Nintendo DSi & Nintendo DSi XL - SD Cards

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL can use compatible SD Cards for a number of functions, such as playing compatible song files or storing data.

 

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How do I play my music files on the Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL?
In order to listen to songs on your system, you will first need to copy the songs you want to listen to onto a compatible SD or SDHC card. Keep in mind, not all songs are compatible with the Nintendo DSi/Nintendo DSi XL. Some songs may be copy protected and will not work. The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL are compatible with AAC audio files with a filename extension of .m4a, .mp4, or .3gp.

More information you might find useful:
How to save music files to an SD Card
Finding music files on a PC or Mac
Converting music into compatible AAC audio files
Troubleshooting music files

How do I save music to an SD Card?

What You'll Need:

  • A compatible SD Card or SDHC Card. The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL are compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB and SDHC cards up to 32 GB.
  • Compatible music files stored on a PC or MAC.
  • An SD Card slot on the PC or MAC, or an SD Card reader/writer.

What to Do:

  • Insert the SD card into the PC or Mac
  • Open Windows Explorer (for PC) or Finder (for Mac) and select the drive being used by the SD Card to open it.
  • Open another instance of Windows Explorer or Finder and navigate to where the music is stored.
  • Highlight the desired file(s) and/or folders, copy them, and then paste them into the first instance of Windows Explorer or Finder to create copies on the SD Card.

Finding music files on a PC or Mac

If you don’t know where your music files are stored, try the following searches using Windows Explorer (for PC) or Finder (Mac).

  • Name of the song
  • Name of the folder the song is stored in
  • Name of the artist (many programs automatically create a folder for the artist)
  • Filename extensions (*.m4a *.mp4 or *.3gp)

Converting music into compatible AAC audio files
Music files that you want to play on your system may or may not be copy protected. Music files that are copy protected can not be converted to compatible AAC files for play on the Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL. Music files that are not copy protected can be converted to different formats using commercially available music file converters.

Nintendo does not provide a process to convert music files; however, there is conversion software for your PC which you can purchase, called Nero Music2Go. You can find more information about this program at www.nero.com/nintendodsi.

Whichever conversion software you decide to use, you will want to make sure the converter works with the file format you are currently using as well as the AAC format. For example, if your songs are currently in .mp3 format, you will want to find a program that can convert MP3 files to AAC.

 

 

 

 

How many blocks are there on an SD Card?

Each save block on the system takes up 128KB of data. The amount of space available on the a card will vary depending on the size and on files already stored on the card. For example, a 1GB card should have a little over 8,000 blocks available, but there may already be some files stored on the card.

 

 

 

 

How do I view the files stored on an SD Card?

There is no way to manage the files on your SD Card using the system, nor can you view any files that aren't supported by the application you're using. You'll need to use a computer to manage the files stored on your SD Card.

 

 

 

 

What the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL can do with SD Cards

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL can use compatible SD Cards to do the following:

  • Save photos you've taken in Nintendo DSi Camera to the SD Card
  • Play AAC-format audio files saved on the SD Card
  • Copy downloadable software and its save data to the SD Card

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL cannot use SD Cards to:

  • View saved photos taken from other devices (such as cameras, phones, etc.)
  • Store sounds recorded on a Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL
  • Copy save game data for games played on Nintendo DS Game Cards

 

 

 

 

Compatible SD Card types

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL are compatible with most SD Cards with the following specifications:

    Memory Capacity: Up to 32 GB (Gigabytes)

    Type: The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL support standard SD cards as well as high-capacity SD cards (SDHC) up to 32 GB in size. This includes miniSD and microSD when used with their respective adapters

    Speed: SD Cards with a slow speed may experience slow transfer time when loading files, or may not work at all. Slow transfer times can also occur with SD Cards that have a great number of files on them.

    File types: (scroll down)

 

 

 

 

Compatible file types

The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL are compatible with the following file types:

    File types: AAC

    Filename Extensions: .m4a, .mp4, .3gp

    Bitrate: 16 kbps - 320 kbp

    Sampling rate: 32kHz - 48kHz

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How to view photos on an SD Card

  1. On the Nintendo DSi Menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Camera icon.
  2. Select "Album" to open the photo album.
  3. Drag the scroll bar left/right to scroll through the photos.

 

 

 

 

How do I copy my photos to my computer?

What You'll Need:

  • A compatible SD Card or SDHC Card. The Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL are compatible with SD cards up to 2 GB and SDHC cards up to 32 GB.
  • An SD Card slot on the PC or MAC, or an SD Card reader/writer.

What to Do:

  • Insert the SD card into the PC or Mac
  • Open Windows Explorer (for PC) or Finder (for Mac) and navigate to a folder suitable for photo storage.
  • Open another instance of Windows Explorer or Finder and select the drive being used by the SD Card to open it.
  • Navigate to the folder named "DCIM" and browse through its sub-folders to find Nintendo DSi Camera application photos.
  • Highlight the desired photos or folders, copy them, and then paste them into the first instance of Windows Explorer or Finder to create copies on the computer.

 

 

 

Troubleshooting:

Troubleshooting - "The SD Card is locked"

If you receive this error message when trying to copy data to an SD Card, remove the SD Card and look for a small slider on the side of the card. This is the locking mechanism. This needs to be in the "unlocked" position on the SD Card.

 

 

 

 

Troubleshooting - SD Card not recognized

If you are using a compatible SD Card and the system is not able to recognize it, then it appears your system will need to be repaired. Click here for repair information.