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How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS


You should get yourself ready for the chance that you will have to do a factory reset on your Nintendo 3DS at some point in the future. It’s possible that you’ve made the decision to get rid of it, however it’s also feasible that you simply desire a fresh start. In any scenario, the process is straightforward and uncomplicated. The steps to take are as described below.

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How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

1: Make Sure It’s Connected to Wi-Fi

If you have your Nintendo Network ID attached to your Nintendo 3DS, in order to perform a factory reset on the console, you will first need to ensure that the system is connected to the internet. Only then will the NNID be able to be disconnected from the 3DS.

Therefore, if you do not already have a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) signed into your 3DS, you do not need to worry about this step. If you choose to do so, however, you will first need to check that it is properly attached.

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

When you try to reset the system, it will do this for you automatically, but you can also do it yourself by going into the Settings menu (that’s the wrench icon in the list of loaded games and applications) and selecting “Internet Settings.” This will do it before you ever try to reset the system.

2: Factory Reset

It is time to do a factory reset on it once you have confirmed that it is linked to a Wi-Fi network. To begin, tap the icon that looks like a wrench located at the bottom of the home screen to access the Settings menu.

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

Tap on the “Other Settings” option once you’re here.

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

To format the system memory, go all the way to the very last screen and select “Format System Memory.”

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

It will inquire as to whether or not you are all set to connect to the internet. Tap “OK.”

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

After a brief period of time during which the connection is being established, a cautionary message will appear on your screen informing you that all of your data will be wiped clean. Tap the “Next” button when you are ready to proceed to the next step.

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

On this screen, you will be informed that the Nintendo Network ID associated with this device will be delinked. To proceed, select “Next.”

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

If you want to link your NNID to a new 3DS system, you will need to complete a system transfer, which should be communicated to you on the final page of the setup process. Tap the “Format” button if you are prepared to format the system.

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo 3DS

That brings us to the end. You are now able to set up your Nintendo 3DS from the ground up or sell it so that someone else can enjoy it.


How to delete a Nintendo eShop Account?

Choose Nintendo eShop from the list of options on the HOME menu of the console. Keep scrolling to the left until you reach the “Settings / Other” option. Simply scroll down and click the “Delete Account” button. Choose “Delete,” then pick “Enter Serial Number” from the drop-down menu. * To delete the Nintendo eShop account, first use the virtual keyboard that appears on the screen to enter the first 10 digits of the serial number, and then tap the “OK” button. Take note that the first two characters of the serial number must be capitalised in order for it to be valid.

Is there a reset button on the Nintendo 3DS?

It may take some time, but you need to keep holding down the POWER Button until the computer restarts itself. Pressing the POWER Button once after the system has powered down can allow you to restart it.