I got a New Nintendo 3DS XL! How do I get started?


Here are a few of our top tips on making the most of your New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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 New Nintendo 3DS XL 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.

Can I still play my old games?

Yes! You can play all your Nintendo 3DS/2DS games. You can also play nearly all Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi titles. Plus, many upcoming games will play best on the new system. Compare Nintendo handhelds here.

What about Parental Controls?

The New Nintendo 3DS XL 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.

Keep in mind that an AC adapter is not included with your New Nintendo 3DS XL system; you may use your Nintendo 3DS/2DS adapter, or purchase a new one separately.

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 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™.

What's been updated?

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has several new features and improvements over previous Nintendo 3DS systems. Super-stable 3D, amiibo compatibility, and a faster processor make it an even better way to play your favorite games.

Learn more here

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 New Nintendo 3DS 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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