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

Congratulations on your new Nintendo 2DS or New Nintendo 2DS XL!

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, and send them directly to your Nintendo 2DS or New Nintendo 2DS XL system.

Can I play with friends online?

Yes, the Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL systems offer 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?

The Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL play Nintendo 3DS games in 2D. They also play nearly all Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games. Compare Nintendo handhelds here.

What about Parental Controls?

The Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 2DS XL have 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
  • AC Adapter

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 or Nintendo.com.

To see what's available, search for “demo” in the Nintendo eShop on your system, or filter by “demo available” in the Game Store.

What else can it do?

Lots! Connect to the Internet to surf the Web with the built-in browser, watch videos on services such as Netflix***.

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™.

The New Nintendo 2DS XL also has built-in amiibo functionality, so you can use your amiibo figures or cards with compatible games.

Can I take photos and videos?

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