How to Delete Games and Apps From Nintendo 3DS

Free up Space on Your 3DS by Deleting Unwanted Apps and Games

Nintendo 3DS Data Management. Image © Nintendo

It happens to all of us: We download a Nintendo 3DS app or game, use it a while, and then fall out of love with it. Since programs take up space on your SD Card, just like they do on any storage device, you should get rid of the things you’re not using to make room for what you do want.

Below are the steps you can take to delete applications and games from your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL.

How to Delete 3DS Games and Apps

With the Nintendo 3DS turned on:

  1. Tap the System Settings icon on the HOME Menu (it looks like a wrench).
  2. Tap Data Management.
  3. Tap Nintendo 3DS.
  4. Choose Software to pick a game or app, or Extra Data to choose the save data for the app.
  5. Select what should be removed and then tap Delete.
  6. Choose either Delete Software and Save Data or Create Save-Data Backup and Delete Software.
  7. Tap Delete once more to confirm the action.

Note: System apps and other built-in utilities can not be removed. These apps include Download Play, Mii Maker, Face Raiders, Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Zone Viewer, System Settings and Nintendo 3DS Sound, among others.