I’ve been all about my 3DS lately. Between Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Etrian Odyssey IV, I’ve been getting a ton of mileage on the little handheld.
Just recently I found that I needed to delete some titles to clear up space for Shin Megami Tensei IV. I hate when that happens! Part of the problem may be the sheer number of Animal Crossing: New Leaf screenshots I take. It’s just a photogenic game, ya know?
Anyway, seeing as how the 3DS is still young, I decided now would be a good time to upgrade my 3DS XL’s SD card. It was super easy, inexpensive, and rewarding.
You see, unlike the Vita, the 3DS doesn’t have a proprietary (and overpriced) memory stick: you can use any SD or SDHD card. I happened to find a great deal on a 32 GB SDHD card, which is way more room than I have now. Approximately 8 times in fact.
Here is everything you’ll need:
- A computer that can read an SD/SDHD card. My MacBook Pro has a build in SD card reader, which is ideal. I think a lot of modern machines have these standard so this step shouldn’t be a problem.
- A new SD/SDHD card of a higher capacity than the one you have now… (duh). My 3DS XL came with a 4 GB card, while the normal 3DS includes a 2 GB SD card.
- It’s important to note that the biggest compatible size for any 3DS is 32 GB SDHD so don’t go buying anything larger.
- Your existing 3DS with the included SD card (also: duh).
And here are the shocklingly simple steps to swapping them:
- First, power off your 3DS. (Removing your SD card before turning the power off can corrupt your data. Let’s avoid this, yeah?)
- Remove the SD card from your device. The SD port is on the right-hand side if you’re looking at your 3DS XL, the left if you have the standard 3DS. You may need to pop a little protective plastic bit off to get to it.
- Insert the removed SD card into your computer’s SD card reader.
- Copy the contents into a folder on your machine.
- Properly eject the SD card and insert the new one.
- Copy the contents of the newly created folder (but not the folder itself) onto the new SD card.
- Properly eject the new SD card and insert it into your 3DS.
- Power on your 3DS, go to System Settings, and scope our your obscene number of blocks now available to you:
Ho, baby: over 200,000 blocks. I can fit about 15 more digital versions of Shin Megami Tensei IV now! Note to self: delete fucking Dinosaur Office.
And even if you don’t buy digital games, beefing up your console’s storage is good for screenshots, DLC, save files, and more. So if you’re like me and you hate managing the software on your consoles, you may want to consider dropping a new SD card into your 3DS.