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In the first year of the Nintendo 3DS, a free 2 GB SD card (over 13,000 Open Blocks) that was included when the system that held in your hands for the every first time was all you need when dealing mostly on Virtual Console titles on the Nintendo eShop. Since the start of the second year, The Nintendo eShop is becoming more storage hungry with 3D games such as this week’s upcoming Order Up!! which requires 310 megabytes (2,485 Open Blocks) since the game is technically a retail title and features 2 save files. Of course, digital retail will soon be available which a 2 GB SD Card won’t be enough. Even if you’re a 3DS owner who prefers physical retail copies, will a 2 GB SD card be enough for at least one more year?

I have manifested some ideas for those who want to continue using their free SD card.


It used to be simpler.


[Number 1] Get Rid of Nintendo Video

If you have Nintendo Video on your home screen and find the application unsatisfying, then get rid of it and you’ll be rewarded with 2,479 return Open Blocks when deleting both Software and Extra Data from the System Settings. Nintendo 3DS have better video content on then Nintendo eShop.


[Number 2] Over 7,000 Open Blocks Remaining

If you have less than 7,000 Open Blocks right now and a 3DS owner who mostly invested on the Nintendo eShop, you can forget it. Most wanted eShop titles are approaching fast such as Marvel Pinball 3D, Cave Story+, Bit Boy!! Arcade, escapeVektor, Planet Crashers, Unchained Blades, and the list go on and on by developers who know how to make satisfying downloadable experiences. With the release of the Nintendo Network, there will be more DLC and Updates to be worrying about that requires extra Blocks. We should also be expecting (hopefully) First-Party titles on the service as well that are not applications (hopefully).


Bottom line, it’s worth investing on a higher SD card now. Most Nintendo adopters had enough with limiting their gaming content. “Cleaning out the fridge,” a method on a similar issue for the Nintendo Wii, will not work for the Nintendo 3DS because deleting the software “channel” will also delete your save data for that software. Yes, it is unfortunate that you have to redownload your entire well worth digital purchases on your newly purchase SD card. However, there are fortunate methods such as transferring to a different 3DS and transfer them all back into the new SD card or you could keep both SD cards and switching them according to your urges for 3DS previous year or the future. Let's be clear, Nintendo 3DS wouldn't survive without the constantly evolving Nintendo eShop.

Will you be getting a new SD card for your Nintendo 3DS? Leave your welcoming thoughts on the comment section below.

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I just receive an early Birthday present, a 16 GB SD card Smile

It was on sale at retail for $20 Surprised
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@KingreX32 wrote:32 gig would last you forever

Is that a bet? Very Happy

If the retail games are 2gb each it could be quite easy to fill up a 32gb card.
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Well currently. Ever since I got my wii ive had a 4 gig card in there. Its not even full yet.
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I just replaced it with an 8 GB card.
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@KingreX32 wrote:Well currently. Ever since I got my wii ive had a 4 gig card in there. Its not even full yet.

The Wii never had full retail games to download but that will change soon and it will be nice to carry all the good games without dealing with all the cards on hand.
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2 Gigabytes is nowhere near enough with the arrival of retail downloads Neutral
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i guess you need to upgrade then. Next paycheque im getting a 16gig
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I just use my SD card for VC games so I don't think I need to worry about running out of space on my SD card. Besides I don't know how to transfer what I have on my SD card to another SD card if I were to get one.
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@Tasuki wrote:Besides I don't know how to transfer what I have on my SD card to another SD card if I were to get one.
It couldn't be simpler if you have access to a computer. Simply copy everything from the old SD Card to a PC, then copy everything from the PC to the new SD Card. You should be in business with your new SD Card in very little time and with minimal fuss. Wink

As for the topic at hand...if I do decide to climb aboard the S.S. Retail Download, I'll likely opt for a larger SD Card. Either 32GB or 64GB should be more than ample since most retail 3DS games are planned to be well below the 1GB mark.
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