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[Unanswered] Animal Crossing 3DSXL Question
Old 06-05-2014, 03:00 AM
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Hey everyone,

I am new to the DS world, so I have a quick question. I recently bought a 3DSXL from someone. It is the animal crossing edition (white with the colored icons on it. Looks like a pop-tart), so it supposedly came with animal crossing preinstalled. Upon looking at this DS, there are also other games which the previous owner had installed. I really want the games, especially animal crossing, but I don't like being logged into the previous owner's profile on the DS. (Have access to his online account, friend list, and it has his name and such on it). Two scenarios I have questions about:

1. If I were to simply log out of his account and make one for myself, would that make it to where I couldn't play the downloaded games anymore? As mentioned before, I am mostly worried about the animal crossing game. Since it is preinstalled, if I were to log out of his account, everything was lost, would I be able to re download animal crossing because I have the animal crossing DS?

2. If the above scenario would not work, if I were to format the 3DS completely, would I be able to download animal crossing back onto the system since it is the animal crossing edition?

Sorry if this is confusing. Let me know if you need more information. I tried to give all the info I could think of.

Thanks for your help!

Old 06-05-2014, 03:15 AM
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I don't think it's possible to save any of the games if you erase his stuff/don't use his account. That's how nintendo tracks stuff I think.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:36 AM
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Thanks for your reply. I guess my question now is, since the other owner did not purchase animal crossing, since it was pre-installed on the 3DS, will I be able to download it again to the DS after i format it or log out of his account? Since it shouldn't be tied to his account, I feel like I should be able to get it back. I've been seeing a lot of stuff about the ambassador DS people who have access to certain games, and I feel like the Animal crossing edition DS should be similar to that, except only with the animal crossing game that came with it.
Old 06-05-2014, 05:08 AM
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My understanding is that once he linked his account to the 3DS the game was permanently linked to it.

However, if the games are still there then that means he has not performed a device transfer, and is unable to put his account onto another 3DS without access to the poptart.
My suggestion is to ask him if he has a Wii U, and if not then maybe you can take over the Nintendo ID. Then you just have to change the password, attached email, and maybe change the account information. You can't change the birthdate though.
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