Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Level-5
Release Date: 29th Aug 2014 (USA) / 28th Mar 2014 (UK/EU)

Cost: Free

The DLC for this under-appreciated crossover between Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton adds two types of content: 12 mini-scenarios (with puzzles) and an art gallery with over 60 illustrations, plus development insight. Apparently, you'll have to finish the entire game to access the DLC, though, so this one might be a bit tricky to get in time! Once you have finished the story, the DLC will appear in the menu as "Extra Content".

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)
Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 3rd Apr 2014 (USA)

Cost: The game is free, and each minigame costs between $4 and $2, based on your haggling. You can get all of the games for $16 at the very cheapest.

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is tricky to categorise, because it's technically all DLC, but it's really worth downloading to check out Nintendo's short-lived experimentation with microtransaction haggling. There are minigames in Rusty's Real Deal Baseball that you can buy, and then through playing them, you can earn items to help you lower the prices of the other minigames. Genius.

The full list of games is as follows:

  • Bat Master
  • Make The Call
  • Drop & Pop
  • The Aim Game
  • Bat & Switch
  • Feel The Glove
  • Volley Bats
  • Gear Games

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS)

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS)
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS)
Publisher: XSEED Games / Developer: XSEED Games
Release Date: 28th Feb 2017 (USA) / 13th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

Cost: $8

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is one of the best SoS games of the last decade, and its DLC only makes it better — although it's not essential. Here's what it adds to the game:

  • New bachelorette: Stephanie the Contest MC
  • New bachelor: Woofio, the contest judge who wears a dog suit
  • New events and dialogue for Stephanie and Woofio
  • New events
  • New content for festivals
  • New costumes, including ones based on Lest and Frey from Rune Factory 4
  • New dialogue from NPCs
  • The ability to have a child with Inari (the secret marriage candidate)

Note: This DLC is not available outside of North America.

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)
Publisher: Atlus
Release Date: 16th Jul 2013 (USA) / 30th Oct 2014 (UK/EU)

SMT4 has a lot of stuff that you can download into the game, largely consisting of new Challenge Quests. There were some store-specific pre-order bonuses, so we'll just skip those, since you can't get them now.

Here's the list:

Pack name Content Cost
Visage Pack Three Delivery Challenge Quests (reward: Head cosmetics) Free
White Samurai Apparel Three Delivery Challenge Quests (reward: White Samurai set) $1.00

Snake Scale Equipment

Three Delivery Challenge Quests (reward: Deity Scales set) $1.49
Experience of the Afterlife A Challenge Quest (reward: EXP items, fuse Fairy Oread) $1.99
Symbolic Equipment Three Delivery Challenge Quests (reward: Freedom Armour set) $1.00

Overlord Equipment

Three Delivery Challenge quests (reward: Demon's Skin set) $1.49

Radiant Equipment

Three Delivery Challenge quests (reward: Traje de Luces set) $1.49
Underworld Money-Maker A Challenge Quest (reward: Sale items, fuse Beast Asterius) $2.99
Death Has Its Applications A Challenge Quest (reward: App point items, fuse Fiend Plasma) $2.99
Clipped Wings 1 A Challenge Quest to defeat the Archangels Uriel and Raphael (reward: Fuse Uriel and Raphael) $2.49
Clipped Wings 2 A Challenge Quest to defeat the Archangels Gabriel and Michael (reward: Fuse Michael and Gabriel) $2.49

Ancient One of the Sun

A Challenge Quest to defeat the Ancient of Days (reward: Fuse the Ancient of Days) $2.49

The Eternal Youth

A Challenge Quest to defeat the Eternal Youth, Sanat Kumara (reward: fuse Chaos Sanat) $2.49

For The Past... For The Future

A Challenge Quest to defeat Masakago (reward: Fuse Fury Masakado's Shadow) $2.99

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StreetPass DLC games

StreetPass' DLC games might not be super useful in an era where it's near-impossible to get StreetPasses, but since you can convert steps to Play Coins, all is not lost — you can just walk around a bunch.

Here are the StreetPass games available as DLC (their titles differ across Europe and North America):

Pack One (£4.49 / €4.99 each, £13.49 / €14.99 as a bundle)

  • StreetPass Mii Force / StreetPass Squad
  • StreetPass Flower Town / StreetPass Garden
  • StreetPass Warrior's Way / StreetPass Battle
  • StreetPass Monster Manor / StreetPass Mansion
  • Read our review here!
Pack Two (£4.49 / €4.99 each, $7.99 / £7.19 together, or £6.29 if you own any of the four above)
  • StreetPass Ultimate Angler / StreetPass Fishing
  • StreetPass Battleground Z / StreetPass Zombies
  • Read our review here!
Pack Three ($2.99 / £2.69 each, or $8.99 / £8.09 for the bundle)
  • StreetPass Slot Car Rivals / StreetPass Slot Racer
  • StreetPass Market Crashers / StreetPass Trader
  • StreetPass Feed Mii / StreetPass Chef
  • StreetPass Mii Trek / StreetPass Explorers
  • StreetPass Ninja Launcher / StreetPass Ninja

Any 3DS themes

Cost: $1 (for generic themes) to $1.50 / $1.99 (for fancy themes). There are a few free ones, too.

If you've had your eye on a 3DS theme for a while — these are just cosmetic upgrades to your 3DS homepage that add backgrounds, colour changes, and sometimes audio — then what are you waiting for? Go! Buy them all while you still can!!!

Still got questions that aren't answered in our eShop closure guide? Here's an FAQ for you:

How do I get DLC on the 3DS?

Most games that offer DLC do so in-game. You can usually navigate to the DLC purchase menu from the main menu, before you start the game. It may be labelled "extra content", "downloadable content", "purchase", or something similar.

How do I get DLC on the Wii U?

Similar to Switch, just head to the game page on the store and you should find it there.

You missed out [game]!

Chances are, if there's a game missing, it's probably because you can get it (and the DLC) on Switch. Most of the time, the DLC even comes bundled with the Switch version! This includes:

In every case we can think of, we'd recommend the Switch version over the Wii U version + DLC — especially if you want generally better performance, the ability to play it handheld, and the potential of future patches. In the case of some games, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you'll also get access to the Booster Course packs!

As a reminder, we've got all the guides for navigating the Wii U and 3DS eShop closures right here:

Let us know if you have any other recommendations for must-have DLC packs on the 3DS or Wii U!