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Mainer82

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I've read the FAQ on Nintendo's site but my question isn't covered. Will my Virtual Console games and their saves be transferred over to my new 3DS?

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I think the saves won't but if you keep your old SD card all you need to do is the transfer, pop in your old SD card in your new 3DS(you can also copy the files to the new SD card if you won't keep the old SD, just keep in mind that you must copy on a PC and it MUST be everything if you change a single file from the old SD you might be screwed, also I heard it might take a few tries before working properly) and it will be like everything was always there right off the bat. or so I heard....

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All you do is put your SD card into the new 3DS once the transfer is done all data on the SD will work.

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Yes. Just make sure you follow instructions closely or you'll accidentally format your SD card. I'd make a back up of the data first

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Mainer82

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I'll make a backup of the old SD card before I do anything. I prefer to use the new SD card with the new system.

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Mainer82

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I just want to double check with anyone else to see if they have actually done this successfully... I want to make sure that my VC game saves are transferred.

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Mainer82 wrote:

I just want to double check with anyone else to see if they have actually done this successfully... I want to make sure that my VC game saves are transferred.

I did a transfer last year and they still work. The saves are kept on the SD card and are "transferred" through it (just like the games)

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Mainer82

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Ok, good to know. It's not a HUGE deal if I lose my LoZ game save but I'd like to keep it and not start over. I'm looking forward to this Friday to get my new XL collectors edition. I wish they made it easy to xfer Wii U to Wii U as I want to do the same thing.

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Yup, but as I said earlier, make sure you follow instructions closely (namely where to put the SD card), otherwise you'll lose it all

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Mainer82

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Is it possibly to copy the SD data from the source SD card to the Target SD on my computer, that way the game saves are there or do I have to use the older SD card in the new system?

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Mainer82 wrote:

Is it possibly to copy the SD data from the source SD card to the Target SD on my computer, that way the game saves are there or do I have to use the older SD card in the new system?

Yes you can. After the transfer, you will be able to play those games on the newer 3DS (but NOT on the older one)

All you have to do is copy and paste all folders from your SD card onto your computer. Then you copy those folders (as they were on the old SD card) to the new one. Make sure you don't add or delete any folders onto the new card.

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Mainer82

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I've performed the transfer from the 3DS to the XL. I made a copy of the source SD card. The XL has rebooted and my Mii's are there but my demos and VC games are not....

Do I just re-download the VC games and copy the source SD data to the new SD to get the game saves back?

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With the caveat that I'm very tired and my reading comprehension may be low right now (I shouldn't be posting), I'll say that I did the transfer today and all of my games were on my new system once I inserted the SD card. Now, my original SD card was much bigger than the XL's SD card, so I wasn't having to also transfer the old data to the XL's included card. So, it was just a simple matter of doing the transfer and then inserting the original SD card. It told me when to do so. I think something may have gone amiss if you're missing your games. If you took the precaution of copying your original SD card's data to your computer before you did the transfer (and I believe you said you did), I'm sure there is a way for you to get your games and saves back. In my groggy state, I'm not going to try to offer you what would probably be bad advice on how exactly to do that, though. Hopefully, someone can help.

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Mainer82

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I figured it out, I posted too soon. I copied the data from the source SD to the Target and all is there. :)

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Glad I didn't help! :D Really, glad your data is complete and working.

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