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3DS Sound

Plays and records audio, including ACC and MP3 files.

Music Files

To put music on there you can either just chuck it in the root of the SD card, or make a folder/s there. When listing music in the software it will first show you all folders together that contain music, even if they're subfolders. So don't bother organising stuff by putting artists in their own folders, as a folder without music files in it won't appear in the listing.

According to Nintendo's website the following formats are supported:

  • AAC files with .m4a, .mp4, and .3gp extensions
  • MP3 files with .mp3 extensions, bit rates of 16–320kbps, and sampling frequencies of 32–48kHz

So pretty standard, but no OGG >:-|

You can also make a small playlist of songs that will be used for StreetPass. I only found out about this is March 2020, so not sure what exactly gets shared, but it looks like it makes a 'top 10' list of songs based on that, and makes a note when your tastes match with other people's.

Exporting files for the 3DS on the Foobar2000 page.


There're lots of fun features when playing back music!

  • You can use the L and R buttons to play along with the music, and select different instruments to play by tapping on their icons.
  • You can, independently, change the pitch and speed.
  • View a bunch of 3-D visualisations, some you can control with the analogue stick.
  • Apply the filters that add echo, kinda remove the vocals, replace the song with '8-bit' instrumentation, and make it sound like it's playing on an old radio.
  • Loop certain parts of a song, as well as the usual repeat, and random features.

Mii Plaza

Bunch of minigames you play with Miis you've got via StreetPass.


  • ftpd - Simple FTP server for transferring files without having to turn the 3DS off and remove the SD card.
  • JK's Save Manager (JKSM) - Export and import save data.
  • Thenaya - Writing and ripping amiibos.

See Also


SD Card

On Linux I use mkfs to format the SD card. Guides say you need to format with a block size of 32kB/32768B, but mine is 4kB/4096B and seems to work fine? The DS emulator gives a warning, but otherwise works fine. Does seem a little slower than the card that came with the 3DS? Haven't had any luck with the recommended block size. Very likely I just don't understand disks stuff enough.

# mkfs.fat [disk]

Moving stuff to a new card is easy, just copy the directories over.


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nintendo_3ds.txt · Last modified: 2022/04/30 02:13 by rjt