Submitted by PaPa-Slam 822d ago | opinion piece

Talking Point: It's Time for a 3DS Storage Upgrade From Nintendo

Nintendo Life: When the 3DS was launched, it didn't even have an eShop to enjoy, and even after the online store arrived the pack-in 2GB SD card seemed perfectly adequate. With a mix of Game Boy Virtual Console titles, the odd 3D Classic and the first flashes of download-only titles from third parties, the number of blocks offered up by the included storage was enough for even the most enthusiastic of early adopters. (3DS)

Root  +   822d ago
I think they need to announce a new redesigned 3DS at E3....3DS Lite with the second circle pad and everything
shivvy24  +   821d ago
i doubt the second circle pad will be included , its just like the psp
3-4-5  +   821d ago
Isn't the regular 3DS the "lite" version anyway. I have one and I love it, but I if I buy another one it would definitely be an XL.

I can't see too many people wanting to downgrade in size again just for the extra analog stick.
PopRocks359  +   822d ago
I assume they mean what gets packed into the system? Makes sense considering that game sizes are getting larger and larger. I heard Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has a massive file size.

That said the system itself is fine. I believe a firmware update made it compatible with 128GB SD cards. I may get one if my 32GB ever runs low.
AdvanceWarsSgt  +   821d ago
Yeah, I'd say instead of increasing the onboard memory, it would be better to pack each 3DS with a bigger SD card (8-16 GB instead of 2-4 GB)
stragomccloud  +   821d ago
What's the big deal? Buy a bigger SD card! I mean, Nintendo went with standard SD cards, so they are really cheap.
Standard 32 gb SD cards are around $25.
Grimicyn  +   821d ago
Ya, the SD cards are so cheap, there really isn't an issue.

I just picked up a 3ds and was thinking of going digital until I called customer service. Your downloaded titles are tied to the system, not an account. So if you delete your game, lose your system (it happens), or want to free up space for another, you cannot download it again. You have to call them and the tech said under special circumstances, they allow you to download it again. Until Nintendo goes the route Sony/Microsoft go, I am sticking to retail hard copies.
deafdani  +   821d ago
Not completely true. If you lose the system, yes, you lost the games forever. However, if you delete any of your games, you can always redownload them again from the eShop, as many times as you want.
Grimicyn  +   821d ago
Really? That is not what the rep told me. I got super mario 3d world as part of a promotion and he said if I delete it, it is gone. Is there a download history for games you purchase?
TwinDad  +   821d ago

Not directly in front of my system, but it is buried.

You have to go to the store, then settings/other. Scroll, there is a purchase history (could be called download history).
deafdani  +   821d ago
@Grimicyn: yes, really. If the rep told you that, then he has no idea what he's talking about. As long as it's the same system (be that a Wii, a DSi, a 3DS or a Wii U), you can redownload the content from their respective shops as many times as you want.

As TwinDad above me pointed out, in the 3DS's case, it's in the settings/other button in the eShop. That button is located at the far left, if I remember correctly.
Interface23  +   821d ago
Grim, if you delete the game it's still available for redownload from the eShop but ONLY on that system
MilkMan  +   821d ago
Thing is, Nintendo needs a unified system. A way to know that my account, not the device bought certain games so I can do with it as I please. Bring my games to another device, WiiU whatever.
This would go leaps and bounds into taking their network strategy seriously.

Other than that, yes the a big enough memory card can be used.

Sad thing I have my 16 gig filled to capacity. Bummer.
Williamson  +   821d ago
I can understand not having a second circle pad since it would end up pissing off a lot of early adopters, but it would make many games so much more enjoyable. Replaying psp titles with a second analog stick makes them feel like completely new games.
MasterCornholio  +   821d ago
Completely agree. Having a second stick improves camera controls by a large margin and it surprises me that Nintendo ignored developers by not including a second circle pad with the system. I know the 3DS is the dominant handheld in the market but its poorly designed in comparison to the Vita.


I understand why Sony went with a proprietary format instead of an SD card. But there is no excuse for the prices of their memory cards nor the fact that the Vita doesn't come with one.

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Servbot41  +   821d ago
At least Nintendo gives you a free SD card and uses a widely accepted, cheap format, unlike Sony.
mamotte  +   821d ago
Maybe a little off topic but, I want to buy a new SD card for my 3DS, to take all the info to the new SD, Do I need an special app or something? Or copy-paste in a PC will work?
BeZdaBest  +   821d ago
i just copied everything on my 3ds to my computer..

then i inserted the the SD cards into the 3ds and formatted that...

then i copied everything off my computer to the formatted SD card...

pop it in the 3ds and it should work..

at no point did i delete the original.. just in case

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