Yeah... I'm just in denial due to my dislike of digital games on the 3DS. When the NNID comes for the 3DS, I better be able to link the digital copy to it.
Yeah Nintendo really don't know how to do digital. :S Hopefully they'll fix it soon.
It's quite embarrassing because it's not a simple case of Nintendo being behind the times. Sony's PSN system is much better and has been around for like 8 years now. So they're behind old times too. :/
Why? Because I can give a cartridge to a friend/relative when I'm really done with the game. Or lend it to them if I trust them... or.. I dunno, use it in another 3DS if something happens to mine? Sure there's the system transfer option, but you should REALLY be able to just sign in to your eShop account and be able to play your digital copies off your SD card.