Did you know: The 3DS can actually read URLS from a QR code?

Discussion in '3DS - Games & Content' started by RedJiggly, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. RedJiggly

    RedJiggly GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    I believe there are not many people yet who know this. And that's a shame, because it can prove helpful in some cases.(for instance, if you have this extremely long URL pointing to a certain image, you can create a QR code for it and make the 3DS scan it.)

    How it works:

    1. Go to the home screen of your 3DS
    2. Press the L or R button, to go to the "quick camera mode"
    3. Press the QR button on the touch screen.
    4. Scan a QR code with the camera, for instance, this one:

    5. The 3DS will ask you if you want to start your web browser. If you click "Yes" it will go to the website in of the QR code.

    This QR code scanner is, as far as I was able to tell, only able to scan URL QR codes and Mii QR codes(in this case, it will give you a message telling that you should scan it from the Mii Maker). Pushmo, Pyramids, and other QR codes will give a "This QR code is not supported" message.(they can obviously be scanned properly from within the respective applications)

    I also tried reading a normal text-QR code, but the 3DS will chop it off after the first space (so "hello world!" will become "hello") and also make the 3DS think that it is an URL. This QR code scanner is also unable to read other sizes of QR code.

    But more tests need to be done =D.

    You can create your own QR codes and try them out on many places on the web, such as here

    Try it out!

  2. xxNathanxx

    xxNathanxx GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    New Caledonia
    No shit, its only purpose is URLs.
  3. frogboy

    frogboy lacking both style and grace

    Dec 6, 2011
    United States
    I knew about it, but never had a use for it. Hopefully Nintendo will do more with that feature later, I LOVE scanning QR codes! :lol:
  4. Mindzpeed

    Mindzpeed GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    Wasnt this the main purpose of the qr codes?
  5. Fyrus

    Fyrus Artilleur Carmin

    Jul 6, 2010
    Marseille - France
    I use it often to redirect my friends to actual .mpo files on the internet.

    It's better than making them search for it.
  6. elisherer

    elisherer I ♥ 3DS

    Dec 16, 2009
    there are new eshop links as well looks like eshop://0000;0000 something like that...
  7. astrangeone

    astrangeone GBAtemp Addict

    Dec 1, 2009
    Helpful and that QR generator site is greatly helpful for me too. (I just made one for our gay-straight alliance group.)
  8. feross26

    feross26 Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    United States
    thats cool..i learn new things about my 3ds everyday!
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