Download Now and Later on the 3DS

What's the difference between downloading options?

Whenever you decide to do a little shopping on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the device will ask you whether you want to download your selected game right at that moment or at a later time.

What the Options Mean

The wording of these options might seem a little confusing, but it is merely asking if you want to start the download at that precise moment (“Now”) or the next time you put the Nintendo 3DS in Sleep Mode (“Later”). One might be more handy or even necessary, depending on what you are doing with the device at the moment.

Nintendo 3DS eShop
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The “Download Later” option is convenient. For one thing, downloading games in sleep mode is a little easier on your Nintendo 3DS’s battery. For another, you can queue up several games to download. Then you can close your 3DS and make a sandwich.

Whenever you want to check on the status of your queued downloads, all you need to do is to open your 3DS.