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Help your kids have more fun with their Nintendo 3DS family system by setting up a Nintendo Network ID (called an ID for short). They’ll be able to download free game demos and free-to-start games, watch video content, and more.

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Lesson 1: Set it up together

Lesson 1: Set it up together

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Creating an ID is easy to do. Since it requires the consent of a parent or guardian for anyone under 13 years old, it’s best to set up the ID on your child’s system for them.

On Nintendo 3DS family systems, you’ll start by going to “System Settings.” Then follow the step-by-step instructions found here.

Have a Wii U console? You’ll find instructions for that right here. 

 

Lesson 2: Find fun freebies

Lesson 2: Find fun freebies

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Now for the free stuff! Some games offer free demos, so you can find out if your kids like the game before you make the purchase. Or give them hours of fun without spending a dime with free-to-start games.

To find free demos, just tap the Nintendo eShop icon, then look for the category for “Games with demos.” Tap it to see a list of what’s available.  You can follow those same steps for “Free to start.”

You can also find free demos on the Nintendo.com game store using the “Demo available” filter. 

To find free-to-start titles, simply go to the Price category and select the “Free to start” filter. 

 

Lesson 3: Watch videos on your system

Lesson 3: Watch videos on your system

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You can download free applications from Nintendo eShop that let you access VOD content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube*. If you already have a subscription, it’s a great way to let the kids choose what they want to watch.

There’s also tons of free video content available from Nintendo, including game trailers, Nintendo Minute videos, Play Nintendo content, and more. Look for the “Newest videos” category on Nintendo eShop to see what’s available.

 

*Paid membership may be required. Visit Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube websites for details.

 

Lesson 4: Get discounts on digital games

Lesson 4: Get discounts on digital games

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Want the best prices on the games your kids want? Having an ID means you and your kids can  buy digital games on Nintendo eShop—sometimes for a discounted price that you won’t find in other stores. (Don’t worry—by restricting Nintendo 3DS Shopping Services via parental controls, they can’t purchase without your help.)

For a preview of the kinds of deals you might find, check out the Sales & Deals page

 

Lesson 5: Link to a Nintendo account

Lesson 5: Link to a Nintendo account

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You can set up a free Nintendo Account for your child so that he or she can have fun earning and redeeming My Nintendo points on their own. Find out how here.

Once the child account is created, you can then link it with the child’s ID for cool benefits such as birthday discounts, reward offers, and My Nintendo Gold Points on select digital purchases.

To link accounts, simply visit accounts.nintendo.com and click “Linked Accounts.” 

 

Bonus video:

Bonus video:

Watch for an in-depth look at creating an ID and Nintendo Account, how to link them, and all the great benefits you can get when you do.

Related Resources:

Related Resources:

How to Create a Nintendo Network ID on Nintendo 3DS, step-by-step instructions

How to Create a Nintendo Network ID on Wii U, step-by-step instructions

How to Create a Nintendo Account for kids

How to Link a Nintendo Network ID to a Nintendo Account

Where to create a Nintendo Account

My Nintendo Rewards Program 

 

 

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