Nintendo eShop

Try Before You Buy!

Download free demos of select Nintendo 3DS games right to your Nintendo 3DS system via the Nintendo eShop. Just follow these easy instructions to get your first free demo!

What to Do

Search or Browse

Look in the Nintendo eShop for Game Demos that are available for your Nintendo 3DS handheld. When you see a game that interests you, tap the icon, then enter your date of birth if prompted.

TIP: You can find the Games with Demos icon on the bottom row of the Nintendo eShop if you swipe through the icon carousel. Or, just search for “Demo”.


Now Or Later

It’s your choice! Tap the Download Demo icon to the left of the game’s More Details icon. Review the ESRB rating and tap Next, then tap Download.

TIP: Select "Download Now" to begin the process immediately or “Download Later” to wait until your Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep mode.


Ready to Play!

When your download is complete, go back to the Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu. Unwrap your demo, and then press Open. On the next screen, press the A button, or tap OK. And…play!

What to Know

  • Deleting and re-downloading a demo will not reset the number of times a demo can be played.
  • Game demos are not available for all titles.
  • Make sure your Nintendo 3DS system is connected to the Internet to access the Nintendo eShop and download demos.
  • Please note that a Nintendo Network ID is required to download free content from Nintendo eShop.

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