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PROFFESSOR 89 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 8:46 PM

Formatting 3DS Memory

Does anyone know exactly what the system deletes when it formats the memory, will I lose game saves?

_TANIS_ 1,734 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:03 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

DS and 3DS game data is saved on the game card itself.

 

eShop titles' save data is on the system, so you will lose that, along with Miis, SpotPass data, StreetPass data, and other personal data.

NIGHTFIRE5 3,805 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:11 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

You can, but you'll have to pay for them again. Formatting basically makes the system brand new and deletes any and all data that it is able to. Your Nintendo 3DS eShop account will be closed, null, and void.

NIGHTFIRE5 3,805 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:19 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
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Nope. Transferring DSiWare titles is a one-way ticket.

_TANIS_ 1,734 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:24 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

Nope! When you format the memory, you will retain all the system updates, so the eShop will still be there.

_TANIS_ 1,734 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:14 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

I'm not so sure that you won't be able to redownload the games for free.

 

I would recommend that you call Nintendo at 1-800-255-3700 to double check prior to formatting.

 

As for what you lose, the online guide says the following:

 

The following information will be lost after formatting the system memory:

  • All data in the System Memory (including Friend List, Notifications, and step count)
  • System Settings data

  • Built-in software save data
  • All photos in the System Memory
  • All other extra data

 

 

So game data for game cards such as The Legend of Zelda 3D will remain on the card, as this is not stored on the 3DS.

NIGHTFIRE5 3,805 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:20 PM in response to: _TANIS_
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

Right, but downloaded games are generally considered extra data, no?

_TANIS_ 1,734 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:22 PM in response to: NIGHTFIRE5
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

Yes, the games themselves will be gone, but the question is whether you can then redownload them for free or not.

 

The answer to that depends on how the eShop identifies the 3DS, which we do not know. Some identification methods (such as the friend code) change after a format. Some (such as the WiFi antenna's MAC address) stay the same.

_TANIS_ 1,734 posts since
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Jul 13, 2011 9:27 PM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

Yes. One of the primary reasons that a user might want to format the memory is so that he or she can sell it.

 

Thus performing a format will wipe personal data and ready the unit for use by another person.

 

Might I ask why you want to format the memory?

SHADOFRAK 68 posts since
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Jul 14, 2011 10:22 AM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

wierd that the problem would arise after a repair from nintendo

most game data is stored on the sd card (ex. Pokedex 3D), so as long as you take out the sd card during the format, it should be fine

also, if i have this right, you can delink your club nintendo account from the shop, then relink them to get your download history back and be able to redownload everything

EDIT: NO DONT LISTEN TO ME LOL look here

http://techforums.nintendo.com/thread/10443?tstart=0

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Jul 14, 2011 9:50 PM in response to: SHADOFRAK
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

You will not be able to re-download your games for free.  When you go into "Format System Memory" it says:

 

"Software saved to an SD Card will no longer be usable."

 

This means that your licenses for your downloaded software are deleted, and you will not be able to download them for free.  I suggest you call Nintendo again.  There's got to be a better fix than formatting your system memory.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Sep 28, 2011 12:58 AM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

I was mistaken when I said your DSiWare cannot be restored.  A system format does not delete your DSiShop account, as NOA_TECH_MIKA mentioned here:  http://techforums.nintendo.com/message/49142#49142.

 

This means that after a system Format, you will be able to redownload (for free) any games you previously purchased from the DSiShop.  The format will delete the games that are stored in system memory, but you can redownload them for free.

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Oct 4, 2011 5:40 AM in response to: BEARDEDONE
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

can someone help me to confirm that the 3DSware and DSiware can be redownload for free after reformat or restore to factory's default setting??

4DABROS 1 posts since
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Mar 26, 2014 4:59 AM in response to: PROFFESSOR
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

All I want to do is delete my nintendo network id from my 3DS so my brother can get pokemon x for free cuz I got the nintendo club id registerd on MY account.

MARIO 3,293 posts since
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Mar 26, 2014 8:43 AM in response to: 4DABROS
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

eShop purchases are tied to the Nintendo Network ID. If you delete the NNID, you will permanently lose the account and all the games downloaded from the eShop with that account. I'm not sure why you think you need to remove the NNID in the first place though.

THECLAW 502 posts since
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Mar 26, 2014 1:48 PM in response to: 4DABROS
Re: Formatting 3DS Memory

That isn't going to work. You can't unregister a game from the Club Nintendo rewards program.

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