How Do I Download 3DS Games to My SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

If you are a proud owner of a Nintendo 3DS, you must be aware that the device is not just designed to play games that come pre-installed in it. You can also download games from the Nintendo eShop and store them on your SD card for later use. In this article, we will guide you through the process of downloading 3DS games to your SD card.

Step 1: Check Your SD Card

Before proceeding with the downloading process, it’s important to check if your SD card has enough space to store the game files. To do this, insert your SD card into your computer or laptop and check its properties. If you have less than 4GB of free space, consider upgrading to a larger SD card.

Step 2: Connect Your 3DS to Wi-Fi

To download games from the Nintendo eShop, you need to connect your 3DS to Wi-Fi. Follow these steps to do so:

  • Open System Settings from your home menu.
  • Select Internet Settings.
  • Select Connection Settings.
  • Select New Connection and follow the on-screen instructions to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 3: Access Nintendo eShop

Once connected to Wi-Fi, go back to your home menu and select the Nintendo eShop icon. The icon is represented by an orange shopping bag.

Step 4: Browse and Download Games

Once you’re in the eShop, browse through the available games and select the one you want to download. Remember that some games might not be available for download or might require additional payment.

Once you’ve selected a game, follow these steps:

  1. Select Download.
  2. Confirm your purchase by selecting Purchase (or Free Download if it’s a free game).
  3. Wait for the download to complete. This might take a while depending on the size of the game and your internet speed.

Step 5: Move the Game to Your SD Card

Once the game is downloaded, it will be stored in your Nintendo 3DS’s internal memory. To move it to your SD card, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Settings from your home menu.
  2. Select Data Management.
  3. Select Nintendo 3DS.
  4. Select Software and then select the game you want to move.
  5. Select Move to SD Card.


Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded a game from the Nintendo eShop and stored it on your SD card.

Remember that you can download as many games as you want as long as you have enough space on your SD card. Enjoy playing!