Nintendo 3DS Usage Tips:

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Nintendo 3DS Camera Usage Tips:

Tip #001: Welcome!

Nintendo 2DS Version:

Welcome to Nintendo 3DS Camera!

In Nintendo 3DS Camera, you can take 3D and 2D photos and videos.

Please remember that this system can display only 2D images. However, your images are stored on an SD Card...

So even though you can't view photos and videos in 3D on this system, you can transfer the files to a Nintendo 3DS or other compatible device.

Additionally, references to 3D in this application refer to the viewing of photos and videos on a Nintendo 3DS.

When taking photos and videos, try to position the system at least 12 inches from the subject of the shot.

I've got lots more useful information to share about Nintendo 3DS Camera. Just give me a tap at any time to hear some tips!

Nintendo 3DS Version:

Welcome to Nintendo 3DS Camera!

In Nintendo 3DS Camera, you can take 3D and 2D photos and videos.

When taking 3D photos and videos and videos, make sure the 3D depth slider is up so you can view them in 3D.

Try to position the system at least 12 inches from the subject of the shot.

I've got lots more useful information to share about Nintendo 3DS Camera. Just give me a tap at any time to hear some tips!

Tip #002: Reviewing the Usage Tips

Have you found my little tips and hints useful? I hope so!

You can review any of the tips I've already given you by selecting Usage Tips in Settings.

Tip #003: Taking a break

Why not take a short break?

Tip #004: Closing this software

Here's a useful hint.

Press the HOME Button at any time to return to the HOME Menu.

Tip #005: Write-protected SD Card


It looks like your SD Card is write-protected.

In this state, this SD Card can't be used with Nintendo 3DS Camera.

Don't worry, though. All you need to do is to turn the power off and move the write-protection switch to the unlocked position as shown above.

Phew! If only all problems were this easy to solve.

Tip #006: Photo cameos

Are you having fun taking 3D photos? Well, let me share something even more fun with you...

Photos in Nintendo 3DS Camera can show up in other games automatically! They might be modified, too. Exciting stuff, eh?

Don't worry, though. Your originals will be kept safe and sound with me. Chirp!

Tip #007: Shoot from 12 inches

Have your 3D shots of objects like toys or teddy bears been turning out well?

If not, you might have the camera positioned too close to he subject.

It's like touching your nose with your finger. Instead of one finger, you see two blurred fingers, right?

The same principle applies when taking shots in Nintendo 3DS Camera.

Try to keep the system at least 12 inches away from the subject for the best results.

Tip #008: Inner and outer cameras

The inner canera takes 2D shots.

The outer cameras take shots that can be viewed in both 3D and 2D.

If you want to take a photo of yourself in 3D, use the time function and the outer cameras!

Tip #009: The red lever

I bet that red lever down there has piqued your curiosity. Have you tried tapping it yet?

If you tap it, new tools will come into view.

They'll allow you to change the camera mode and adjust the focus,

set a shutter time for photos,

and use speci shooting modes for videos.

Touch the tool lever again to deactivate and hide the tools.

Tip #010: Adjusting 3D focus

If other people find it hard to see your 3D photos and videos properly,

use the Circle Pad to adjust the 3D focus.

It will be easier to see shots in 3D if you line up the two seperate images so that they overlap each other.

Tip #011: 3D focus

Chirp! Do you have a moment?

3D shots are focused automatically. This is called 3D autofocus.

You can also adjust the 3D focus manually.

Move the left and right until the two images you want to focus on overlap.

To return to 3D autofocus, press X, or use the tool lever to hide the arrows.

That's all I wanted to tell you. Chirp.

Tip #012: Ideas: People

You've probably already done this, but taking photos of your friends and family is great fun.

I'm sure they'll enjoy checking your photos of them, too! Chirp!

Tip #013: Pro: Backgrounds

If you want to make the subject of your shot stand out, think about the background.

Using simple backgrounds, such as plain walls, will ensure that the subject is the star of your shot.

Tip #014: Sparkle

The Sparkle effect is an easy (and glamorous!) way to decorate photos.

Simply aim the camera at a face, blow on the mic, and whoosh! It's like fairyland.

Time your photo carefully, and... Click!

You'll find Sparkle in the Camera Mode menu.

Tip #015: Photo/video menus

If you tap an already selected thumbnail (the one with the red border), a small menu will appear.

Using this menu, you can add graffiti to photos and edit videos.

You can also use this menu to delete individual photos and videos.

Tip #017: The little birdie that can

I may be a parakeet, but I'm no birdbrain.

I always know when to say the right thing.

Whether you're taking photos and videos or viewing them,

just give me a tap with the stylus to hear what I have to say.

Tip #018: Tricks: Quick switching

Did you know you can press Y to switch between taking and viewing photos and videos?

Tip #019: 3D effect

Taken a photo or video using the outer cameras, but it's not appearing in 3D?

Check that the 3D depth slider isn't down!

If you still aren't getting 3D images after moving the 3D depth slider up,

3D images may be restricted by Parental Controls. Kids, ask a parent or legal guardian about this. Chirp.

Tip #020: Ideas: Outdoors

If you can't think of anything to take a shot of, why not take a walk?

You're sure to find some interesting subjects.

Tip #021: 3D shots: Near and far

A road leading into the distance... A tree in the foreground with a building behind it... A hand raised toward the camera...

Capturing objects both near and far in the same scene can make sure a great 3D shot.

Tip #022: Mystery

The Mystery effect is...well, mysterious! There's no preview, so you have to take a photo to see what you get.

You can take all kinds of photos with Mystery, and you might make some new discoveries.

They say that some Mystery photos even show things from other dimensions...

Tip #023: Trivia: The word "camera"

Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you.

Did you know that the word camera comes from the Latin word for vaulted room? Chirp!

That's odd, don't you think? Why would we use a word that meant "room" for a device that takes photographs?


Um... I'll find out and let you know! Chirp!

Tip #024: View more/fewer shots

You can change the number of photos or vireos shown on the lower screen by tapping the + or - icons.

Tip #025: Pro: Neutral shots

Portraits are all well and good, but why not try taking a shot from an angle, with the subject looking away from the camera?

You might get a more natural, lifelike result.

Tip #026: Interface Color

If you feel like a change, select Interface Color in Settings to give Nintendo 3DS Camera a new look.

Not sure which color to go for? Just give the selection cursor a flick and leave it up to luck.

Select Reset to return to the original color.

Tip #027: 3D shots: Jumble

Thin objects and groups of differently sized and shaped objects look good in 3D shots.

How neat is your room?

If it's a mess, it might make for a good 3D shot!

Do tidy up, though.

Tip #028: Merge

The Merge effect can produce some weird and wonderful photos-and get some funny reactions at your friends...

"I've seen people like this!"

"I think I look good in your hair!"

"Who on earth is that?!"

Me and the other parakeets have had a lot of fun with it. You're sure to have a laugh as well!

Tip #029: Manual Controls

Why not try setting up your own original camera effects?

There are four different settings you can change freely in Manual Controls.

You can return the settings to their original values by tapping Reset, so feel free to tinker with them as much as you like!

Tip #030: Manual Controls + Merge

You may not realize it, but whenever you use the Merge effect, I'm working hard behind the scenes.

If I can't find any faces, then I can't merge them for you.

If you're taking the photo in a dark place, or use the Negative or Solarize film types in Manual Controls,

it makes it really, really hard for me to make out faces.

I do try my best, though! Just...go easy on me if I make a mistake. I've got eyes like a parakeet, not like a hawk.

Tip #031: Tricks: Shoot buttons

You can take photos while choosing the camera mode. Press L, R, or A.

Tip #032: Attention Sound

Try using the "bark" or "meow" attention sound when taking shots of your cat or dog.

It might turn to look at the camera at just the right moment for a great snap!

You could also use these sounds to get a smile out of babies and children, or anyone else you're taking a shot of!

Tip #033: Pro: Different viewpoints

Images of children or pets taken from a low angle can make for some interesting shots. Try changing your viewpoint, and see what it does for your work!

Tip #034: Dream

For a beautiful portrait shot, try using the Dream effect.

Photos taken with this effect have a lovely, soft atmosphere.

Food will also look like it's steaming hot and delicious!

Tip #035: Film

Let me tell you about the types of film available in Manual Controls.

Each film type gives your shots a different atmosphere.

Try using the B/W film. It's like stepping onto the set of a silent movie!

Tip #036: Pro: Camera shake

Do you ever find your photos and videos turn out rather blurry?

If your hands move while you're taking a shot, it'll cause that blurring effect. This is what's known as camera shake.

Incidentally, photos are much more likely to suffer from camera shake when shooting in dark places.

When doing so, try to hold the system as steadily as you can, or place it on a steady surface.

Tip #037: Thumbnail border colors

Thumbnails for photos saved to the System Memory have dark borders,

and thumbnails for photos saved to the SD Card have light borders.

Is there anything I don't know?

Tip #038: Trivia: Dark rooms

I found out why we use camera, a word that means room in Latin, to refer to a device that is used for taking photographs.

Many years ago, people discovered that if you make a small hole in the wall of a completely darkened room,

sunlight shining through the hole projects an image of the view outside onto the opposite wall!

Camera is the short form of the phrase camera obscura, which means "darkened room."

What? Rooms are too big to carry around and take photos with?


Let me get back to you again on how they got from a room to a pocket-sized camera... Chirp!

Tip #039: Removing the SD Card

Turn off your Nintendo 3DS system before removing the SD Card.

Open the slot cover and push the SD Card in until it clicks.

Then, remove the SD Card by pulling the part sticking out of the slot.

When inserting an SD Card, make sure that the connectors are facing up.

Tip #040: Pro: Keep snapping!

Even the pros don't always get the shot they want on the first try. They take lots of shots and choose the best one.

One of the keys to getting a good shot is just to take as many as you can!

You can always just delete the bad shots and keep the good ones. You might even end up with a great shot you didn't mean to take!

So if you're not sure of the right timing to take a shot, just snap, snap, snap, and sort them out later!

Tip #041: Viewing slide shows

Slide shows are a fun way of viewing and sharing your photos and videos.

If you're going to put the system down or view the slide show from a distance (or if several people will be viewing it). I recommend that you view it in 2D.

To view it in 2D, move the 3D depth slider down.

Tip #042: Slide show: Themes

You can choose different themes for slide shows.

I'll do the legwork for you and pick out the right shots for each theme.

If the shots I pick don't quite match the theme, well... I do try my best.

Sorry. Chirp!

Tip #043: Photo Save Location

Photos taken with Nintendo 3DS Camera

can be saved to the System Memory or an SD Card.

You can store a maximum of about 380 photos to the System Memory,

and a maximum of about 3,000 photos and videos to an SD Card.

Select Photo Save Location in Settings to select where to save photos.

Tip #044: JPG and MPO files

Photos saved to the SD Card can be found in the DCIM folder.

There are two different file formats used for photos taken with Nintendo 3DS Camera.

Files whose names look like HNI_XXX.JPG are 2D photos.

Files whose names look like HNI_XXX.MPO are 3D photos.

The other day, a friend of mine accidentally deleted an MPO file.

The 3D data was lost, so the photo could be viewed only in 2D. He was pretty upset about it.

Learn from my...I mean, my friend's...mistake! Be careful not to delete important files! Chirp!

Tip #045: Ideas: Animals

Why not try taking shots of dogs in town or pigeons in the park?

With a photo, you can add graffiti to express what the dog's thinking... Why, you might be able to make up a little story about it.

"Ruff! Now where did I put that bone?"

Tip #046: 3D shots: Framing

To ensure the best 3D effect, frame the subject of your shot so that it fits fully within the frame without being cropped.

Tip #047: Viewing 3D shots

Have you ever tried to take a photo or video in 3D and discovered later that the 3D slider was all the way down?

Don't worry! You can still view your shots in 3D by moving the 3D depth slider up.

Of course, any photos you take with the inner camera will remain in 2D no matter what. Use the outer cameras to take 3D shots.

Tip #048: The 3D icon

A 3D icon is displayed on the upper screen while an image that can be shown in 3D is on the screen.

If the icon is white, the image is being displayed in 3D.

If the icon is gray, the image is being displayed in 2D.

Tip #049: Timer

Want to get in the frame for a group shot?

Try using the timer feature.

You can set a countdown, after which the system will shoot for you.

You can also use the voice-activation function to take a shot when you say "OK!"

Remember to say it loud and clear! Chirp!

Tip #050: Pro: Avoid camera shake

Ever had the camera move ever so slightly right when you press the Shoot buttons?

The timer is pretty helpful for times when it's easy to get camera shake as you take a photo, like when shooting in dark rooms.

Just set the timer, then hold the system firmly in your hands.

You won't have to press the Shoot buttons this way, which could help prevent movement that causes camera shake.

Tip #051: Low Light

The Low Light effect can help you when taking shots at night or in darker rooms.

It increases the exposure time slightly in order to capture more light,

so, to avoid camera shake, make sure you hold the camera firmly when shooting!

Tip #052: 3D autofocus

3D autofocus is where I take care of focusing the image for you, behind the scenes.

The thing is, sometimes I can't tell what to focus on. For example, photos taken in dark places are difficult for me to work with. Chirp...

If you find that the image on the upper screen isn't appearing properly in 3D,

help me by adjusting the 3D focus yourself.

Just touch the red tool level to display the adjustment icon.

I'll still try to help as much as possible, but sometimes, I'll need you to do your part. What a great photo-taking team we'll make! Chirp!

Tip #053: Slide shows

Slide shows are more fun if you choose music that suits your visuals.

You can choose from a variety of different music tracks in the slide-show settings.

You can also set the photo-display duration and transition effect.

Tip #054: Trivia: Portable cameras

I've been looking into the development of cameras from darkened rooms to the handheld devices we use today.

It seems some very clever people figured out how to use lenses and mirrors to reproduce the darkened-room effect in a small box!

Awfully clever, don't you think? I hope that answers your questions.

Oh, hang on... A small box? But then how would we fit in there to actually see the picture?


Hm. Looks like I've got a little research left to do.

Tip #055: Ideas: Flowers

Have you tried taking shots of flowers or plants?

You could try taking a shot of the same flower every day to record its growth.

Tip #056: Pro: Backlight

A light source facing toward the camera is known as a backlight.

Taking a photo with a backlight will make the subject look darker.

This is undesirable in some situations but can also be used to create an interesting silhouette effect.

Tip #057: 3D shots: Transparency

Fences, windows, and other things you can see through make for interesting 3D shots.

Tip #058: Brightness + Dream

Manual Controls can be used to give Camera Mode effects a little more "oomph."

For example, try turning on the Dream effect amd moving the Brightness slider to the right.

You'll get a bright, blissful photo!

Tip #059: Contrast

Have you tried adjusting the Contrast setting in Manual Controls?

The setting lets you adjust the range of colors.

Move the slider to the left for a calmer range of colors.

Move the slider to the right for a brighter and more vivid range of colors.

When taking shots at special events and parties, try using a vivid contrast setting!

Tip #060: Ideas: Sky

Why not try taking a shot of the sky?

You might think you see the same sky every day, but every day gives it a new look.

Blue skies, like the sea... Floating, fluffy clouds... Passing airplanes...

(Don't take shots of the sun, though!

Tip #061: 3D shots: Haze

Even hazy bodies like steam or smoke can look good in 3D shots.

Just be careful that you don't get too close to anything hot!

Tip #062: Displaying the level

Press Down to display a level on the 3D Screen.

Press Down again to hide it.

You can also calibrate the red horizontal level in order to change its angle.

Place the system on a surface sloped to the angle that you wish to use for the level, then hold Up.

To return the baseline to normal, place the system on a table or other flat surface, then hold Up.

Tip #063: Try using the level!

Need help keeping trees, buildings, and the like lined up straight in your shots? Press Down to display a handy level.

The red horizon line tilts as you tilt the system. It's roughly parallel with the ground.

The static white crosshairs indicate the center of the shot.

Use these to help you shoot straight!

Tip #064: About the Merge effect

You don't have to take photos of actual people when merging faces.

Try merging your face with people in posters, photos, or even with mannequins!

Tip #065: Trivia: The first photos

OK. OK. I've finally sorted it all out. When you have a portable camera, you need a way for people to see the image being projected inside the camera, right?

Well, I'll skip the technical bits, but basically, the image is burned onto a strip of film inside the box that can be developed to produce a photograph!

Ah, the power of science!

I'm not fielding any more questions on this subject. Chirp.

(Feel free to do your own research into the subject, though! We've barely even scratched the surface!)

Tip #066: Ideas: Food

Why not try taking a shot of today's dinner?

You could even take shots of your meals every day to keep a diary of what you eat.

Tip #067: About the Sparkle effect

If you tilt the system while using the Sparkle effect. you can change the way the sparkles move.

Tip #068: Grouping shots

Version 1

Do you have so many photos and videos that it takes a while to scroll through them?

Tap a date folder to select it, and then tap again to collapse all shots from that date into the folder, making scrolling easier.

Tap the collapsed folder if you want to see all of the shots again.

I went to a seed festival yesterday, but I'm not showing you the photos. Chirp.

Version 2

Do you have so many photos and videos that it takes a while to scroll through them?

Tap a date folder to select it, and then tap again to collapse all shots from that date into the folder, making scrolling easier.

Tap the collapsed folder if you want to see all of the shots again.

I went to a seed festival yesterday. Would you like to see the photos? No? Too seedy for you? Chirp!

Tip #069: Keep practicing!

Be sure to take a good look at your photos and videos once you take them.

Looking over the results can help you improve your technique.

You may even find inspiration!

Tip #070: Pro: Balance

Taking a shot of an object so that it appears right in the middle of the screen can give your work some real impact.

Alternatively, taking a shot so that it's slightly off center can give it a kind of cool look as well.

Press Down to display the level. It'll help you find the center of the screen.

Keeping the center of the screen in mind can help you balance the composition of your shots.

Tip #071: Sharpness

Have you tried adjusting the Sharpness setting in Manual Controls?

The setting lets you adjust how sharp the focus is.

Move the slider to the left, and you'll get a soft focus.

Move it to the right, and the focus will get sharper and sharper.

Using a softer focus can be a handy trick for taking more flattening shots of people.

Tip #072: 3D shots: Vertical lines

Including vertical lines, such as doors or pillars, in your 3D shots will enhance the 3D effect.

Tip #073: Sepia + Sparkle

Try combining different settings in Camera Mode and Manual Controls.

For example, if you try combining Sepia film with the Sparkle effect...

the Sparkle effect you know and love will come to be even more magical.

Tip #074: Pinhole

You can use the Pinhole effect to give your photos an old-fashioned, nostalgic look.

Why not try using it to take a photo of a beloved old toy before you pass it on?

Tip #075: Brightness

Have you tried adjusting the Brightness setting in Manual Controls?

This setting lets you adjust the... Well, it lets you adjust the brightness of the shot. Chirp.

Move the slider to the left to go darker;

move it to the right to go brighter.

Master the settings in Manual Controls, and you may learn to take shots exactly the way you want them.

Tip #076: Pro: Viewpoint

When taking shots of people, keep your viewpoint in mind.

For example, if you have a person facing right on the right-hand side of the shot, it'll look a bit cramped.

If you put them on the left-hand side of the slide, they'll fit in a bit more comfortably.

And for people facing left, the opposite applies. Put them on the right slide.

Balancing different things in the shot like this is called composition.

Tip #077: B/W + Merge

Try changing the Film setting in Manual Controls to B/W and combining it with the Merge effect...

Ta-da! You've got a photo of a famous figure right out of a history book!

(...But just who is it supposed to be a photo of, though?)

Tip #078: Ideas: After the rain

Have you ever taken shots just after the rain stops?

It's a chance to take shots that you can't take when the weather's dry.

For instance, how about shooting a scene reflected in a puddle?

Tip #079: Contrast + Pinhole

You know which Manual Controls setting I like to combine with the Pinhole effect?

Contrast. Simply move the slider all the way to the right...

and it's just like using a toy camera!

Tip #080: Pro: Angles

There are many differrmt ways to take portraits, depending on how you want to present the subject. For example...

Shoot from a low angle looking upward at the subject for a cool shot, like something from a fashion magazine.

Shoot from above with the subject looking up at you to increase the cuteness factor.

Even with the same subject and setting, the results can change dramatically when you use different angles.

Tip #081: Trivia: A strange dream

I heard a story about someone living a long time ago who had a very strange dream.

The person dreamed of a man holding a small box with a lens on the front who drew a picture that looked just like the person dreaming all of this.

This all happened way before the invention of the camera.

Isn't that a strange story?

Tip #082: Ideas: Favorites

You'll always enjoy looking at shots of things you like or enjoy.

Your favorite people, places, belongings... Show how much you like them by takng shots of them!

Tip #083: Video save location

Videos you shoot with Nintendo 3DS Camera are always saved to the SD Card. They can't be saved to the System Memory.

So, as you might expect, the Photo Save Location setting is for photos only. It won't affect where your videos are saved. Keep that in mind. Chirp!

Tip #084: Switching cameras

You've probably worked this out by now, but you can use Nintendo 3DS Camera to take both photos and videos!

When you want to shoot a video, just tap the Video icon.

When you want to swap from shooting videos to taking photos, tap the Photo icon to switch modes.

Tip #085: 3D shots: Videos

Videos that contain a lot of movement might be difficult to see in 3D or might make you feel a bit dizzy to watch.

If you move the system around when you're filming, it's better to do so slowly.

Tip #086: Special shooting modes

You can shoot some unusual videos using the special shooting modes.

Interval, Stop Motion, and Montage are all worth a try...

Each one lets you do something different, and they're all easy to use.

Oh, just one thing: none of these modes allows you to record sound with your video.

Tip #087: Stop Motion

With Stop Motion, you can shoot simple animated videos.

For instance, you could take a handy nearby object, like a pen,

and shoot it while moving it ever so slightly between frames.

The resulting video will have a charming staccato quality that I, for one, am a huge fan of!

Tip #088: Interval

Interval shoots individual frames at set intervals, then puts them together into a single video.

This is an easy way to create videos in which it looks as though time has sped up.

Try shooting something that normally moves slowly, and you might end up seeing it in a totally different way!

Tip #089: Montage

Montage allows you to pause recording.

You can use this mode to shoot a single video that includes a variety of different scenes.

Just pause recording, pick your new scene, and then unpause to start recording again!

Tip #090: Watching videos

Video thumbnails have borders that are a bit different from the borders used for photos.

Touch the thumbnail for a video, and it will play on the upper screen.

That way you'll remember in no time what kind of video it was that you shot. Chirp!

Tip #091: Something different

Have you been making good use of the special shooting modes?

Use them to take totally different kinds of videos from normal. It's really quite good fun! Chirp!

To find the special shooting modes, just tap the red lever at the bottom of the screen.

Tip #092: Ideas: Dancing dolls

You can make dolls dance by using Stop Motion.

Pose them and move them little by little while taking a frame at a time.

It's so exciting to imagine how the finished video will look as you make fine adjustments!

Tip #093: Tricks: Afterimages

Have you noticed a kind of afterimage appearing when you film using the special shooting modes?

With Interval and Stop Motion, this image shows you the last frame that was shot.

With Montage, this inage shows you the frame at which you paused the recording.

These images help you make sure that your next shot in the sequence lines up with your last one!

Tip #094: Ideas: Clouds

Try using Interval to film clouds as they drift across the sky.

Set the interval to five seconds, and you'll be able to capture the motion of the clouds really well.

Set a longer interval than that for dramatic scenes where the clouds seem to whizz past!

Tip #095: Pro: Blown-out highlights

Do you ever find that clouds up in the sky are too bright in your photos and videos to show much detail?

In photography, this phenomenon is known as a blown-out highlight.

Move the Brightness slider in Manual Controls to the left to compensate for this.

That should help bring out detail when you're shooting bright things like clouds!

Tip #096: Ideas: Transformation

Have you given Montage a try yet?

I got my cousin to help me, and we made a video in which I change into a superhero!

It's easier than it sounds! Montage lets us pause the recording, I put on my costume, then we started filming again!

You should have seen me in my cape. I looked so heroic! Chirp.

Tip #097: Editing videos

With the Edit Video tools, you can do a lot of really neat things with your videos as you play them.

You can change the playback speed and pitch, for example.

The horizontal axis controls the speed at which the video is played,

while the vertical axis controls the pitch of the sound.

You can even play your videos backward! Chirp!

Tip #098: Ideas: Plant growth

Wouldn't it be great to be able to watch a flower as it starts to bloom, or a new shoot emerging from the ground?

If you set the interval to 60 seconds in Interval and film flowers and plants,

you'll be able to watch their growth sped up! You can record up to about eight days of footage this way.

Not a bad idea for budding filmmakers. Chirp!

Tip #099: Slide-show media types

If you want a slide show to skip videos and only show photos,

select Media Type in the Select Theme menu and choose the Photos Only option.

Tip #100: Stop Motion + B/W

Be sure to try applying different camera settings to the three special shooting modes. You can get some very interesting results!

For example, if you use Stop Motion and film in black and white,

you can create a video that looks just like an old silent movie.

How dramatic! Chirp.

Tip #101: Ideas: People watching

Here's a fun idea: set your Nintendo 3DS system up over a view of a busy stret junction,

then shoot an Interval video with the interval set to two seconds.

Watching the people and cars rush by has a certain epic quality to it, doesn't it?

Oh, the busy pace of modern life! Chirp!

Tip #102: Tricks: Frame by frame

Spot something in a video that only appears for a second? Take a proper look by using Edit Video.

Just pause the video after you see something you want to check out, then press L to back up a frame at a time.

If you go too far back, just press R to advance a frame at a time.

Tip #103: Saving frames

The Save Frame option in the Edit Video menu allows you to pick out single frames from your videos.

Tap Save Frame when a video is paused to save the image on the upper screen as a photo.

That way you'll able to save those crucial moments and view them to your heart's content!

Tip #104: Tricks: Interval animation

Do you find that shooting in Stop Motion is fun, but it's too bothersome for your liking?

If so, then you might prefer Interval, which takes the individual shots you're going to string together automatically!

Prop your Nintendo 3DS system up so it will shoot the right area, then start filming, and you can have both hands free to shift objets between shots!

Once you get the hang of it, set the interval to two seconds for a very speedy shooting session!

Tip #105: Ideas: Construction

Building models is fun, isn't it?

You know what's even more fun? Shooting the model-building process using Interval or Stop Motion!

Watching yourself progress from a pile of pieces to a finished model makes you realize how rewarding model building is!

Tip #106: Visible area of photos

A photo you've taken with Nintendo 3DS Camera is actually bigger than what's visible on screen.

To see the whole thing, slide the Circle Pad down.

To return to normal view, slide the Circle Pad up.

Tip #107: Nintendo DSi software

Some Nintendo DSi software titles use photos saved to the System Memory.

There are some photos that they can't use though, like ones with graffiti drawn on them.

Tip #108: Ideas: Teleportation

Psst... Want to know the secret of teleportation?

Put a cup on a table and start shooting a video in Montage mode.

Shoot the cup sitting on the table for a couple of minutes, then pause, move the cup, and resume filming.


It's magic! Real magic! Chirp!

Tip #109: AVI files

Videos saved to the SD Card can be found in its DCIM folder.

Files with names like HNI_XXXX.AVI are videos.

Please don't try to play 3D videos on devices that don't support 3D playback.

It won't work! Chirp!

Tip #110: "The Noble Parakeet"

Allow me to express my gratitude to you for reading all my explanations and tips.

To show you just how grateful I am, I'm going to sing you a song! The song is called...

..."The Noble Parakeet."


Cough... Chirp...

...Actually, maybe I'll save that for next time. I hope you keep having fun shooting photos and videos! Chirp!

Nintendo 3DS Sound Usage Tips:

Tip #001: Welcome!

Welcome to Nintendo 3DS Sound!

Here, you can have fun playing music and recording sounds.

You can adjust the volume using the volume control.

Tip #002: Reviewing usage tips

Have you found my little tips and hints useful? I hope so!

You can review any of the tips I've already given you by selecting Usage Tips in Settings.

Tip #003: Take a break

Why not take a short break?

Tip #004: Closing this software

Here's a useful tip.

Press the HOME Button at any time to return to the HOME Menu.

Tip #005: Write-protected SD Card


It looks like your SD Card is write-protected.

This means you can only use Nintendo 3DS Sound to listen to tracks stored on the SD Card. You can't save any recordings to it.

Don't worry--simply turn the power off and move the write-protection switch to the unlocked position, and you'll be able to record to the SD Card.

Phew! If only all problems were this easy to solve.

Tip #006: Let's get started!

Thanks for putting some music on your SD Card.

(If someone else put the music on for you, could you tell them thanks for me?)

If you ever want to hear more about Nintendo 3DS Sound, just tap me with the stylus.

Tip #007: Using the SD Card

Turn off your Nintendo 3DS system before removing the SD Card.

Open the slot cover and push the SD Card until it clicks.

Remove the SD Card by pulling the part sticking out of the slot.

When inserting an SD Card, make sure that it is oriented correctly.

The connectors should be facing up.

Tip #008: Recording guidance

If you've tried recording but your voice seemed a bit quiet,

try facing the speech bubble and talking.

The microphone is located close to the Touch Screen.

Tip #009: The parroting parakeet

Everyone knows what parakeets are famous for, right? That's right: mimicking other sounds.

Sometimes, I just get the urge to repeat things that I've overheard or recordings you've saved.

I'm afraid I just can't help myself, so do take care not to say anything embarrassing about me.

Tip #010: Playing with voices

I'm sure you're keen to play around with voice recordings, aren't you?

Just tap this icon to get started.

Oh, and if you keep tapping the icon, you'll get different effects.

Tip #011: Magic words: Code

Do you know what "woodnetninn" means?

It's a word you can only understand by recording yourself saying it and listening to the recording.

Hmm, what could it be?

Tip #012: Tricks: Autorecording

You can start a recording automatically by facing the speech bubble and speaking loudly.

Handy, isn't it? Or should I say... hands free. Chirp!

Tip #013: Voices: Parakeet

Try tapping the Parakeet icon while listening to a voice recording.

It'll sound just like me! Chirp, chirp! And more birds in the world can't be a bad thing! Chirp!

Tip #014: LR Percussion

You can play sounds by pressing L or R! It's what I call LR Percussion. There are a variety of different instruments.

Play in time with the music and feel the beat!

Tap the button icons to change the instrument.

Tip #015: Parakeet chat: Walks

When I'm out for a stroll, I like to sing.

If I come across someone while walking around, my first impulse is to stop my musical chirping.

But instead I tend to raise my voice and keep on singing louder than before.

After all, I wouldn't want the people to think I'm embarrassed to be heard singing in public...even though I am.

...I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this.

Tip #016: Visualizers

Have you noticed the images on the upper screen that change as the music plays?

It's called a "visualizer."

That's such a cool name. It sounds like an action-movie hero. "The Visualizer!"

Tip #017: Change the visualizer

You can change the visualizer on the upper screen while listening to music, you know.

Just tap the pull cord.

Find a visualizer you like and enjoy! Chirp!

Tip #018: Play folders

The playback mode plays all the tracks in a folder in order and then stops.

I put songs totaling about 30 minutes in a folder together...

...and sweat my way through my daily workout! Chirp!

This way, I don't need to use a timer.

Tip #019: Change speed and pitch

Tap this icon...

then slide the stylus around the Touch Screen to change the speed and pitch of the track you're listening to.

Pitch is on the vertical axis,

and speed on the horizontal.

You'll be amazed at how different songs can sound when you play around with these settings. Chhhhhiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrpppp...

Tip #020: Parakeet chat: Your voice

Have you ever listened to a recording of your own voice and thought it sounded like someone completely different?

There's a reason for this. When you hear your voice normally, you're actually hearing two things at once.

One is the voice others hear, transmitted through the air. The other is the sound transmitted inside your head as you speak.

When you hear a recording of your voice, you're hearing it without the sound inside your head.

That's why it sounds so unfamiliar to you, but not to others.

I prefer the way my voice sounds inside my head, to be honest. Chirp.

Tip #021: Ideas: Phrases

Why not try recording a message for a family member to greet them when they come back home? "Welcome home!"

Tip #022: Magic phrase 1

Have you ever heard the magic phrase "snare feed stem"?

It's a phrase that can help you when you meet new people. How do you use this phrase? Simple!

Just record yourself saying "snare feed stem," then listen to the recording in reverse.

My answer is, of course, a resounding "Yes, let's!"

Tip #023: Voices: Robot

Turn on the Robot effect while listening to a voice recording.

YOUR. VOICE. WILL. SOUND. RATHER. MECHANICAL. Ahem. Robot parakeets sound like this: CHIRP.

Tip #024: Overwriting recordings

When editing voice recordings,

you can overwrite the original recording by selecting Save.

Try applying an effect, saving your changes, then applying another effect on top. The result should be interesting. Chirp!

If you want to keep the original voice recording as well as the edited version,

make sure that you copy it beforehand.

Tip #025: Autoplay

Have you ever listened to music on Autoplay?

Here's an insider secret: it's actually me choosing the songs for you!

What? You'd guess as much? Well, did you know that anytime you listen to music here...

...I listen too.

The more I listen to your music with you, the better I'll get at choosing songs for you in Autoplay. It's a rewarding job!

Tip #026: 3D depth

If you want to adjust the sense of depth in the visualizers,

simply move the 3D depth slider up or down as required.

Tip #027: Effects: Radio

Tap this icon to activate the Radio effect on the track you're listening to.

Doesn't that warm, retro sound bring you back to the days before digital?

Even with all these newfangled ways of listening to any song, anytime, anywhere...

...the ol' radio still has a certain magic to it. It was wireless before wireless was cool! Chirp!

Tip #028: Control Tips: Left and right

You can press Left to go the previous song and Right to skip to the next song.

Tip #029: Your data is safe!

With Nintendo 3DS Sound, you can play with music in all kinds of ways.

And there's no need to worry: the original music data on the SD Card isn't changed.

Relax, and have fun playing with your music.

Tip #030: Control Tips: A

By pressing A, you can confirm selections.

But did you know you can also use it to play and pause?

Tip #031: Change voice pitch

Have you tried playing around with the pitch of voice recordings?

You can make boys sound like girls and girls sound like boys. The results can be quite hilarious!

You can also put on a high-pitched voice when recording and then lower the pitch to get a slightly weird version of your normal voice.

Tip #032: Page colors

Up to 18 recordings can be stored per page (screen).

The recordings on the dark-colored page are stored to the System Memory.

Those on the light-colored pages are saved to the SD Card.

Tip #033: Magic phrase 2

Have you ever heard the magic phrase "snowshare lootard knock"? It's a phrase you can use when someone you know has had some good news.

How do you use this phrase? Simple! Just record yourself saying "snowshare lootard knock" and listen to the recording in reverse.

The trick is not to pause between each word. Pretend it's just one word, all crammed together.

Play back your recording and listen closely. What does it sound like to you?

Tip #034: Voices: Helium

Try tapping the Helium icon while listening to a voice recording.

Your voice will sound high-pitched, like you were a tiny insect. "Help meeeeeee!"

Tip #035: Ideas: Messages

Why not commemorate a graduation or wedding by gathering a collection of recorded greetings from different people?

Tip #036: Copy/move recordings

Want to move a voice recording to a different on-screen slot?

Just touch Move, then tap and slide the recording to move it wherever you want.

If you tap Copy instead of Move,

you can copy a voice recording to a different location using the same technique.

Try touching and sliding any voice recordings that you want to copy.

Tip #037: Move data over pages

If you want to move some voice recordings to another page,

just tap and hold the stylus on the icon for the recording you want to move,

then slide it over the button you'd normally tap to change pages.

Tip #038: Adding to playlists 1

Select some music, then tap the Add... button.

You can add music to a playlist this way.

Tip #039: Removing from playlists

If you remove a song from a playlist,

the original song data won't get deleted from the SD Card.

So relax, and feel free to remove songs from playlists!

Tip #040: Deleting playlists

What's that? You don't know how to erase a playlist?

Sorry! I completely forgot to tell you.

Open the playlist you want to erase, and remove all the songs.

The playlist itself will disappear once the last song is removed.

Don't worry, though. The music on the SD Card won't be lost when you do this.

I had to erase one of my playlists when I realized that the songs in it didn't go together at all. My musical credibility was at stake! Chirp!

Tip #041: Using headphones

If you're using headphones,

you can still listen to music even with the system closed.

This is quite handy for when you want to listen to music while you're out and about.

But keep in mind that if you keep the system closed all the time, we won't get to see each other. I might get lonely, you know... Chirp.

Tip #042: Control Tips: Up and down

You can press Up or Down to change between different visualizers.

Tip #043: Repeat folders

This playback mode plays all the tracks in a folder in order, in a repeated loop.

I tend to listen to my latest favorite songs over and over again, so I find this handy.

Do you do the same thing? Put new songs into your daily rotation and listen over and over?

Or do you prefer to listen to new songs less often, so you don't overdo it?

Tip #044: LR Percussion: Off

You may have noticed that there's an option for the LR Percussion instruments that doesn't actually play any noise.

What could that be there for? Well...

Select it when listening to music with the system in your bag. The LR Percussion won't make a racket that way!

Even a soundless instrument has its uses, eh? Chirp.

Tip #045: Creating a playlist

Have you tried creating playlists?

Choose a song and select Add, then New to create a playlist.

You can name the playlist and change the icon.

I've made a playlist full of my favorite upbeat numbers and called it "Chirpy Tunes."

Whenever I'm feeling down, Chirpy Tunes never fails to perk me up! Chirp! Chirp!

Tip #046: Resume

Tap Resume to continue the last song you were listening to from the point where you left off.

It's handy when you've taken a break from listening to music to do some recordings.

Tip #047: Control Tips: B

By pressing B, you can go back, close messages, and cancel.

But did you know you can also use it to reset the pitch and speed of recorded sounds?

Tip #048: Voices: Fan

By listening to a recording with the Fan effect turned on,

you can make anyone into an alien.

"CHIRP! TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER!" Just like that.

Tip #049: Cutting out parts

In this playback mode... can slide the A and B markers to the start anf end of the part you want to hear, and it'll be repeated on a loop.

If you then tap Save, the track will be cropped to only include the selection.

Tip #050: Creating magic words 2

I'll show you how to make your own magic phrases that can be heard only in reverse.

Try recording yourself saying a word normally and then listening to it played in reverse.

Let's use "hello" as an example. Play this word in reverse,

and it sounds something like "wha-luh."

This is the word you need to say in order to get "hello" when you play it in reverse.

Try it out! Instead of following the reversed spelling, use the sounds that were in the original word, like the "luh" sound at the end of "wha-luh."

What do you think it will sound like?

The reverse of a reversed sound should sound like the original.

It's obvious when you think about it, but give it a shot!

Tip #051: Control Tips: Control Pad

When playing a recording, you can use Control Pad to select a different recording.

Tip #052: Voices: Transceiver

Try tapping the Transceiver icon while listening to a voice recording.

It'll sound all tinny, like a voice from a walkie talkie. "Come in, base! The parakeet has landed! Over!"

Tip #053: Parakeet chat: Say "ah"

When driving down a bumpy road,

have you ever wanted to open your mouth and go "aaaaaaahhhh"?

It's great fun making your voice shake like that.

Or is it just me?

Tip #054: Interface Color

If you feel like a change, select Interface Color in Settings to give Nintendo 3DS Sound a new look.

Not sure which color to go for? Just give the selection cursor a flick and leave it up to luck.

Select Reset to return to the original color.

Tip #055: Adding to playlists 2

If you select a folder, then tap the Add... button,

you can add all of the music in that folder to a playlist at once.

Tip #056: Settings: Tap Sound

Are the tapping sound effects getting in the way of your tunes?

You can turn them off in Settings and enjoy the music as it was meant to be heard!

Tip #057: Shuffle

This playback mode shuffles all the tracks in a folder and plays them back in a loop.

Shuffling up songs like this is a good way to keep your music collection sounding fresh.

It's also fun trying to guess which song is going to be played next. I get it right once in a while.

Do you think I might be psychic? Chirp.

Tip #058: Language study drills

If you can get used to listening to language lessons or practice recordings at higher speeds than the original,

you'll find that they're easier to understand when you put them back to normal speed.

You can adjust the speed from 0.5x (half speed)...

...all the way up to 2x (double speed).

I listen to my Feline-study recordings at 1.5x speed, and I'm making great strides in comprehension.

Tip #059: LR Percussion: Coin

One of the LR Percussion instrument types plays that famous coin sound.

Once I play it, I just can't stop. Bling! Bling! Bling! Chirp.

Tip #060: Parakeet chat: Karaoke

I just love singing karaoke alone.

It's great. I can dance and belt out the classics without worrying about what other people think.

I can even practice somgs that I'd be embarrassed to sing badly in front of others.

I also write up a list of what I want to sing in advance.

After all, I don't want to waste time worrying about what to put on next.

Chirp. I bet solo karaoke is a lot more complicated than you thought, eh?

Tip #061: Recording-icon colors

When saving a recording, you can choose a color for it.

You know that nice, colorful OK button? Just tap the color on it that you want to use for your recording.

Me, I like to use red for my voice and green for my friends.

And orange?

Well, that's for... Never mind. Chirp.

Tip #062: Parakeet gig

A pair of parakeets are putting on another show somewhere today.

Music? Drama? Stand-up comedy? Well, they're a very multitalented pair,

though no one's seen them before.

They're always practicing in secret.

Tip #063: Voices: Tunnel

Try tapping the Tunnel icon while listening to a voice recording.

The sound will echo. I can't be the only one who gets the urge to sing and whistle in places that echo, like stairwells. Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!

Tip #064: Creating magic words 1

Here's a way to make your own magic words.

Let's try it with "thank you."

We want to make a word that will sound like "thank you" when played backward, right?

Let's start by writing it out backward, without any spaces: Uoyknaht

You might have to listen a few times. Try to figure out how to write out what you're hearing. What does it sound like? "Ooik nat"?

That should get you close, but you'll want to experiment until you get the magic phrase sounding just right.

The key to perfecting it is to record your attempts and play them in reverse to see if they sound right.

Get other people to record them, too. Different accents can have quite an effect on the results.

Tip #065: Deleting groups of data

If you want to erase multiple recordings at once, there's a way.

Go to Settings, and then Data Management.

You can erase one page of recordings at a time or erase the whole lot at once.

Tip #066: Pressing L and R

The instruments you play with LR Percussion have some hidden depth.

Some of them make a different sound depending on how you play them.

It's all in the length of the button press. A short press or a long press? Try it.

Tip #067: Playlists: Top Ten

You know, I think you can tell a bit about a person's personality based on his or her taste in music.

Why not take a look at your friends' Top Ten lists? You might be surprised by a hidden side of theirs.

I'd love to show you my own Top Ten list...

But, well... I'm a bit embarrassed by what's on there. Chirp.

Tip #068: Shuffle All

You can leave song selection completely up to me if you like.

Just select Autoplay, then Shuffle All. I'll do the rest!

I'll play your songs all shuffled up and out of order. It's a fun way to listen!

Tip #069: Keep-up visualizer

Have you seen the Keep-up visualizer?

Here's a tip: you can control the game using the Circle Pad.

See how long you can keep the ball in the air! Chirp!

Olé, olé-olé-olé!

Tip #070: Playlists: StreetPass

You might be aware of this already, but...

if you use StreetPass, the system will exchange information about songs in your StreetPass playlist with other systems.

Will you use the StreetPass playlist to show off, fit on, or just be yourself?

Well, that's up to you.

Tip #071: Voices: High Harmony

Turn on the High Harmony effect while listening to a voice recording.

Your voice will sound as light and airy as a hummingbird!

Tip #072: Ideas: Reminders

If you suddenly think up a great melody, record it before you forget it!

Tip #073: Voices: Synth Harmony

Try activating the Synth Harmony effect while listening to a voice recording.

One voice will sound like a three-part harmony.

Two voices will sound like a six-part harmony.

Ten voices will sound like... Well, you get the point, I suppose.

Tip #074: Creating magic words 3

Here's a hint on making magic words.

Try to use words that start with a vowel.

"Alligator" "Arugula" "Onomatopoeia" (Just kidding! Chirp!) "Elegant"

This will make it easier to pronounce the words backward.

Tip #075: Voices: Low Harmony

Turn on the Low Harmony effect while listening to a voice recording.

You'll sound like some kind of mythical creature! A giant, or maybe a genie?

Tip #077: Adding to playlists 3

Here's a way to create a playlist.

Select a theme from Autoplay, then tap the Add... button.

The songs I chose for the theme will be added to any playlist you choose.

Tip #078: Repeat a part

This playback mode lets you listen to one section of a track repeatedly.

Slide the A and B markers to the start and end of the part you want to hear.

You could listen to part of a language lesson repeatedly until you've got the hang of a tricky phrase.

I'm currently studying Feline so that I can communicate with cats and get them to stop bullying me. Meow!

Tip #079: Effects: Instrumental

Try tapping the Instrumental icon while listening to a song.

The song's vocal elements will be reduced in volume. Perfect for some karaoke practice!

Tip #080: Settings: Audio Output

It's easy to change the audio-output mode in Nintendo 3DS Sound.

Go to Settings, then Audio Output.

You can choose from Surround, Stereo, or Mono sound.

Stereo is like listening to a performance in front of you.

Surround is more like being...well, surrounded by the sound! Chirp!

Tip #081: The key to super singing

Have you tried to sing a song, only to find that it was in too high a key to sing well?

If so, why not use the pitch-adjustment tool and see if it helps put it in your singing range?

Use Up or Down for precise adjustments in half-tone intervals.

I used to stick to the original key, but now I adjust songs down so that I can finally sing them properly!

After all, being able to sing it is the important thing, right? Chirp.

Tip #082: The blue parakeet

Have you ever seen my friend, the blue parakeet?

He's got all kinds of interesting things to say, you know.

If you see him, give him a tap.

I'm such a great friend!

Tip #083: Repeat a song

This playback mode plays one track in a loop.

This is good for when you want to learn a new song.

I try to stay on top of the latest hits so that I can show off my skills. Karaoke, anyone?

Tip #084: Control Tips: X and Y

Press X or Y to change the current LR Percussion instrument.

Tip #085: LR Percussion: Animal

Try the bark and meow LR Percussion instruments.

Meow and bark with the rhythm and you might make some furry friends.

I don't really get on with cats, mind you. Chirp...

Tip #086: Starting StreetPass

Here's how to start StreetPass.

First, tap StreetPass.

Next, turn StreetPass on.

Oh, and don't forget to make sure that wireless communication is on. If it isn't, give the wireless switch a push.

Why not try heading out now, with your music in hand?

Tip #088: Compatibility

Let me tell you about the Compatibility list.

It uses the song data you've exchanged over StreetPass to determine how compatibile you are with users you pass by.

You know, they say that for each person in the world, there are 99 other people who have the exact same taste in music.

True story. Chirp. I would never make up a fact like that! ...Chirp...

Tip #089: Hit Parade

Let me tell you about the Hit Parade.

Basically, I gather song information recieved via StreetPass to create a chart of the most popular songs.

You pass by all kinds of different people in town...

I wonder what kinds of songs and artists they're all listening to?

Tip #090: StreetPass at concerts!

My sister went to go and see The Birdies live the other day.

Her Hit Parade in Nintendo 3DS Sound was on fire!

Apparently, everyone there had put songs by The Birdies on their StreetPass playlists,

so when all the fans flocked together, even tracks from The Birdies' unlistenable third album shot up in the charts.

Incidentally, my sister's member number 002 in The Birdies' fan club. Chirp! Amazing, eh?

Tip #091: Playlists: Secret

If you have some songs which titles you don't want people to see while you're listening,

add them to your Secret playlist.

The titles will be hidden. For example, "Secret Song" would be displayed as "SXXXXXXXXXX".

No matter how uncool the song, you can tell me. I promise not to judge your taste in music. ...No? Oh well.

Blue Parakeet:

You've got new StreetPass results! Looks like you've got... !

Tap StreetPass to check them out.

Nintendo 2DS "About this System" Dialog:

I'd like to tell you a bit about the Nintendo 2DS system...

First off, 3D images cannot be viewed on the Nintendo 2DS...

But don't worry--you can still use all of your Nintendo 3DS software. They'll simply run in 2D.

Sleep Mode is a good way to take a break or to use StreetPass, and it helps the battery last longer.

Move the sleep switch to the right to enable Sleep Mode.

Sometimes, you'll need to turn off wireless communication, like if you're on a plane.

Wireless communication can be toggled on and off via the icon in the top-left corner of the HOME Menu.

There's more that I want to tell you..

But rather than make you read it now, I'll send it to your Notifications. Check there for more detailed information.

Have fun with your Nintendo 2DS!


Nintendo 2DS Notifications:

About Notifications

Welcome to Notifications.

Here, you'll receive information about the following:



-StreetPass exchanges

The notification LED on your system turns blue (or green for StreetPass) when you've received new notificatons.

About the HOME Menu

Press HOME while using a software title to suspend the title and return to the HOME Menu.

While the software is suspended, you can view related Notifications and Game Notes from the HOME Menu.

Press HOME once again to return to the software title.

Making use of HOME can come in very handy.

New Software via SpotPass

You can automatically receive software via SpotPass!

Put your system into Sleep Mode someplace where it can connect to the Internet, and you might just find new software added to the HOME Menu when you open the system again. Keep an eye out for new arrivals!

Note: To receive software, go to the System Settings, then select Internet Settings, SpotPass, then turn Automatic Software Downloads on.

Inserting/Removing SD Cards

The Nintendo 2DS System can store software titles, save data, and photo and audio data on SD Cards.

Before removing or inserting SD Cards, please ensure that the power has been turned off.

Attempting to remove or insert an SD Card while the power is on could result in data being corrupted.

Sleep Mode

Move the sleep switch on your Nintendo 2DS system to the right while the power is on to enter Sleep Mode.

The system will do the following while in Sleep Mode:

-Count steps

-Enter a low-power state in which StreetPass and SpotPass can be used

-Ignore button controls

You can use Sleep Mode during gameplay, but please note that there are times where you are not able to use certain Sleep Mode functions, such as when playing Nintendo DS software.

Move the sleep switch back to the left in order to continue from where you left off before entering Sleep Mode.

For details, refer to the Operations Manual.

HOME Menu Functionality

Tap the icons in the upper left of the Touch Screen on the HOME Menu to increase or decrease the number of game icons to be shown on-screen.

Choose a style you like to personalize your HOME Menu view.

Tapping and Sliding

Tap and slide (see image above) horizontally on the HOME Menu to change pages and scroll to show the icons on the left and right.

You can tap and slide other areas in the HOME Menu too, so be sure to try things out!

Brightness Adjustment

Tap the icon in the upper left of the Touch Screen on the HOME Menu to open the Power-Saving Options screen. (See above image.)

Here, you can perform the following operations:

-Adjust screen brightness

-Toggle wireless communication

Press HOME at any time when playing a Nintendo 3DS software title to return to the HOME Menu and adjust the brightness.

This is a useful function to remember.

Internet Settings Usage Tips:

Nintendo 2DS Version:

Creating an Internet connection for your Nintendo 2DS is a snap!

Tap Connection Settings to get started.

If you're not sure what to do, tap me with your stylus and I'll help you out.

Nintendo 3DS Version:

Creating an Internet connection for your Nintendo 3DS is a snap!

Tap Connection Settings to get started.

If you're not sure what to do, tap me with the stylus and I'll help you out.

Nintendo 2DS Version:

If your Nintendo 2DS system is in Sleep Mode when you pass by an Internet-connected access point, your system will connect to the Internet automatically via SpotPass.

Nintendo 3DS Version:

If your Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep Mode when you pass by an Internet-connected access point, your system will connect to the Internet automatically via SpotPass.

If you tap Yes, your system will be able to download new software while in Sleep Mode and within range of a usable Internet access point.

Select Yes to send Nintendo information on how you use your system (such as play records) and details about your system settings. This will help with the development of future products.

The Nintendo 3DS Service User Agreement is required to use online services. A MAC address is your system's unique network ID.

You can check your MAC address here.

A MAC address is the system's unique network ID.

You can set wireless access points to accept only connections from certain MAC addresses.

Select New Connection to create a new Internet connection, or select from Connections 1-3 to change an existing connection.

Would you like me to help you get your Internet connections set up?

Please answer the following:

Where will you connect to the Internet?

To connect to a wireless access point at a shop or other location, tap Other.

OK, let's find an access point and set up your connection.

Tap me if you have any questions.

Do you have an Internet access point you can use to connect to the Internet?

If you already have a device that is connected to the Internet, tap Yes.

Sorry, but you cannot connect using this setup. To connect to the Internet, you need the following:

Broadband Internet connections (ADSL, fiber optic, or cable)

Generic wireless access points

A wireless access point is required to connect your Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet. Wireless access points that support AOSS or WPS connections are very easy to set up and use.

Services that do not require a connection configuration to connect to the Internet are detailed in the System Settings electronic manual.

After you've set up the necessary equipment, come back and try again.

See you then!

Are you able to connect to the access point wirelessly?

If you use wireless devices to connect to the Internet, you already have a wireless access point.

Does your access point use one of the following?


Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Check if one of the logos above appears either on the access point or in the related documentation.

AOSS setup it is! Let's get started.

Tap me if you have any questions.

WPS setup it is! Let's get started.

Tap me if you have any questions.

This shows the name, security type, and signal strength of the access points found.

Select the access point you want to connect to.

Select Connection Test to verify that Connection 1 can connect to the Internet.

Select Connection Test to verify that Connection 2 can connect to the Internet.

Select Connection Test to verify that Connection 3 can connect to the Internet.

Select SSID to manually enter or edit the access point's name.

Select Security to change the password used to connect to the access point.

These settings are intended for advanced users.

Change them only if directed to do so by the service provider or a technical professional.

Data passing between the access point and the Nintendo 3DS system is encrypted.

AES provides the strongest level of encryption, followed by TKIP, then WEP.

If you have to enter an IP Address manually, select No when asked about auto-obtaining an address.

Locate the settings for the network you want to connect to, and enter relevant information.

If you need to enter DNS settings manually, select No when asked about auto-obtaining DNS.

If you chose not to auto-obtain an IP address, please ensure that you also choose not to obtain DNS.

Enter the DNS server address provided by your service provider.

You should select Yes only if you require the use of a proxy server.

Enter the proxy server address and port numbers provided by your service provider.

Select Yes if you need authentication when connecting to a proxy server.

Enter the user name and password provided by your service provider to access the proxy server.

This is a test to determine whether or not you can connect to the Internet.

Use a compatible software title to verify that the data transmission with other users is working.

Connection Test failed.

Here are details of the error.

Connection Test successful.

Use a compatible software title to verify data transmission with other users is working.

If this is a temprorary connection error, tap Test Again to try connecting one more time.

If you don't know the encryption key, ask the person who set up the access point.

Do you know how to find the button and the light?

If not, please refer to the documentation that came with the access point.

There are two setup methods:

push-button connection, which requires you to push the WPS button on the access point, and PIN connection, which requires you to enter a PIN.

Do you know where to find the button and the light?

If not, please refer to the instruction booklet of your access point.

Go to your access point's configuration screen. You may need to refer to its instruction booklet for this step. Next, enter your PIN.

You don't need to do anything right now. Just wait for the setup to finish!

The Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector is an access point that plugs into a computer's USB port.

If you are having trouble, check the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector instruction booklet.

Can you see your Nintendo 3DS user name on the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector Registration Tool screen?

If you encounter any problems, please refer to the Nintendo Wi-FI USB Connector instruction booklet.

Nintendo DSi Usage Tips:

Nintendo DSi Sound Usage Tips:

"Oh well, eh!" What could that be? Some kind of secret code? Record it and then play it backward to find out!"
"Parakeet - This will make you sound just like me! Now, repeat after me: Human want a cracker?"" (US) "Budgie - You'll do an impression of me, will you? Then I'll do one of you too! "Mum! I'm hungry!"" (EU)
"Electric Fan - This will make you sound like an alien. "We come in peace...""
"Still can't understand? Try this: "Who y'are wha?" Record it an play it backward!" (note: this says "How are you?" backwards)
"Low Harmony - deep and moving. "Baa baa! Black sheep have you any wool?...""
"Trumpet - A talking Instrument? "Thank you very much for today!""
"Keep tapping the Trumpet button, and you can change it to the Whistle filter."
"Do you get how to make backward phrases? "What's your name?" becomes "Main oy stop"!"
"Play around with your voice to make it sound cool. Choose Overwrite to save the new version you've made."
"Tunnel - Your voice will echo away. "Hellooooo... Is there anybody theeeeere?""
"Don't use any bad language near DSi Sound. I might end up speaking that way myself!"
"Transceiver - Are you a spy too!? "This is Parakeet. Infiltration of the cage is complete. Over.""
"When you are recording, speak with a loud voice. The recording will start automatically, you know."
"High Harmony - Ornate and delicate. "Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder...""
"You can choose Overwrite as many times as you want. Who knows, maybe you'll make your voice sound even cooler!"
"Robot - We need a robot to help out around here. Good morning, master! Are you fully recharged?""
"Buzzer - Bzzt, bzzzt, bzzzrrt! "Do re mi fa sol la ti do!""
"Parakeets have a keen memory for words, but even I have trouble with the ones I learned a long time ago."
"Synth Harmony - All together now... "London Bridge is falling down, falling down...""
"You can play all those sounds you recorded even while you are listening to music on an SD Card!"
"Helium - Like they use to fill up balloons. What? I can't hear you from up here..."
"You can use the stylus to switch sounds. Don't forget to have them queued up in your preferred order."
"Whistle - Can you whistle? Phweet! Phweeeeet!!"
"By using A B repeat and Overwrite, you can trime your sound to the exact points where it starts and stops."
"Sound travels pretty fast. About as fast as an airplane."
"Light is much, much faster than sound. That's why you see the lightning before you hear the thunder."
"You can't hear anything up in space. Sound can't travel in a vacuum."
"Hiiiiiiiigh...Slow...Loooow...Fast! Play around with your own voice!"
"Your voice sounds higher than you thought, doesn't it? Ask around and see what everyone else things!"
"Thanks for playing with your Nintendo DSi!"

Nintendo Wii Usage Tips:

Brought to you by... these help cats! (They are two sisters, one is on the Photo Channel and one is on the News Channel.)

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News Channel Usage Tips:

You can move around freely in some areas by holding the B Button and pressing Up or Down on the +Control Pad. The B Button is on the bottom of the Wii Remote.

When you have a long article or a long list of headlines to read, press Up and Down on the +Control Pad to scroll up and down through the text.

When + and - Button icons appear on a screen, pressing those buttons on your Wii Remote has the same effect as pointing at the icons and pressing the A Button.

You can press Left or Right on the +Control Pad while reading an article or viewing a slide show to skip forward and back between different articles.

When a photo accompanies a news article, you can point at the photo and press the A Button to see an enlarged version of the photo.

When viewing the globe, press Up or Down on the +Control Pad to change your viewing angle.

If a particular portion of a news article catches your attention, you can highlight that section for others by holding down the 1 Button and pointing at that section to select the text.

If you hold down the A Button and twist your Wii Remote while viewing the globe, you can change which way the globe faces. You can also do this on the Forecast Channel.

With some buttons, you can press and hold them to get the same effect as pressing them many times.

When viewing both the News Channel and the Forecast Channel, you can press your Wii Remote's HOME Button to view the Operations Guide for the channel you're viewing.

Have you seen my younger sister on the Photo Channel? If you point at her and press the A Button, she'll teach you secrets about the Photo Channel... But my sister is pretty quick, so you may have trouble catching her.

You can press the 1 or 2 Button during a slide show to adjust how long articles are displayed.

Photo Channel Usage Tips:

In some areas, you can aim the pointer while holding the B Button to scroll around the screen. What's that? "Where's the B Button?" Hmm... I wonder...

When you have a lot of photos on your SD Card, you can press up and down on the +Control Pad to scroll through them.

When + and - icons appear on-screen, pressing the + and - Buttons on the Wii Remote is the same as highlighting those icons and pressing the A Button.

There is an easy way to move from a close-up of one photo to a close-up of the next: just press left or right on the +Control Pad.

If you aim your cursor at a photo and press up or down on the +Control Pad, something will happen around the cursor. I don't know what, though...

The 1 and 2 Buttons are quite useful when you're watching a movie.

You can set slide shows to your favorite music. It involves an SD Card... And a computer... And MP3 music files.

Sorry! You'll have to ask someone in the know. But slide shows are much cooler when you set them to your favorite songs.

Have you tried selecting the Brighten and Hard-Boiled mood changes multiple times in a row?

If you do a mood change to a movie file, the sound changes, too.

The scissors in Doodle can do more than just cut. Try pressing the 1 Button while you cut or after you've cut.

There's a simple way to create composite photos. First, use the scissors to cut a piece out of one photo. Then just move to the photo you want to paste that piece onto!

Try pressing down on the +Control Pad and selecting the eraser while doodling. This will undo some of your changes.

If you hold down the 1 Button when you choose the number of pieces in a puzzle, the screen will... And if you do it when you view records, it will also...

You can also try your hand at puzzles of movie files.

If you hold some buttons down, you might be able to scroll faster.

Press the + or - Buttons during a slide show to adjust the volume. You have more volume options with MP3 files than you do with the default music.

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