Nintendo 3DS Digital Games are Attached to the Nintendo Network Account not the 3DS

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  1. EvilMakiPR
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    Ok here's the story. Since I sold my 3DS XL I was performing a System Format cuz I read that was the only way to Unlink your 3DS to the Nintendo Network ID. So yeah I did it. After the 3DS Rebooted there was no games on it and I was thinking "Ok thats fine now I can go to the eShop and Redownload them"

    I went to the eShop>Settings/Others>Your Downloads and there was only Dinosaur Office and Swapnote.

    Ok I called Nintendo and the explained everything I did to the guy. He asked me the 3DS XL's Serial Number(In the past with that Serial Number they could see what Games you've downloaded) but he checked on the System only appeared Dinosaur Office and Swapnote. I gave him my Nintendo Club Account Info and none of the games appeared. So he asked me to Re-Link the 3DS to my Nintendo Network ID which I did. So when Linking he told me "The Games now Appear in the System". He told me to go see if the games appear in my Download List now. And Yes the games are now there and I can Redowload them even the ones that I obtained by System Transfer and Super Mario 3D Land(Nintendo Promotion earlier this year).

    The Cool thing is that I asked him if I could use this account on another 3DS and will be able to download the games from the eShop and he told me "Yes but only one 3DS can play the games".


    So there you have it. The games are linked to the Nintendo Network Account not the System. Is really awesome!


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  2. Luigi2012SM64DS

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    Great so this isn't useful at all.
     
  3. EvilMakiPR
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    Of course it is. The games are not attached to the 3DS. No need to do that awful System Transfer anymore. Why you think they'll let you download the games on every 3DS you own?
     
  4. GamerzHell9137

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    Wait wait..... so does this mean if i sell my 3DS now the game won't be saved on it?
    And if i login with the Club Nintendo account on another 3DS i can download on that one?
     
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    Yup. Well not the Club Nintendo Account but the Nintendo Network ID. But I didn't create a Network ID I used the one I created on my Wii U. So I linked my 3DS. Don't know with those that created one.
     
  6. Qtis

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    Does this mean that you have to deactivate the previous 3DS before it's usable?
     
  7. Schizoanalysis

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    So I guess that means if you have two 3DS consoles, you'll want two different Nintendo IDs? That is, if you have two download versions of the same game (i.e. Zelda Four Swords). Otherwise, they may not let you have that same game on both consoles?
     
  8. EvilMakiPR
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    All I did was a System Format on the 3DS
     
  9. EvilMakiPR
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    Only one 3DS can be Linked to a Nintendo Network ID so yeah If you have multiple 3DS you'll have to create a Different ID for each one.
     
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    Yea I don't believe you. I think you're trying to get stupid people to lose access to their games. I'm reporting you for trolling. I won't believe you til we see proof and/or get confirmation from nintendo
     
  11. Qtis

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    Does it enable to have 2 3DS activated at one time?
     
  12. EvilMakiPR
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    Dude its real I swear it. I just did it
     
  13. EvilMakiPR
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    I'll do a Video
     
  14. trumpet-205

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    Unless someone demonstrate that you can download bought games from another 3DS after you "supposedly" unlink 3DS from system format, it doesn't prove NNID is account based.

    EvilMakiPR, do you have another 3DS to test this? Do what you did before (system format), then use another 3DS to log into NNID. Can you download bought games supposedly associated with NNID, without Nintendo representative's intervention?
     
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  15. badbob001

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    So you need to do the following?
    1. System format 3DS.
    2. Connect it to the Internet so it can update Nintendo (how else would they know what is on your 3DS *now*?).
    3. Get a new 3DS.
    4. Call Nintendo to link the old account with the new 3DS? I'm guessing you need the serial numbers for the old and the new 3DS?
    5. Download purchased eshop games to new 3DS?
    This does seem rather uncertain. The Nintendo rep wasn't able to see many of the games that were attached to the serial number until the original 3DS was re-link, so this seems to imply that the games are attached to the serial number and not your account. Did you try this with a new 3DS yet?
     
  16. chartube12

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    This too! If this really worked, then it may only work under certain conditions. Like with Nintendo's help. Or it may only allow you to get your downloads back if the NNID is restored to the original 3DS. Plus how does this affect saves? Some saves are system locked right? This could cause you to be locked out of your lock_saves even after restoring the games to the same 3ds.
     
  17. EvilMakiPR
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    Uploading Video
     
  18. EvilMakiPR
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    I just did it and recorded it without Nintendo's Help.

    I havent tried the Other 3DS stuff. But will do.
     
  19. BrightNeko

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    I wonder if the digital deluxe promotion attaches to this as well some how.
     
  20. EvilMakiPR
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    Video is Up. Posted on the First Post.