Downloading games!

#1invaderofdarkPosted 3/1/2013 11:16:55 AM
If I were to download a game like gates to infinity on the 25th, and something happened to my 3ds, would I be able to get my game on another 3ds system or would it be lost forever? No rude comments please. Thank you.
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#2esoteric42Posted 3/1/2013 11:22:07 AM
It depends on what something happens to your 3ds.

As example:

If you lose your 3DS, you lose your game (obvious).

If your 3ds breaks, you get it repaired, you keep your game.

The moral of the story is keep an eye on your stuff so no one steals it.

No, the game is not tied to an account outside of the handheld itself.
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#3powerade911Posted 3/1/2013 11:22:56 AM
It will be lost forever. You could call Nintendo about the situation though.
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#4KurenoPosted 3/1/2013 11:28:51 AM
If you registered your 3DS/have your serial# written down somewhere, Nintendo might be able to help in the event of a lost/stolen machine. So the story goes.

Nevermind the oft-overlooked angle where if your 3DS was stolen with a physical copy in it, it's gone just as if it was a digital one. Guess which version you definitely won't get Nintendo to even consider replacing?
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#5invaderofdark(Topic Creator)Posted 3/1/2013 11:38:26 AM
if i download the game, will it be downloaded on the sd card or the system?
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#6ares9090Posted 3/1/2013 11:45:04 AM(edited)
invaderofdark posted...
if i download the game, will it be downloaded on the sd card or the system?


SD Card

EDIT: But you can't use that data on a different system, the system will not recognize it.

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#7mario mastaPosted 3/3/2013 10:23:17 AM
Ok, so if one were to register everything with club Nintendo, Nintendo would have no problem restoring a downloaded game in the event of a broken 3DS? Also, can you even register downloaded games? I bought the 3DS with MK7 installed but don't know how to register MK7.
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#8BowtiesAreCoolPosted 3/3/2013 10:35:01 AM
What happens if I buy a bigger SD card? Can I transfer the game and data?
#9rick alveradoPosted 3/3/2013 11:39:50 AM
Downloaded games are saved to the SD card, but only the 3DS that downloaded it can access it.

Games are tied to an account, BUT the account is tied to the system. You can transfer it to another 3DS as long as you still have the 3DS.

If it breaks then you can send it in to Nintendo. They will fix it if they can, and replace it with a new one if they can't. If you're still under warranty it will be free, but if not it will cost money.

If it is stolen, and you send Nintendo a police report, then they can transfer it to a new 3DS. You will need your serial number for this, and while I don't know if it's required, you should preferably have a Club Nintendo account.

If it's lost, well then you're kind of screwed, unless you lie and say it was stolen.

As for Club Nintendo, you connect your eShop account to your Club Nintendo account and all of your purchases will be registered automatically.
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#10rick alveradoPosted 3/3/2013 11:43:15 AM
Oh, I knew I was missing something.

Transferring to a new SD Card is easy. You put the SD Card into your computer, or SD Card Reader. Drag everything off of it, onto the computer. Take out the SD Card and put in the new SD Card. Drag everything off the computer onto the new SD Card. Done.

That's for moving over everything. If you want to move over just some games, well that's trickier, because the games aren't nicely named on the SD Card, and you have to use a guess and check method to determine which file is which game. I recommend against doing this.
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