How To Transfer Data From Your 3DS To The New 3DS XL

So, you’ve gotten yourself a shiny New 3DS XL and you’re excited to get started, but you want to make sure all your old downloads are intact. What to do? Well, Nintendo itself has said the New 3DS XL was designed for previous 3DS owners to upgrade to, which is why it shipped without an AC adapter – so transferring your data from an old system to the new one should be quick, clean, and efficient, right? I mean, it was designed with transfers in mind, surely.

You damn right it was!

Moving data from one system to the other is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… 16! It’s intuitive and user-friendly, just like a family system should be, and by following a couple of simple steps, you’ll be playing Majora’s Mask Ultimate 4 in no time. Of course, Nintendo knows that a lot of you are stupid, and so it’s provided a comprehensive guide regardless, just to make sure that you dunces get it right. Just kidding, you’re not dumb. You’re all very gifted!

Let’s see how we move Gunman Clive from our shitty old 3DS to our beautiful new one, shall we?

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Step 1: Start and update your NEW 3DS XL

Complete the setup stages for the New 3DS XL, and make sure you install the latest firmware. Make sure NOT to create a new Nintendo Network ID at this stage – you’ll be bringing that along from your old system!

Step 2: Initiate the System Transfer process on your new and old systems

On both your old 3DS and your New 3DS home menus, go to System Settings, Other Settings, and then tap System Transfer.

Step 3: Select “Transfer from a system in the 3DS family”

You’ll be moving data from one 3DS to another, so ignore the DSi transfer option. Do you remember the Nintendo DSi? It was cool for a bit!

Step 4: Set your systems to send and receive

On your old 3DS, set it to “Send from this system” and set your New 3DS to “Receive from Nintendo 3DS.”

Step 5: Follow the prompts to connect the systems

The machines will guide you through the steps necessary to make your 3DS systems communicate. Do not worry. Everything is fine. We’ve got you.

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Step 6: Delete your New 3DS XL’s micro SD data

This is scary, right? It’s okay. Just select “Delete” on the New 3DS XL. I promise you, you WILL replace this data with the stuff on your old system’s SD card.

Step 7: Place both systems on the floor and create a circle of salt around them

Ordinary table salt will do. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, just try to distribute the salt as evenly as possible around the systems.

Step 8: Turn to page 86 in the Book of Baraqiel and repeat the incantation 

Here, precision is key. Do NOT misspeak the words, child, and do not so much as mispronounce a single one of the forbidden titles. Ask your local storm friar for help if you’re unsure.

Step 9: Wait until the Moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius 

During this period, you may want to ensure you have enough blood, as cultivated from a local parish or village where people don’t ask questions.

Step 10: Add the blood to the Blackened Phylactery. 

PLEASE remember to use blood and not ketchup. The latest ritual did not go according to plan.

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Step 11: Use a Size #0 Phillips head screwdriver to open your New 3DS XL and remove its Micro SD card

Because a system designed to be upgraded to should require extraneous hardware to open. It’s common sense!

Step 12: Replace Micro SD card with a Size #n’yggEthCH’ullah weeping heart

If all steps have been followed correctly, the Blackened Phylactery should be empty of blood and contain a pulsating heart that weeps softly. If it’s sized according to the Chart of Numbers Ensorcled, it’ll fit right into the New 3DS XL, at which point a red glow should be visible. KEEP ALL OF THIS WITHIN THE SALT CIRCLE. Until the rite is done, the Chattering Ones can still use your New 3DS XL to tear a hole into our world.

Step 13: Destroy your old 3DS

It is safe to remove the old 3DS and destroy it. At this stage of the ritual, the system should be impervious to normal fire, but if you secure a bag of Wizened Sulphur from your nearest apothecary and light it with a match, the resulting Devil’s Water ought to be strong enough.

Step 14: They grow inside

Do not be alarmed at the itching and the squirming.

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Step 15: There is an ocean beneath the ocean, and it is darker than darkness

Even they without eyes know when they are in this darkness, for it is more than a mere absence of light. It is an absence of being. Here, the scorpion screams without making a sound, viewing nothing but seeing everything, hearing silence yet listening to all the sounds of creation. You shall feel nothing but the worms, and even the worms shall not be felt, for you will feel all that cannot be felt, and all will feel you. Swim in the ocean beneath the ocean. You can only swim as you drown.

Step 16: The system transfer is now complete

Enjoy using your New 3DS XL!

 

Cory
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Cory

Does it have to be a Phillips? Can it be allen?

Timothy
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Timothy

Jim, help! I’ve done this while I did the blade cleansing and now the thing inside of me is in massive pain! Could you ask Dr. Nightscream what to do now? But at least my Nintendo New 3DS Treehouse Lite XXL U works properly now. Thank god for you Jim!

Huhhhhhhhhhhh09
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Huhhhhhhhhhhh09

This was truly phenomenal, step 15 was damn poetic, more of these if you will, Jim, please.

nacthenud
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nacthenud

This is meant to be a joke, right?

(What gave it away was the part about needing a screwdriver to access the micro SD card. That’s just too outrageous to be true)

Jason Guarnieri
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Jason Guarnieri

Seems fairly straightforward.

Josh Frisby
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Josh Frisby

question: if I don’t have salt, would the powdered bones of a Latter Day Saint be sufficient? Do not trouble yourself with why saints’ bone powder is more abundant in my house than salt.

T8B
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T8B

I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Is there any way I could get more bone powder from you? I ran out and these undead platypi are not listening to a word I’m saying! I was very clear with my instructions, but they’re just hoola-hooping in my kitchen now, and I’ll tell you it’s freaking my crocodile the fuck out.

Amiigo
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Amiigo

Just a heads up. These instructions only work if you’re descended from peoples of the Eurasian continent in the last 2000 years, give or take. Otherwise, you need to contact Nintendo support through usual means. Remember to do the OPPOSITE of everything Shigeru Miyamoto says in your nightmares.

Craig
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Craig "The Raccoon "
The salt was the most important thing , saw an old friend trying to upgrade his machine. Of course he forgot the sacred salt ring , the little skynet machines started talking and blinking to each other. Suddenly he looked up at me with a strange face and said ” My brain has an itch” , then he flipped around the room as if he was on fire while taking off his clothes. He began to scream in a crackling small voice “I see all the faces , turn off the lights”!!! I just left dumbass forgot the salt ring..?… Read more »
Huhhhhhhhhhhh09
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Huhhhhhhhhhhh09

Uhh, are you really this irresponsible? You need to split your friends head open with an ice pick and douse his brain with drain cleaner before the Venmore Spiders using his head as an egg reach maturity, at which point we’ll all be right fucked. Christ, kid, get on it.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

I’m confused…do I endlessly repeat the incantation until the moon is in the Eighth House, or one incantation and then wait.
Or or, do I time it perfectly so that a single incantation ends precisely at midnight of the final day of the Seventh House?

You really need to set up a customer support here, Jim.

Alenonimo
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Alenonimo
Oh, Sterling… There are much easier ways to follow some of these steps. You can save a lot of trouble if you sacrifice an Amiibo that you don’t like very much. With the butt of the #0 Phillips screwdriver, break the statue. There’s an weeping heart inside, just the right size for the upgrade. Be sure not to break the base though. There’s a pre-emptied blackened phylactery in there. Another thing you won’t have to buy on eBay! About the blood. You can use goat blood, but you’ll need twice as much. That’s one of the advantages of upgrading a… Read more »
Ash O'Donnoubhain
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Ash O'Donnoubhain
Ok… so I decided to record the process for posterity and was having issues with the heart as well. I tried your suggestion and broke open my Bowser amiibo, but there was no heart inside. I’m not breaking my Kirby or Link one, so I went with my newly acquired Shulk. It made a VERY high pitched squealing noise and my ears bled for a few minutes afterwards. There was a heart of just the right size inside and the process completed successfully. I reviewed the recording and playing the squeal back in slow motion, you can very clearly hear… Read more »
Sergio
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You forgot the bit about using rare amiibo being the only way to transfer digital games. Burning a marth allows one transfer, a Little Mac is worth two in the ground but none if you throw it into the air.

carg0
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carg0

i knew there had to be a better way than just yelling at it… thanks, jim!

Alex
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Alex

This is the best thing i’ve read all day.

Max
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Max

I summoned Cthulhu by accident Jim… What do I do now?

BAH!
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BAH!

You have two options:
1. Slowly go insane.
2. Quickly go insane.

Flarestar
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Flarestar

3. Pray for a Narwhal to save you.

smilr
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smilr

… while going insane.

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

Bollocks!

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

I just sat on my bollocks and it bloody hurt!

gurry
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gurry

I used cracked sea salt and now there is a sqealing lump of flesh in my room. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

squirrel_killer-
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squirrel_killer-

Make burgers from it. Or for it. I can never remember which.

Tylann
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Tylann

Get a copy of the instruction manual for Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. Read the last three sentences backwards, and no more. The incantation will rip a hole in the space-time continuum, just large enough for the lump of flesh to return to the land of its forbears. Removing the rift is a whole other story, involving Deus Ex: The Fall.

twm
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twm

Man, I really love these articles. Please try to do them more often….

Mel
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Mel
Ok, so I followed the steps without much trouble except for a couple things. The batteries of my old 3DS have become intangible. When I went to take them out to have them recycled my fingers just passed right through them. They do give off quite a bit of heat, however. Also, whenever I breathe through my nose too sharply I’m pretty certain I can faintly hear old women chanting something. I can only make out one or two words before breathing in that hard makes me dizzy, but I’m pretty sure “corpuscle” is one of the words. I tried… Read more »
squirrel_killer-
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squirrel_killer-

That is a result of not having the blood of innocent enough people. Turn to page 86 in the Book of Baraqiel again and repeat the incantation backwards three times.

Beeray
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Beeray

Is there a way to do this before the moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius? I’m getting a friend a new 3DS and want to transfer his stuff for him before his birthday. Also due to the winter it is currently impossible to attain a size #n’yggEthCH’ullah weeping heart and a size #0 Phillips head screwdriver. Is there something I can substitute these with?

BAH!
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BAH!

I have to admit, my experience of transferring from my 3DS to my 2DS was nothing like this. I assumed the process would be the same for the 3DS-to-New 3DS transfer, but I guess not?

I’ll bet it’s because of the more powerful processor. I hear that makes a big difference.

squirrel_killer-
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squirrel_killer-

It’s mostly because they decided to trap the souls of the unborn in the consoles now to be more ethical than capturing and trapping the souls of children in the consoles. The unborn are less easy to work with however.

Roc
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Roc

Very funny

Joseph Dix
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Joseph Dix

Thanks!!!

This helped a lot but in the process I seem to have installed a theme that’s just a GIF of you laughing maniacally and it’s not letting me change it.

When I do try to change it I get a soundbite of you saying “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”

HayesAPD
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HayesAPD

Seems to have gone 100% okay except for the Growing Inside thing. They were always there to begin with. Long live the new flesh.

tomatoartillery
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tomatoartillery

When do I offer up the blood rites to the shrines of Iwata and Reggie??

Even Luck
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You silly man.

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