintendo’s Miiverse social network to the device. However, Nintendo have not yet detailed the features of this update or announced a release window.


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.