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NOA_TECH_JANE 244 posts since
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How to transfer DSiWare to the Nintendo 3DS (updated!)

Update!

 

We've posted details on our support site:

 

Full support site info can be found here: Data Transfer Overview

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello!

 

We can confirm that there will be a method available that will allow most DSiWare content to be transferred to a Nintendo 3DS.  This feature won't be available until a future update, so we don't have all the details just yet. Until this feature does become available, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind:

 

  • When the transfer feature becomes available, you will need both your Nintendo DSi/Nintendo DSi XL and your Nintendo 3DS to complete the transfer.  This is because the transfer of data will occur via local wireless communication.

 

  • Data cannot be transferred to another system over the Internet, using an SD Card, nor can Nintendo complete the transfer for you.

 

More information on this process will be available on our support site and at www.nintendo.com/3ds once it becomes available.

 

Thank you,

NOA_Tech_Jane

ROD64 447 posts since
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Jul 4, 2011 4:24 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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NOA_TECH_JANE, I heard the rumor that all the saved data of the DSiware games will be lost with the tranfer to the 3DS... is that true?

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Jul 4, 2011 4:41 PM in response to: ROD64
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yes it is true

ROD64 447 posts since
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Jul 5, 2011 11:21 AM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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NOA_TECH_JANE  wrote:

 

Hi,

 

It's true that save data from your Nintendo DSi cannot be transferred. Here is a little more info on our support site:

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/3ds/en_na/gi_index.jsp?menu=transfer&submenu=ctr-gi-apps-transfer-what-data

 

I hope that helps.

 

Thanks,

NOA_Tech_Jane

Thanks for the link NOA_TECH_JANE.

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Aug 27, 2011 10:16 AM in response to: ROD64
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well i know its not nintendo fault its mine but i sold my dsi with 60 bucks worth of dsiware games to gamestop to  upgrade to 3ds but i have all those games accounted for on my club nintendo isn't there a way or nintendo should work on a way to link that account up to a 3ds and be able to download some of the games i already bought? i just wanna play Zenonia dont wanna pay another 8 bucks for it lol

ONE-OF-THREE 6,582 posts since
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Aug 27, 2011 2:40 PM in response to: TEDDYCRASH
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TEDDYCRASH  wrote:

 

well i know its not nintendo fault its mine but i sold my dsi with 60 bucks worth of dsiware games to gamestop to  upgrade to 3ds but i have all those games accounted for on my club nintendo isn't there a way or nintendo should work on a way to link that account up to a 3ds and be able to download some of the games i already bought? i just wanna play Zenonia dont wanna pay another 8 bucks for it lol

Sorry, but you really do need your DSi, so that you can wirelessly transfer all yor DSi Shop content onto your 3DS, and without it, there really isn't much that can be done.

 

So that does mean if you do wish to play Zenonia on your 3DS and any other DSiware that you might have previously downloaded, you'll need to purchase it again through the eShop, sorry.

NINTENDOEXPERT101 124 posts since
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Apr 24, 2012 9:11 AM in response to: ROD64
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Yeap

ROD64 447 posts since
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Sep 4, 2011 7:08 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
Re: How to transfer DSiWare to the Nintendo 3DS (updated!)

DSiware games on the 3DS are stretched to fit the screen, like when you play DS games on the 3DS?

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Sep 6, 2011 11:53 AM in response to: ROD64
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That's probably true.  But I just wanted to let you know that if you hold Start and Select when you tap on the game icon for the DS game, it will be displayed with its native aspect ratio (it will not be stretched to fit the screen).  See the bottom of page 31 of the 3DS Operations Manual.

 

This probably works for DSiWare, too.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Sep 6, 2011 1:23 PM in response to: BEARDEDONE
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BEARDEDONE  wrote:

 

That's probably true.  But I just wanted to let you know that if you hold Start and Select when you tap on the game icon for the DS game, it will be displayed with its native aspect ratio (it will not be stretched to fit the screen).  See the bottom of page 31 of the 3DS Operations Manual.

 

This probably works for DSiWare, too.

I know, but DS games look ridiculously tiny when you do that.

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Sep 7, 2011 4:51 PM in response to: ROD64
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The DSiWare IS stretched to fit the screens on the 3DS.  However, the aspect ratios are maintained, so there are black bars on the right and left side of the top screen.  This is the same way the 3DS scales the image for the DS cartridges.

 

Also, the "Start and Select" trick does work on both DSiWare titles and DS cartridges, making the image smaller and take up less of the screen.

SKN25 109 posts since
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Sep 6, 2011 1:47 PM in response to: BEARDEDONE
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I am pretty sure you only have to press select.

ROD64 447 posts since
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May 26, 2012 11:26 PM in response to: SKN25
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SKN25  wrote:

 

I am pretty sure you only have to press select.

Indeed.

Just Select.

Or just Start.

I really don't know why so many people say you have to press both of them.

It's actually quite hard to press START + SELECT + A at the same time...

MARIO2804 119 posts since
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Jan 15, 2012 3:58 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
Re: How to transfer DSiWare to the Nintendo 3DS (updated!)

NOA_TECH_JANE  wrote:

 

Update!

We've posted details on our support site:

Full support site info can be found here: Data Transfer Overview

Hello!

We can confirm that there will be a method available that will allow most DSiWare content to be transferred to a Nintendo 3DS.  This feature won't be available until a future update, so we don't have all the details just yet. Until this feature does become available, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind:

  • When the transfer feature becomes available, you will need both your Nintendo DSi/Nintendo DSi XL and your Nintendo 3DS to complete the transfer.  This is because the transfer of data will occur via local wireless communication.

  • Data cannot be transferred to another system over the Internet, using an SD Card, nor can Nintendo complete the transfer for you.

More information on this process will be available on our support site and at www.nintendo.com/3ds once it becomes available.

Thank you,

NOA_Tech_Jane

 

I tried to transfer some gamesto my cuzins 3DS, but he said he did it with his brother, and they both had the games and the original save data on, the sender's 3DS. I tried to send some games to him but my 3DS said that I will lose the games AND the save data. Is my 3DS busted?

MACHBIKER 2,470 posts since
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Jan 15, 2012 4:04 PM in response to: MARIO2804
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Please start a new discussion for this question.  It is just easier for organization purposes.

MARIO 3,376 posts since
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Jan 15, 2012 4:04 PM in response to: MARIO2804
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No, that's how it normally works. Transferring content from one 3DS to another 3DS removes all games and data from the original 3DS. This page (click here) details what is transferred.

MARIO2804 119 posts since
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Jan 16, 2012 9:56 AM in response to: MARIO
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Thx

MARIO 3,376 posts since
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Jan 16, 2012 12:24 PM in response to: MARIO2804
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No problem.

CHICODE 1 posts since
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Feb 2, 2012 11:39 AM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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Hello, I have a dsi and a 3ds and I have some questions. Can I transfer the games looksley's line up and wario ware snapped to the 3ds and play them comfortably? I'm asking because the position of the camera is diferent on the 3ds. The other question is: why don't the VC games on the 3ds have multiplayer? It's a great feature missed. Thanks!

MACHBIKER 2,470 posts since
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Feb 2, 2012 2:40 PM in response to: CHICODE
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Yes, they can be played comfortably despite the different camera positioning.  Also, some downloadable games (such as the Ambassador Program GBA games) do not have multiplayer because they are straight ports of the older games.  Since the older consoles had methods for multiplayer connection that are different from the connections used by the 3DS, the games cannot use multiplayer.  However, Nintendo has stated that they will introduce multiplayer features for more of the downloaded games later on.

NEO-RIDELY13 9 posts since
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Feb 20, 2012 8:22 AM in response to: MACHBIKER
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Is it legal to transfer data from a friend's DSi to my 3DS? 

MACHBIKER 2,470 posts since
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Feb 20, 2012 3:12 PM in response to: NEO-RIDELY13
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Sure it is.  All you have to do is follow the steps on this page (click on "Transferring DSiWare to the Nintendo 3DS").

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Mar 21, 2012 8:19 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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is it possible to transfer one single dsi ware game to my 3ds... there is only one i want to transfer and i would like to keep the others on the dsi for i dont want them any more and plan on giveing my dsi to my little brother???

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Mar 21, 2012 9:18 PM in response to: ANDY0161
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ANDY0161  wrote:

 

is it possible to transfer one single dsi ware game to my 3ds... there is only one i want to transfer and i would like to keep the others on the dsi for i dont want them any more and plan on giveing my dsi to my little brother???

Yes, if you do a custom transfer, you can select which items you want to transfer.  If you only want to transfer a single game, you can do that.  This only works when transferring from a DSi to a 3DS.  You do not get this luxury with a 3DS-to-3DS transfer.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Mar 25, 2012 12:13 AM in response to: BEARDEDONE
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You can do unlimited custom transfers, right BEARDONE?

BEARDEDONE 1,636 posts since
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Mar 25, 2012 9:49 PM in response to: ROD64
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Yes.

ROD64 447 posts since
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Apr 1, 2012 5:28 PM in response to: BEARDEDONE
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Thanks BEARDEDONE.

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Oct 29, 2012 9:05 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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Quick question what can i do if my DSI is broken , i can't transfer the content then, i have downloaded a decent amount of games and apps and would like them to transfer over to my 3ds but from what i am reading is that i will not be able to because i have no access to the dsi.  I really feel this is not fair especially after putting money into that machine , is there anyway to solve this?  I would like to have my old content on my 3ds. 

MARIO 3,376 posts since
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Oct 30, 2012 4:38 AM in response to: CLOUDMV
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You can call Nintendo at 1-800-255-3700 to discuss the problem, you may need to set up a repair for the DSi.

MOISES3 3 posts since
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Nov 25, 2012 9:12 AM in response to: CLOUDMV
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I also would like to have my content back, but my problem was that I traded-in my DSi when the 3DS launched (no eshop, no transfer tool at the time). I think Nintendo should have a system to keep track of the downloads to be able to redownload them on another system. I though at first that when I unlinked my account the games would be stored on the club Nintendo account to be able to redownload them when I linked it on the 3DS but that was not the case and I lost all of them...

ROD64 447 posts since
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Nov 26, 2012 5:14 PM in response to: MOISES3
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MOISES3  wrote:

 

I also would like to have my content back, but my problem was that I traded-in my DSi when the 3DS launched (no eshop, no transfer tool at the time). I think Nintendo should have a system to keep track of the downloads to be able to redownload them on another system. I though at first that when I unlinked my account the games would be stored on the club Nintendo account to be able to redownload them when I linked it on the 3DS but that was not the case and I lost all of them...

There's NOTHING you can do, sorry.

SUPERBEEFJERKY 279 posts since
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Oct 4, 2013 4:03 PM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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I want a 3DS, but at the same time I don't. If I'm going to lose all that data (I beat all the normal levels on Mario vs. Donkey Kong: The Minis March Again, and it was hard posing on Photo Dojo), I'm not getting a 3DS! But, what if I made backup files of my DSI Ware that can be transferredon an SD card, then after the transfer put that SD card in the 3DS, then copy the backup data. Will this work?

MARIO 3,376 posts since
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Oct 4, 2013 4:11 PM in response to: SUPERBEEFJERKY
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No, this will not work. It's not required to transfer DSiWare if you don't want to, however. If you plan on keeping your DSi you can just leave your purchases on it.

SUPERBEEFJERKY 279 posts since
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Oct 4, 2013 4:14 PM in response to: MARIO
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Thanks, but my Dad won't let me have two DS's!

DRCHEESEBURGER 239 posts since
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Jan 1, 2014 5:35 AM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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Is this the only way to play DSi Ware on a 3DS/3DS XL/ 2DS?

NIGHTFIRE5 3,849 posts since
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Jan 1, 2014 5:39 AM in response to: DRCHEESEBURGER
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Aside from purchasing and downloading the Nintendo DSiWare games directly from the Nintendo eShop to your Nintendo 3DS system, yes.

DRCHEESEBURGER 239 posts since
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Jan 1, 2014 5:40 AM in response to: NIGHTFIRE5
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Ok

DRCHEESEBURGER 239 posts since
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Jan 1, 2014 5:36 AM in response to: NOA_TECH_JANE
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@ONE-OF-THREE, I see you everywhere.

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