Nintendo: Nintendo 3DS games including Ambassador Program titles will transfer to 3DS XL, but…

nintendo 3ds games including ambassador program titles will transfer to xl but

The Nintendo 3DS XL is out this summer. Hooray for tech nerds that love new hardware. With any new Nintendo device though, existing fans hoping to upgrade are always hassled by the same question: Will I be able to play my already purchased games on the new device? The word from Nintendo is yes you can, but with a significant caveat.

One of the biggest problems plaguing Nintendo’s home and handheld devices in the era of digital distribution is the lack of a central account structure for users. Buying and downloading games to the Nintendo 3DS through the eShop is easy enough, but having multiple devices with the same games on them? Impossible! Your 3DS was stolen and you need to get your games back? You have to send that thing to Nintendo and even then it’s not a guarantee that you’ll get all your games back. Unlike Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, Steam, Apple’s iTunes, and countless other digital media services, Nintendo does not recognize your purchases as tied to a single account which entitles you to use purchased goods on multiple devices. Even a Club Nintendo account that links all these purchases together doesn’t count.

How then will existing Nintendo 3DS owners who upgrade to the 3DS XL get all their games onto the system? A Nintendo representative told Digital Trends that the “System Transfer” feature in the existing Nintendo 3DS settings will transfer that info to the 3DS XL.

The transfer will carry over Nintendo 3DS settings like Internet Connection info, saved information like Friends Lists and Miis, Nintendo DSiWare titles, everything saved on the SD card, and Nintendo eShop account information, including download history and any balance in your eShop wallet.

Some early 3DS owners concerned that their Ambassador Program games won’t carry over don’t need to worry. Nintendo offered 20 free games to 3DS buyers that purchased the system before the July 2011 price drop, including 10 Game Boy Advance games that aren’t available in the eShop. Since the Ambassador Pass was a download from the eShop, that will transfer to the new system.

What’s the problem then? If you’re planning to keep your old Nintendo 3DS after upgrading to the 3DS XL, all of your games and data will be inaccessible on the original system.

Nintendo has already confirmed that it’s making transfer plans for the Wii U. This same representative told me in March that Nintendo’s official line is: “We are planning to make it possible to transfer the purchased contents from Wii.” Now that Nintendo is getting into the DLC business, it has got to find a way to centralize users’ information in a convenient way. System transfers that render old hardware inert are just unacceptable.


‘Tetris Effect’ makes the undying classic feel new again

Tetris is a game that everyone knows. The classic puzzler has appeared on just about every device since 1984. With music and visual flourishes, Tetris Effect remarkably manages to elevate the iconic game to new heights.
Emerging Tech

Shipping crate filled with 3D-printing robots may be the future of construction

Autodesk has created a robot-filled shipping container which may represent the future of construction work. The crate contains two robots able to 3D print custom components for building sites.

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for November 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Major video watcher? YouTube is now available on Nintendo Switch

After well over a year, the Nintendo Switch has finally received a free YouTube app. The app's functionality is similar to other devices such as Roku, but with touch support for the Switch's screen.

Nintendo will not offer cross-platform play for its first-party games

Nintendo has confirmed that it has no plans to enable cross-play functionality in any of its first-party games, the majority of which are exclusive to a single system like the Switch or 3DS.

Hacker finds Steam bug that unlocks free games, collects $20K for reporting it

Security researcher Artem Moskowsky discovered a Steam bug that allowed him to generate infinite free keys for any game. Instead of abusing the exploit, Moskowsky reported it to Valve, which gave him a $20,000 reward.

‘Overwatch’ gunslinger Ashe is now available on all platforms

Blizzard announced Ashe as the latest Overwatch hero at BlizzCon 2018. The gunslinger has a history with McCree and makes use of a lever-action repeating rifle and a robotic sidekick.

‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars’ sees Spidey confront the villainous Hammerhead

The second part of Marvel's Spider-Man's The City That Never Sleeps DLC swings into action on November 20. Titled Turf Wars, the new storyline is focused on Hammerhead, who is waging war across New York City.

Mount up: Latest ‘Fortnite’ update adds powerful turret weapon, Food Fight LTM

The latest update for Fortnite added a Mounted Turret weapon to the battle royale mode. The weapon features unlimited ammunition, but it can overheat if fired too long without interruption.

Xbox One adds mouse and keyboard support, levels playing field with PC

The latest system software update for Xbox One has added mouse and keyboard support. The support is limited to Warframe and Fortnite at the moment, with more games coming in November and December.

Check out 30 of the best iPhone games you need to be playing

The iPhone has some of our favorite games available for any mobile platform. Here are the best iPhone games for every big-name genre, whether you're into puzzles, strategy, or something else entirely.

The Army wants YOU … to play esports with soldiers

The U.S. Army is creating esports teams for games such as Overwatch, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and League of Legends. The initiative looks to boost recruitment, after missing the mark for the first time since 2005.

Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and it will be here before you know it. If you can't wait until November 23 to start formulating a shopping plan, we've got you covered.

If the speed of AMD’s Radeon RX 590 doesn’t entice you, the game bundle will

AMD's Radeon RX 590 is a new video card that targets 1080p gaming at maximum detail. Starting at $280, it fills a gap between the Radeon RX 580 and the more expensive Radeon RX Vega. AMD says the new RX 590 can beat Nvidia's GTX 1060 Ti.