How To Play MP3 Files On Your Nintendo 3DS

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The 3DS has some really cool features that you might not of even know about.  Did you know that the Nintendo 3DS can play music in MP3 and AAC format without you having to convert the music into some sort of crazy format for it work? Well not only that, you can have a lot of fun playing around with your songs in the Nintendo 3DS’s music player. If you want to test it out, follow the step by step instructions on how transfer the music from your PC to your 3DS below.  Don’t worry it’s super easy to do.

Instructions on Transferring Music from PC to 3DS:

  1. Turn off your Nintendo 3DS.
  2. Remove the SD card from its slot. The SD card slot is located on the left side of your 3DS. Open the flip cover for the SD card slot, then push in the SD card in you will hear a click sound this will release the SD card.
  3. Insert the SD card into your computer that has the music files you want to transfer to your Nintendo 3DS.  ** Special NOTE ** Your computer must have an SD card reader / You can also use a SD – USB adapter.
  4. Next click “My Computer” icon on your desktop, then click on your removable media drive/disk, this is normally after your CD/DVD drive letter.
  5. Next step is to copy the music from your PC to the SD card.  (This step you can do in a number of different ways, you could open another window that contains the music you want to transfer. Copy and paste the music files that you want on your Nintendo 3DS onto the SD card.   ** SPECIAL NOTE ** The music should go on the cards root directory or in a “MUSIC” Folder: Do not put it in the folders marked “Nintendo 3DS” or “DCIM.”
  6. When the copying is done transferring, safely remove the SD card from your computer.
  7. Place the SD card, connectors-up, back into your Nintendo 3DS. ** SPECIAL NOTE ** Make sure the power is off.
  8. Turn on the 3DS.
  9. Now the fun begings!! Start up “Nintendo 3DS Sound” on the menu screen.
  10. Navigate down with the controller to the folder /SDCARD Press the A button to select your music from a menu and enjoy! 



  1. You can assign a playlist, do this by playing a song, then click the “Add” button on the bottom left section of the screen.  Here you can select a playlist, or  create a new one.
  2. When the music starts up you can have some fun manipulating the song. When the song is playing, tapping the buttons on the bottom screen you can change the song’s speed and pitch.  Another awesome  features you can do is convert the song to an 8-bit game. You can also use the L and R buttons to add effects, such as claps, drums, barking and more.
  3. The coolest part of  is Pulling the rope on the bottom screen (blue handle) to assign a different graphical display that plays while the music is going.  There’s quite a lot of old school retro love here, my personal favourite is the classic Game & Watch feel that has the little man juggling a soccer ball in the air (just like FIRE and PARACHUTE),  you can play the game and it’s really cool to see it in action – brings back good memories. Other retro games you can see are NES classic Excite Bike and a REZ style shooting game, if you have pictures on your 3DS you can also enjoy a slideshow while the music is playing.
  4. Now plug in your headphones, close the Nintendo 3DS, and the music will still play through your headphones.
  5. You can also shuffle through your playlist on the 3DS by pressing the left and right buttons on the d-pad.
  6. You can also add music to Streetpass, add the music you like to Streetpass playlist, turn it on and walk around place 😉

That’s all folks, hope this was helpful. Check out the images below, let us know what you thought of this little guide and also what your favourite graphical display is 🙂

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  • Michael Jordan

    You CAN play the Game & Watch Game. Just move the circle pad to start the game!

  • jerry

    You can play the game & watch game while your listening to your music. just use the circle pad and it will control the man

  • Nice post, Phil. 😀

  • TheyCan

    Music files CAN be stored inside folders. It doesn’t have to be the root.

  • Cellophane Girl

    That’s pretty cool. I didn’t know that the 3DS could do that.

  • Zowwerz

    Seems like alot of effort, should just be a simple thing that is readily available!

    • Cellophane Girl

      It just seems like a big effort because they explained the steps so well. It’s pretty much take out SD card, slap MP3’s on, slap card back in, enjoy music.

  • faur enough but wont you already be using your mp3 player or phone or lap top or something else that already enables this

  • Moonfeather11

    I dont have the folder SDCARD!!! Tell me what to do pleaz!!

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