Are Digital 3DS Games Saved to SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

If you’re a proud owner of Nintendo’s 3DS, you’re probably aware that it allows users to download games directly from the Nintendo eShop. This feature is a game-changer for those who prefer digital downloads over physical copies. And while downloading games on the 3DS is easy, there’s one question that often arises: Are digital 3DS games saved to the SD card

The answer is yes! When you download a digital game from the eShop, it gets saved directly onto your SD card. This means that all of your downloaded games, along with save files and updates, are stored on your device’s removable storage.

However, it’s important to note that not all SD cards are created equal. The 3DS only supports SD cards up to 2GB in size.

If you have a larger SD card, you’ll need to format it to work with the device. Additionally, some older models of the 3DS only support standard SD cards and not the newer and faster SDHC or SDXC cards.

To check if your device supports larger capacity cards or if you need to format an existing one, simply go into your device’s settings and select “Data Management.” From there, select “Nintendo 3DS” and then “microSD Management.” Here you can check if your current card is compatible or format a new one.

It’s also worth noting that while digital downloads are convenient and save space, they do come with some downsides. For example, if your device gets lost or stolen, all of your purchased games will be lost unless they’ve been backed up through Nintendo’s cloud-based storage system.

In conclusion, digital 3DS games are saved directly onto the device’s SD card. Just make sure you have a compatible size and type of card before downloading any games from the eShop.

And remember to back up your games and save files if you want to ensure they’re not lost in the event of a device mishap. Happy gaming!