How To Upgrade MicroSD Card For New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS comes with a preinstalled 4GB MicroSD card. However, if you are the sort of person that goes digital and/or have an extensive library of virtually stored games, then moving up to a higher capacity MicroSD is highly recommended.

Switching MicroSD card is a little tricky then you would initially expect as you will need to open the system to gain access to the MicroSD card. I know opening up a system can be a scary proposition for some, but it isn’t difficult at all nor should it be a daunting task. Trust me! Nothing will happen to your precious New Nintendo 3DS console.

To make your life a little easier, I have made a simple guide that will take you through the process of updating the MicroSD card for your New Nintendo 3DS.

Selecting Best MicroSD Card For New Nintendo 3DS

It would be wrong to assume that all makes and models of microSD cards will be compatible with the New Nintendo 3DS. To be on the safe side, I would suggest using the miscroSD cards that Nintendo have tested and are confirmed to be compatible with the New Nintendo 3DS.

The following microSD have been confirmed by Nintendo to be compatible with the New Nintendo 3DS.

  • SanDisk Extreme microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQXL-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQXL-032G-A46A
  • SanDisk Extreme PLUS microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQX-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQX-032G-A46A
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC
    • 16GB: SDSDQXP-016G-A46A
    • 32GB: SDSDQXP-032G-A46A
  • Toshiba microSDHC
    • 8GB: PFM008U-1DCK

Formatting the microSD card

Before installing the microSD card into your New Nintendo 3DS, it is important that you format the card for optimal performance. If it is a previously used microSD card, remember to save all the content into your PC in case that you have need for it later.

Nintendo has recommended to use the SD formatter provided by the SD association. So to avoid any unnecessary troubles, I too recommend using the same formatter, which you can access through this link.

How to install your microSD card in the New Nintendo 3DS

Once you have formatted your new microSD, you can now insert into the console. Firstly please ensure that you have a size#0 cross-head screw driver.

At the bottom base of your New Nintendo 3DS console unscrew the bottom two bolts to loosen the plates. Keep the screws in a safe place as you will not want to misplace them.

Now you want to gently pry off the plate by using the nubs on the side of the console. Successfully doing so will give you access to the battery and the microSD card.

You will notice a circle indentation with the current microSD card sticking out. Push the current microSD card inwards to release it from the console. Now you can insert the new microSD card. The installation is now complete. All that’s left is to return the base plate and tighten up the screws.

How to transfer data between SD Card of microSD cards

You are able to transfer data between to microSD cards. For those wanting to rot the system and share games by duplicating data from one microSD to another system, I am telling you now it will not work. The data in the microSD card will only work on one New Nintendo 3DS system and One system alone. If you want to transfer data from an old console to your new console, you will need to perform a system transfer. You can read the full instructions by clicking here.

If you have used all the capacity of the old microSD and need to move all the data to a larger microSD card then follow the instructions below:

  1. Remove the current microSd and then insert into your PC/Mac. (You may need a card reader)
  2. Move all the files into your desktop or a new folder
  3. Remove the current microSD from the PC/Mac and now insert the new microSD card.
  4. Now you will want to move all files from files back into the root directory of the new microSD card.
  5. Insert the new microSD into your console

Note: To avoid any unnecessary complications, do not tamper with any of the files. Leave them as they are! Do not overwrite data and do not change the locations of files.

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