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Old 08-04-2014, 02:52 AM
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Hi, I'm planning to buy a 3DS XL, my local Best Buy has two types of 3DS XL models I am interested in.
- 3DS XL Mario and Luigi Dream Team (Pre-installed) Bundle ($200)
- 3DS XL Colour: Blue ($200)

When I play Mario and Luigi Dream Team, when I save my progress it will go to the SD Card because it is pre-installed, will 4GB be enough to finish the game and download demos, etc.? If not how much storage will I need? 16GB? 32 GB? And what type of SD card do you recommend?

And what takes up memory in a 3DS? I know downloading demos from the E Shop takes up memory, does anyone have any other examples?
Old 08-04-2014, 01:09 PM
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--the Mario Luigi bundle is what i recommend, for the same price as a stock blue XL.

--8GB is enough for now, unless you decide to go digital on your games, then go for higher capacity cards. you could always transfer the contents when you upgrade.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:23 AM
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The Dream Team save data will go to the SD card. In fact, for all digital 3DS games, the save data and the game itself are tied in the same file. As for the SD card size, the 4GB card has around 30,000 blocks, and Dream Team is 6,700 blocks. So you should have around 23,000 blocks figuring in things like game updates (there's actually one for Dream Team that fixes some glitches).

23k is enough for a a lot of Virtual Console games, and quite a few eShop games (which can range from double digits into the thousands). Although if you plan on downloading a ton of those games, or retail download ones like Dream Team. Eventually you'll need a bigger SD card. I recommend a 32GB, I download a moderate amount of eShop games and DLC, and it suits me just fine. I don't download any retail download games or many large eShop games, but a 32GB will fit a few of them. Although if everything you're buying will be digital, I recommend a larger 64/128GB card. They're not optimized for the 3DS by default, but there is a way to make them compatible. It doesn't require any mods on the 3DS and doesn't break the warranty.

http://lofi-gaming.org.uk/blog/2013/...gb-and-beyond/
Old 08-05-2014, 01:59 PM
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Although if everything you're buying will be digital, I recommend a larger 64/128GB card. They're not optimized for the 3DS by default, but there is a way to make them compatible. It doesn't require any mods on the 3DS and doesn't break the warranty.

http://lofi-gaming.org.uk/blog/2013/...gb-and-beyond/
nice shared article Jonie
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:22 AM
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So I bought the 3DS XL and it came with a 4GB SD Card, I'm it came pre-installed with Mario and Luigi Dream Team and I plan to finish that game. I'm probably gonna never make e-shop purchases and only buy the hard copies of games. But will 4GB be enough to support Mario and Luigi and future updates? I already have an update for my Pokemon X v.1.2. Will I need to upgrade to a 8GB to support future updates as well as the Mario game?
Old 08-06-2014, 09:41 AM
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nah, thats enough.
since you said you'd get the retail copies of the games
and no eshop purchases...4Gb is enough.

enjoy your new system mate!
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