The system's Parental Controls can restrict the following features or settings:
Step by step instructions on how to Setup the Parental Controls for the Nintendo 3DS system.
Step by step instructions on how to change the Parental Controls for the Nintendo 3DS system.
Step by step instructions on how to reset Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls
Once a game had been reviewed by the ESRB, it is assigned a rating and, at times, one or more content descriptors. These are designed to provide information on the type of content the game contains, and what age level the content is appropriate for. A game's rating is found on the front of the game's packaging, and game content descriptors, where applicable, are found on the back.
The ratings a game can receive are:
All games are reviewed and rated for content by the Classification Board. Parental Controls can block the use of Nintendo 3DS Games, Downloaded Games, and DSiWare based on those ratings.
Using parental controls, the following online features can be blocked:
There is no way to control where they can go if access is granted to a feature.
It is important for all parents to educate their children on the dangers of sharing personal information about themselves with strangers when using any online device, including the Nintendo 3DS system. We suggest that you talk with your children about online safety and make sure they know not to use personally identifiable information such as their name, age, email address, home address, phone number or birth date when creating their profile, their user name, or for any other services offered through the Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendo 3DS comes with optional Parental Controls to help parents take steps to protect their children on the Nintendo 3DS. The parental controls on the Nintendo 3DS give parents the ability to decide what information their children can share with other people. For example, you can choose to enable Parental Controls to block some of the Nintendo 3DS features, such as the ability to exchange photos with other Nintendo 3DS systems.
Whether or not you choose to enable Parental Controls, we highly recommend that you speak with your children about protecting their privacy on the Nintendo 3DS.
You should supervise your children’s use of the Nintendo 3DS at all times and assist them with the setup of the system.
Watch what games and applications your children are interacting with and talk with them about online safety and protecting their privacy from strangers with them and others as often as possible. You can never have too much knowledge about the games your children are playing.
If at any time you want to stop your children's use of online or interactive features of the system, you can restrict access using the Parental Controls setting (How to). Consider your child's unique personality, level of maturity and abilities when talking to them about their online safety and privacy. Every child is different, and parents should use their judgment in deciding which games and applications of the system are appropriate for their children.
The Nintendo 3DS has multiple ways of sharing information with others, including online multiplayer, DS Download Play, and more.
The Nintendo 3DS can communicate with other systems in two ways: over the Internet and over a local wireless connection. The system cannot access the Internet unless you take active steps to connect to it. However, the Nintendo 3DS does come pre-installed with other wireless communication features such as StreetPass, which allows you to wirelessly exchange data with other Nintendo 3DS systems within range.
Internet Access - The Nintendo 3DS allows you to connect online to play compatible games with other users from all over the world as well as download games and applications from the Nintendo eShop. The system does not currently come pre-installed with an Internet browser allowing you to view Web pages. However, the Internet Browser is scheduled to be available for download on the evening of June 6 Pacific time.
Wireless Communication - With the Nintendo 3DS system’s wireless capabilities, you can communicate with up to 15 other Nintendo DS systems within range of your system. This feature can be used by different games and applications to share data between users, such as sharing photos with the Nintendo 3DS Camera application, or to play multiplayer games over a local wireless connection. Here are a few things to keep in mind when using these wireless features:
For information on how a specific game uses wireless communication, please refer to the instruction booklet for that game. Parental Controls: You can block the sharing of photos and user-generated content (How To).
With the Nintendo 3DS and an online compatible game, players can connect with other gamers all over the world.
To protect your children’s privacy, make sure they know not to give out personally identifiable information such as their first and last name, phone number, birth date, age, email address, or home address when communicating with others.
With online games, you can play against anyone in the world, which usually means you are playing against people you do not know. Online gaming can be fun, but it opens you up to potentially inappropriate user-created content (such as user names, game levels, in-game chats, etc.).
We recommend that parents encourage their children to use the Friend List feature for Nintendo 3DS games, and Friend Codes for older Nintendo DS games to ensure that they only play online with people they know and trust. Using the Friend List and Friend Codes allows children to limit who they play with for a safer online gaming experience.
With the Nintendo 3DS, gamers can link to other players for multiplayer action, all without the use of cables. In fact, some titles are designed so that only one player needs a game in their system - everyone else simply downloads it from player one. If you are concerned about your children seeing user-created content through such games (such as user created levels or artwork) you can restrict your child's access to this game by setting the Parent Controls on the Nintendo 3DS to restrict access to user-created content.
The Nintendo 3DS allows you to share photos in two ways: over a local wireless connection with other Nintendo 3DS owners or by saving the photos to an SD Card. The Nintendo 3DS cannot display images created on other devices (such as cell phones or digital cameras). Only photos created with the Nintendo 3DS Camera can be used on the system.
The Nintendo 3DS system comes with an interactive digital camera offering 7 different "lenses" that can manipulate your photos in fun and creative ways, as well as manual settings that allow you to take more control over the look of your images. In addition to being saved directly on the system, these photos can also be saved to an SD Card. Whether the photos are on the system or an SD Card, they can only be shared wirelessly with other Nintendo 3DS owners. Parental Controls: You can block the ability to wirelessly exchange photos with others (How To).
You can save photos to an SD Card and transfer them to another Nintendo 3DS. You can also use your SD Card on any other device that can read images from an SD Card, such as a home computer. There they can be edited and uploaded to the Internet or printed without the permission of the photo's creator.
You cannot print images directly from a Nintendo 3DS, but once saved to an SD Card, the photos can be printed from another device that reads SD Card images (such as a home computer) and is attached to a printer.
For your protection, prior to selling or transferring your or your child's Nintendo 3DS, please be sure to clean and securely remove all personally-identifiable information, including any pictures and all other stored sensitive information, from the system.
Nintendo 3DS brings players together in an new way with the StreetPass feature.
While in Sleep Mode, the Nintendo 3DS system can automatically search for and communicate with Nintendo 3DS systems to exchange compatible game data like Mii characters, high scores, and custom characters, using local wireless. StreetPass must be activated before any data is exchanged.
The data transmitted with StreetPass varies depending on the software using this feature. So, be sure to check the software manual for specifics on what data the game or application exchanges.
Up to 12 applications can be activated to use StreetPass simultaneously. Each StreetPass compatible software program has its own StreetPass settings that can be deactivated individually. In addition, Parental Controls can restrict StreetPass activity, or all data exchange can be prevented by disabling wireless communication.
When data is received, a message appears on the notification list and the Notification LED blinks green.
StreetPass is only compatible with Nintendo 3DS software.
To get you started with this feature, the Nintendo 3DS comes with StreetPass Mii Plaza. StreetPass Mii Plaza lets players exchange custom made Mii characters.
To activate StreetPass, three things need to happen:
There are two applications that use StreetPass that are included with the system: StreetPass Mii Plaza and Nintendo 3DS Sound.
There is an offensive Mii character in the StreetPass Mii Plaza
Step by step instructions on how to block all Mii characters from a specific user.
Note: Parental Controls may also be set to restrict the use of the StreetPass feature
When exchanging StreetPass Mii Plaza data with another user, the following data is shared:
Information on how to stop all StreetPass Notification.