I got a Nintendo 2DS! How do I get started?


Here are a few of our top tips on making the most of your new system.

Where can I find new games?

Your new system includes access to Nintendo eShop*, where you'll find digital versions of new and classic games. Browse new releases or search for specific titles, then purchase and download. Easy! Of course, you can also find info about upcoming releases, in the Game Store section of Nintendo.com.

Can I play with friends online?

Yes, the Nintendo 2DS system offers online play with compatible games**. Some games may offer local multiplayer or co-op play. To find out what multiplayer options a game has, check out its details in our game guide.

What games can I play?

Your Nintendo 2DS plays Nintendo 3DS games, plus nearly all Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games.

What about Parental Controls?

The Nintendo 2DS has Parental Controls that allow parents to manage what their kids can access on their system.

Learn about Parental Controls here

What's included?

  • Stylus
  • 4 GB microSDHC card (installed)
  • Battery (installed)
  • Six AR Cards

Plus, it comes with built-in software so you can play right away.

Can I try games before I buy?

Sure! Many games have free demos available on Nintendo eShop. To see what's available, tap the Nintendo eShop icon on the touchscreen and search for “demo.” Then tap “download demo” to try it out.

What else can it do?

Lots! Connect to the Internet to surf the Web with the built-in browser, watch videos on YouTube, or use services such as HuluPlus or Netflix***. You can also share game tips and screenshots with other fans on Miiverse™.

And don't forget StreetPass™, which you'll only find on Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo 2DS systems. It lets you exchange certain game data from other gamers just by enabling the feature and carrying your system with you in Sleep Mode.

You can also create and share your own Mii™ characters as well as play games with the Mii characters you collect in StreetPass™ Mii Plaza™.

Can I take photos and videos?

Yes, your Nintendo 2DS has both inner and outer cameras. Check out the system manual here for details on taking and editing photos.

You can also take 3D photos and record 3D video and view these photos and videos in 2D on your system. To see your 3D visuals, you can simply save your photos to your system's SD Card, then transfer the card to a compatible 3D-capable device such as a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL system.

Can I transfer my game data?

Yes, it's easy to bring your game data with you from your old system when you upgrade to the Nintendo 2DS. You can transfer everything at once, or choose specific files.

Get step-by-step directions in support

  • Wireless broadband Internet access is required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.
  • Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.
  • Wireless broadband required. Streaming video services require a separate subscription and monthly fees.
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