Guide: Using Miiverse And The Nintendo Network ID On Your 3DS
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Unified eShop Funds
A key feature of this update is that it will unify your eShop funds between the 3DS and Wii U equivalents. When logging into the eShop it will connect to your Nintendo Network ID — automatically if you told the system to remember your details previously — and your funds should now be combined into one. Moving forward adding funds in one platform will apply across both systems.
When first completing setup any credit card details stored on the system will be wiped, so you'll need to set these up again. In our case, when logging into the 3DS eShop — as we linked to our Wii U ID — it automatically recognised and applied the Club Nintendo login from the Wii U eShop account — those creating a brand new Nintendo Network ID will be prompted to re-link their Club Nintendo account, as the settings are lost in the process of applying the ID.
As you can see in the screen below, both eShop platforms will now share the same funds; prior to the update our Wii U account was empty, while our 3DS equivalent had £1.42.
StreetPass Plaza Update
There is also an update for StreetPass Plaza which takes it to version 3.3. The update is relatively short but makes no noticeable different to the app; as it visibly connects to the Nintendo Network ID we suspect this is merely implementing the ID data into the app.
Other Changes from the Update
As noted in Nintendo's change-log on the previous page, three other changes have been implemented.
- Notifications will now appear when software updates are available.
- The camera is now accessed by pressing both L and R simultaneously when on the home screen.
- Most importantly, the 3DS system transfer limit has now been lifted, meaning that if you change 3DS models frequently you can complete as many system transfers as required.
We will add to this section based on your enquiries, so hit us up in the comments below and we'll deal with as many questions as we can. In the meantime below are the details from our previous guide, as well as some extras.
What does the Nintendo Network ID do, and why does it benefit me to have one on my 3DS?
The Nintendo Network ID is basically an online identity, like a 'Gamertag' on Xbox Live or PSN. It allows you to post to Miiverse on your 3DS console and also combine your Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop balances, allowing you to spend the credit across two services. In the future, you'll be able to use your ID to sign into other systems — for example, it can already be used to post to the web version of Miiverse.
I already have a Nintendo Network ID on my Wii U. Can I use this on my 3DS?
Absolutely! You'll be asked to sign into your 3DS using the same ID as the one you have on your Wii U. Be careful, though — to ensure that both consoles connect using the same ID, you'll have to enter your username exactly as it appears on the Wii U. Any mistake here will result in another ID being created, so double-check that everything matches up.
Can I register more than one Nintendo Network ID on the same 3DS system, like with the Wii U?
No, you can't. The 3DS can only accept a single Nintendo Network ID, which means if you share your system with other members of your family, you'll need to be careful — they could potentially spend all your eShop credit (and not just the credit you use on your 3DS, but on your Wii U as well, as the balances will be combined) and could also post offensive or inane gibberish to Miiverse. If ever there was a good argument for everyone having their own 3DS console, this is it.
I have multiple 3DS systems, can I use the same Nintendo Network ID on them all?
No, you can only link your Nintendo Network ID to one Wii U and one 3DS. You'll need separate Nintendo Network IDs for each 3DS / 2DS.
What if I get a Wii U in future, will I be able to use the Nintendo Network ID that I setup on 3DS?
Yes. When setting up a New User on a Wii U there is an option called "Add User from an Existing Nintendo Network ID", which prompts you put in that ID and then further details. You can use your existing ID this way, with the limitation that the ID can only be used on one 3DS and one Wii U.
I've previously transferred my 3DS content from one system to another using the System Transfer process. Can I still do this with a Nintendo Network ID?
Yes, you can. The process is pretty much the same as before — all of your content jumps from one console to the other — but there's an additional caveat this time around. If the console you're moving to already has a Nintendo Network ID associated with it, you'll need to delete that first before you make the transfer.
How do I delete a Nintendo Network ID from my 3DS?
The only way to remove an ID from the 3DS without impacting its usage on a Wii U is with a system format, which wipes everything. You can remove an ID through the "Delete Nintendo Network ID" option found in "Nintendo Network ID Settings" — this can be found in system settings. Yet this seems to remove the ID entirely, thereby removing it from your Wii U as well; this isn't advised.
Will the Nintendo Network ID remember my purchases if I sign in with it on another 3DS console?
Not at this stage, no. The ID is currently used to give your system an identity on the network, allowing you to post to services such as Miiverse. It does not currently allow you to tie your purchases to it and move them to other systems — system transfers still require both pieces of hardware (the host and the target systems) to be present when moving content across. There's a good chance that bringing the Nintendo Network ID to the 3DS is the first step towards adopting such a system, but this is obviously speculation at the moment.
I've been changing regions on my 3DS in order to access other eShops from the same territory (such as PAL). Will I be able to do this when the Nintendo Network ID is in place?
Sadly not. Your Nintendo Network ID will be tied to a certain country or region, which means you can't switch. If you have amassed currencies for several different regions, then these will be lost when you create your Nintendo Network ID — the only balance that will remain is the one of your specified region.
I bought eShop games from multiple regions, will I lose this content when I set up a Network ID?
As long as the software in question is available in the ID's set region, you will retain the copy (or license, as Nintendo terms it) and be able to re-download in future. If the game in question isn't available in your ID's region however, you will not be able to access the content.
Will my Club Nintendo account still be linked to the eShop after setting up the Network ID?
The process wipes out the Club Nintendo link with the eShop. Once you re-establish the link, however, all of your transaction history, points etc will transition across and carry on as normal.
Can I opt out of the Nintendo Network ID system on my 3DS?
It would appear not. You are asked to create (or register) a Nintendo Network ID on your 3DS even if you're just downloading free content. It would appear that Nintendo wants every 3DS and Wii U owners to have an ID — which is a positive thing, as it means moving forward it will be easier to introduce more improvements to the online service, such as accounts which remember your purchases, and so on.
Can I post screenshots for any game on Miiverse?
The screenshot posting option is only available for games with a specific community on the platform; this is currently limited to a little over 20 titles. We would hope that, like Miiverse on Wii U, more communities will be added in time; if you want to know how to post screenshots for eligible games, we've explained the process at the end of page one.
Can I see 3DS Miiverse communities on my Wii U?
Yes, 3DS communities are visible on the Wii U and browser-based Miiverse service, and the Wii U communities are also visible on the 3DS. See the previous page for details of where these can be found.
Will my 2DS have all of these features?
Yes, a 2DS has the same capabilities as a 3DS, with the exception of the 3D screen. Whenever we refer to 3DS updates like this, the exact same applies to the 2DS.
Can I use the web version of Miiverse with my 3DS Nintendo Network ID?
Yes, a Nintendo Network ID on the 3DS (brand new or linked) has the same access to Miiverse as one originally setup on a Wii U.
Give us your questions below and we'll update this FAQ frequently.