In 2018, to those of you plan to buy a 3DS or a New 2DS/3DS XL and the ones who just get one of them, please read this 3DS FAQ article to know better on your console, to make fully use of it, even to hack it to play free games, run homebrews or install custom firmwares!
3DS FAQ-Which to buy?
1. Is it worthy to buy a 3DS in 2018?
In terms of games and price, yes, Nintendo 3DS and other 3DS firmware consoles are worthy to buy even in 2018. As a Pokemon/Mario/Zelda/Monster Hunter/Fire Emblem/Animal Crossing/Kirby/Youkai Watch game fan, you will be very happy to get a 3DS handheld to play the games. Nearly all of the hot video game series get a list of games on Nintendo 3DS. All in all, the 3DS is famous for its vast and amazing game library. You even can play the old DS games on 3DS/NEW 3DS (XL)/2DS/NEW 2DS XL machines.
As for the price, 3DS is also attractive, each 3ds firmware device is within price range from 87$ to $199, the cheapest one is the original 2DS while the most expensive one is the Nintendo New 3ds XL. None of them is too expensive to buy for playing over 1000 3ds games and 5000+ ds games, you can choose a suitable 3ds gaming machine according to your own need and situation.
2. What’re the differences between an original 3DS, 3DS XL, 2DS, New 3DS, New 3DS XL or NEW 2DS XL?
Here is a chart to show you some basic differences and similarities on all of these 3DS family models. Like I said above, there isnopreferance. Just choose one based on your own need and budget
|3DS||3DS XL||2DS||New 3DS||New 3DS XL||New 2DS XL|
|2D or 3D?||2D and 3D||2D and 3D||2D only||2D and 3D||2D and 3D||2D only|
|Plays 3DS games||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Plays DS games||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Top screen size||3.53in||4.88in||3.53in||3.88in||4.88in||4.88in|
|NFC/Amiibo reader||Sold separately||Sold separately||Sold separately||Built-in||Built-in||Built-in|
|SD card included||2GB SD||4GB SD||2GB SD||4GB microSD||4GB microSD||4GB microSD|
|Charger included||Yes||Sold separately||Yes||Sold separately||Sold separately||Yes|
3. Should you get a 3DS or a Nintendo Switch?
Currently, Nintendo Switch is just supporting a small number of games and it is not backward compatible, the price is not cheap as a 3DS at all. So currently, we will recommend you Nintendo 3DSnot the Nintendo Switch. Maybe 2 or 3 years later, the better choice will be a Nintendo Switch.
4. Should you buy a 3DS or 2DS XL for your kid?
Yes, the 3DS is a good gift for your kids, it is easy to handle,canbeuse to play games on the go and support many games very suitable for little children. No matter you have a girl or a boy, the Nintendo 3DS machine is proper to buy for him or her.
3DS FAQ-On Software
5. What’s the 3DS firmware version and how to check?
The Nintendo 3DS system software is a set of updatable firmware versions and software frontend on the Nintendo 3DS family of video game consoles. Updates, which are downloaded via the system’s Internet connection, allow Nintendo to add and remove features and software. All updates also include all changes from previous updates. Now, the latest version is V11.6.0-39, you can check your system version by this method.
- Select the System Settings icon on the HOME Menu, and tap “Open.”
- The system’s menu version will be displayed on the bottom right of the upper screen.
- Click here to find most recent system menu version.
6. Is the 3DS region-locked?
Sadly, the 3DS is region-locked. Games for the original DS are not affected, so you can play DS games from any region on the 3DS. However, you can only play your 3ds host region games on your 3DS/3DS XL/2DS/NEW 3DS/NEW 3DS XL/NEW 2DS XL machines. That’s to say, if you have a 3DS V11.6.0-39u console, you can only play US 3ds games.
7. What software is included on the 3DS?
AR Games, Face Raiders, StreetPass Mii Plaza and Mii Maker.
8. What is 3DS Virtual Console?
The Virtual Console is a service for the Nintendo 3DS similar to the Virtual Console on the Wii, found on the Nintendo eShop. With it, players can download Game Boy and Game Boy Color games such as Super Mario Land and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX onto their Nintendo 3DS. Other games will come from other portable systems like Sega’s Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16.
9. What is StreetPass?
StreetPass allows two people who pass each other with their 3DSes in sleep mode (and wireless enabled) to exchange data for a variety of purposes. The Mii of the person you StreetPassed appears in your Mii Plaza, from which you can play a variety of in-built StreetPass games together. Additional StreetPass games are available for purchase in-app. StreetPass also interacts with many 3DS games, with different benefits for each game. StreetPass is indicated by the green indicator light or a green circle beside a software that you have StreetPassed in.
10.What is SpotPass?
SpotPass is a feature where your 3DS downloads data for your games from the internet while it is in sleep mode. SpotPass is indicated by the blue indicator light or a blue circle beside a software that you have SpotPassed in.
11. What is Download play?
One of the most overlooked features of the 3DS – and one that it shares with its DS predecessor – is Download Play, the ability to play local multiplayer using one copy of a game. The gameplay experience is sometimes a little stripped down, but it’s a great feature, especially when friends and families get together for the holidays.
Download Play isn’t as ubiquitous on the 3DS as it was on the original DS, but it is included in many of Nintendo’s first-party titles, plus a few more besides.
12. How do I organize my 3DS software into folders?
Select an empty space on your 3DS menu. “Create Folder” should be an option at the bottom of the screen.
13. What games are free to play on 3DS in 2018?
Currently, the following games are available on the eShop for free: Steel Diver: Sub Wars, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, Pokemon Shuffle, Pokemon Rumble World, Pokemon Picross, Nintendo Video, Swapnote (Letter Box in Europe) and Eurosport (Europe only).
14. What are some good 3DS games to play?
Till to now in 2018, we recommend you those games.
- Pokémon Sun and Moon
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
- Ever Oasis
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Hey Pikmin!
- Mario Golf World Tour
- Monster Hunter Generations
- Super Mario Maker 3DS
- Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
- Animal Crossing New Leaf
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Mario Kart 7
- Luigi’s Mansion 2
- Mario Party Star Rush
15. Is the Circle Pad Pro required for any 3DS games?
No. It may improve your gaming experience on the games that support it though.
3DS FAQ-On Hardware
16. My hinge is loose/screen looks greasy/bottom screen is causing severe scratches to my top screen/etc. What can I do?
All 3DS hinges should have some amount of wobble to them. Most New 3DS hinges can slide slightly. Otherwise, send it in for repairs. As long as your 3DS is under a year old, your 3DS should be under warranty. If you make a thread about hardware issuesthatis covered here, you will inevitably be told to contact Nintendo and your thread will be removed.
17. I want a new SD card. How do I upgrade?
With a card reader for PC, copy all of your files off of your old card to a folder. Then copy them onto your new card. For more info, check herehttp://www.reddit.com/r/3DS/wiki/sdcard.
18. How do I connect to a public WiFi network that requires me to sign in on a browser?
You’ll need an intermediary connection (like a mobile phone that can tether you). Try this guide
3DS/2DS XL FAQ-Game Compatibility
19. Will DS games work on the 3DS?
Yes! The 3DS isfullybackwards compatible with the entire Nintendo DS library. Note, however, that 3DS games will not work on any DS systems. Also any DS game that requires an accessory that plugs into the GBA slot will not work, as the 3DS has no GBA slot.
20. Will GBA and SNES games work on the 3DS or NEW 3DS or 2DS XL?
No, the GBA and SNES game cartridges are not working for 3DS or NEW 3DS or 2DS XL consoles. But you can play some GB, GBC, NES and Sega Game Gear games through the 3DS virual console. And if you buy a Nitnendnew 3ds or new 3ds xl console, you can even play Super NES games,
21. Will Nintendo Switch games be plaued on 3DS NEW 2DS?
No,it’s not possible.
3DS/2DS XL FAQ-How to hack?
22. Is the 3DS can be hacked in 2018 and what’s the most secure&simple way?
Yes! The 3DS and NEW 3DS XL and 2DS XL are fully hacked by different means in 2018. The mainly 3 are flashcards, 3ds homebrew exploits and 3ds cfws. The most secure&simple way to jailbreak a 3DS is choosing the flashcard, because they can be installed on your 3DS, NEW 3DS XL or NEW 2DS device with easy and few steps, they are not adding or changing anything in your 3DS system, so for you the 3DS newbies, we suggest you to choose the flashcard to hack a 3DS to play free games and do other things. How to hack a 3DS or a NEW 2DS XL in 2018 to play free DS and 3DS games?\
You need one flashcard for 3DS. That’s the Stargate 3ds, it is playing both DS and 3DS games on your any 3DS with all firmware version. In addition, it is plug and play. You only need to download 3ds roms to the Stargate flashcart, so you can play free 3ds games on your 3DS. In order to play ds games, you also just need to download DS Files and DS games from the official site to the card, then you can play free NDS games via this 3ds flashcard too. In a word, in 2018, if you want to play free DS and 3DS games in 2018, just buy a Stargate 3ds card. How to crack any 3DS to install CFW or Homebrews to play free games?
Cheap 3DS R4 cards with NTRboothax compatibility is the perfect choice. On one hand, they can support users to play free DS Roms on any DS or 3DS firmware console. On the other hand, they let buyers to install Boot9strap/3DS CFW to their consoles. So they can use homebrews and play 3ds games via CIA format on 3DS too. Currently, the best R4 card supports NTRboothax is R4I GOLD 3DS PLUS.
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