New Nintendo 3DS XL - 6

If you’re looking to trade your 3DS in to GameStop for a New Nintendo 3DS and want to keep your eShop content, you’ll want to know what you’re getting into ahead of time.

Just transferring your content is more painful than it should be already, and the trading process adds another layer of trouble on top.

Here’s how it works, according to a report by Polygon:

  • First, you’ll hit GameStop up for the new system – $200 without the power cable.
  • Then you’ll take your system home and go through the transfer process, which can be done via MicroSD card with a screwdriver or, if you have a few hours, over a wireless connection.
  • Next, head back to GameStop with your 3DS and the receipt for your New 3DS, though you may want to bring that along with you just in case.
  • Then, GameStop will take you through a process where your New 3DS is returned, your old one traded in for the $100 credit (or $90 if you want to keep the cable), and the new one re-purchased with the credit applied.

The New 3DS looks to be a great system. My heart will always be with the GameBoy Advance SP, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a New 3DS. This trade-in process shows, though, how frustrating and outdated Nintendo’s handling of digital content and user accounts is. It’s important to stem piracy, but this certainly isn’t the only way, and it’s definitely something Nintendo needs to think about. Regardless, you’re now prepared to trade your system in if you don’t want to give it away to some poor, Nintendo-less soul.