Nintendo has released information for those planning to upgrade from the 3DS to the New 3DS or New 3DS XL and want to keep their data during the transition. Not one of the most optimized transfer systems used it does require a bit of DIY but the guide should get you through.
Here are the items you will need
- Your current 3DS/2DS and its SD card
- Your New 3DS a microSD card of equal or greater capacity than the SD card you have (a 4GB one comes installed in the New 3DS)
- A size #0 (zero) Phillips screwdriver
- A computer
- An SD/MicroSD reader to connect to your computer
- Wireless broadband Internet access
Now you have everything you need, here are those simple steps or you can follow along with Nintendo’s video guide below.
- Go through the setup on your New 3DS, download the latest system software. DO NOT create a new Nintendo Network ID on the system
- On the home menu, go to System Settings> Other Settings> System Transfer.
- On both systems select “Transfer From a System in the Nintendo 3DS Family.” Select “Send from this system” from the old system and “Receive from Nintendo 3DS” on the New 3DS
- Follow the prompts to confirm the transfer
- Select “Delete” to erase the content on the New 3DS’s microSD card
- Select “No” on the New 3DS to confirm that no other microSD cards have been used with the system
- Select “Yes” on the old 3DS to confirm that you’re using an SD card
- Select “PC-based transfer”
- Select “Move” on the source system
- Once the transfer is complete the old 3DS will format and restart the New 3DS
- Power off both systems and remove their SD/microSD cards. This will require using a size #0 Phillips screwdriver to remove the back panel on the New 3DS
- Connect the SD card to your computer and copy the folder called “Nintendo 3DS” to your desktop
- Connect the New 3DS’s microSD card to your computer and copy the Nintendo 3DS directory from your desktop
- Insert the microSD card into your New 3DS
- Reattach the back panel and power the system on