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 https://i.nintendo.net, 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 https://i.nintendo.net 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.