Gaming Consoles & PCs Download Now and Later on the 3DS Share Pin Email Print Nintendo Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide By Nadia Oxford Writer Nadia Oxford is a former Lifewire writer with 10+ years' experience. Her articles have appeared in Pocket Games Magazine, Play Magazine, Game Pro, IGN and others. our editorial process Twitter Nadia Oxford Updated July 31, 2019 23 23 people found this article helpful Whenever you decide to do a little shopping on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, you’ll be asked if you want to download your selected game right at that moment, or later on. What the Options Mean These options are worded a little confusingly, but you’re simply being asked 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”). The “Download Later” option is very handy. 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, simply open your 3DS.