Getting a 3DS XL, but...

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    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    One question remains - Are the game saves stored on the game cards, or the SD card? I only ask because an employee at Gamestop told me that they're on the SD card. But there's something wrong about that, that can't be right; when I bought Ocarina of Time used, there was the last owner's save on there, thus negating what the employee told me.

    So now I'm conflicted, because the only thing I wish to keep are the game saves, the other files on my SD card are only MP3s, and I have no downloaded games or anyone added to my friends list (on the Wii U, I do), so I don't need a system transfer, just so set the record straight. Was I being lied to? Should I just trade it in for a 3DS XL and screw the system transfer? With all I can trade in, I'd only pay an $80 difference for a 3DS XL.
     
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    Game carts iirc.
     
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    I get the impression the dude I spoke with was either lied to or he misheard about how it's stored :P
     
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    Game carts contain the save on themselves, unless you use the 3DS backup tool to transfer cartridge -> digital, then use the official save backup tool.
     
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    I never used that tool to be honest, so they should all be on the carts I used. The only thing I'll really lose is the Mii (or whatever the 3DS avatar thing is called) no real loss. But I should probably format my SD card as it has music on it. Ugh, should have gotten an XL in the first place, but better now than never ;)
     
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    Saturosias Sakura-sō Resident

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    If they'll let you do it in-store (provided you do both transactions at once), you can do a 3DS->3DS transfer of the Mii in a few seconds.
     
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    They told me I'd have to go back and forth (two trips), first come home and transfer, then come back with the XL and get the money back after I give the 3DS up; don't really want to make two trips, and I can always make a new Mii, so no big loss IMHO ;) Don't know why I can't transfer there.


    I hope I didn't sound rude at all :( I just don't think it's worth the transfer for the Mii is all. Nothing else of value's on the card aside from MP3s; just care about the saves is all.
     
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    All they'd give you is in-store credit anyway, just a ruse to get you to give more money :P oh well, I guess it is just a Mii, after all.
     
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    I know, just don't like making extra trips is all. It's all good, and I think the trade off is worth it for a system with a bigger screen. Now I no longer have to squint ROFL. I can't believe he told me the game saves are on the SD card :rofl2:

    Do you guys think it's worth the trade?
     
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    Random question, is it true that you can't hot-swap 3DS games after you close the game but while in the system menu?
     
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    Well if you take out the cartridge when the game is only suspended not fully closed, then you get a black screen with a message that the game cart was taken out. You only option then is to press home to get back to the system menu (which takes so long I assume the system does some soft reset), or turn of the 3DS. But I don't see how this affects anything except attempts to hack the system maybe.
     
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    Okay, so only change it if I'm in the system menu and if the game's closed. Got it :P
     
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    Yeah its a bit quicker this way.
     
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    Thanks!