Download Now and Later on the 3DS

What's the difference between downloading options?

When you shop on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the device asks 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. It merely asks 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're doing with the device at the moment.

Nintendo 3DS eShop

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

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

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