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How do I use the Friend List features on my Nintendo 3DS?

Adding friends to your Friend List

Each Nintendo 3DS comes with a unique Friend Code, which you can use to connect and play with other people. There are two ways to add friends to your Friend List – over the internet or through a Local Connection.

Please make sure your Nintendo 3DS is up to date.

Connecting to friends over the internet:

  1. From the HOME screen, tap the Friend List icon.

  2. Tap ‘Register Friend’ followed by ‘Internet’.

  3. Enter the 16-digit Friend Code of the person you wish to connect with, which they will need to give you before you start.

  4. If you’re not already registered on your friend’s system, you’ll need to enter a provisional name until you’re connected.

  5. Tap ‘Close’ to return to the HOME menu.

Connecting to friends via a Local Connection:

  1. From the HOME screen, tap the Friend List icon.

  2. Tap ‘Register Friend’ followed by ‘Local’.

  3. Select the Friend you wish to connect with from the available options.

  4. Once you’ve connected, tap ‘Close’ to return to the HOME menu.

How to update your Friend Card

You can edit your greeting message and favourite titles on your Friend Card by following the steps below:

  1. From the HOME screen, tap the Friend List icon.

  2. Choose your Friend Card, then select the option you wish to edit.

  3. Once finished, tap ‘Close’ to return to the HOME menu.

How to join friends online

If your Nintendo 3DS has system software version 2.2.0-(4, 3, 2, 1, 0)E or higher, you can see which games your online friends are playing.

If you’re playing the same game as a friend, you can join their game by bringing up their Friend Card and tapping ‘Join Friend’s Game’.

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