The December 3DS system update comes, bearing gifts.
There’s only a handful of weeks left before Nintendo distributes the long-awaited December 3DS firmware update, which will incorporate a host of new features. Miiverse, a consolidated Wii U and 3DS eShop account system, and the addition of the Nintendo Network system — all the key points of interest associated with the Nintendo 3DS software update.
How will this 3DS “Nintendo Network” function since friend codes are already being utilized? To put it simply, 3DS Friend Codes will be a thing of the past. The implementation of the Nintendo Network onto Nintendo’s handheld lineup will make for a much more efficient and streamlined system, allowing Nintendo to deliver a better overall user experience for its consumers.
There’s a few important question/answers about this new system, however. Some of the new improvements can potentially have a significantly different affect on 3DS users, depending on how they’re currently using their portable device. Nintendo have recently published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that explains some of the key points that 3DS owners can expect to see with next month’s system update.
What is a Nintendo Network ID?
A Nintendo Network ID is an ID required to use Nintendo’s network services. On Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS, registration will be necessary to download free software or demos on Nintendo eShop and to use Miiverse.
What are the benefits of registering a Nintendo Network ID?
You will be able to share your in-game experiences, game screenshots and more with other users on Miiverse. In addition, if you have a Nintendo Network ID on Wii U, you will be able to register the same ID on your Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS. This will consolidate your funds on each system into a shared balance.
Can I register the same Nintendo Network ID on more than one Nintendo 3DS system?
No, this is not possible. Your Nintendo Network ID is tied to your software and/or additional content you have purchased and downloaded. As the rights of usage for software you have purchased apply only to a single Nintendo 3DS family system, you can only register your Nintendo Network ID on one system.
If I have registered a Nintendo Network ID on my Nintendo 3DS, can I transfer it to a new system?
If you have registered a Nintendo Network ID on a Nintendo 3DS family system, you can transfer this to a new system along with the usage rights to data saved on your SD card, Nintendo DSiWare, your Nintendo eShop user history and balance, any save data from software pre-installed on the system, and Nintendo DS software settings.
However, please note that if the target system already has a Nintendo Network ID registered on it, you will be unable perform a system transfer.
If I transfer from a console with a Nintendo Network ID registered to a console that has pre-intsalled software on the SD card, what happens to the pre-installed software?
Pre-installed software on the SD card can be re-downloaded from the Nintendo eShop after a system transfer is performed.