How to Record Gameplay Videos on your 3DS

Laura Goodwin Sep 07, 2021 Record Game

The Nintendo 3DS is one of the most popular gaming device, with which you can enjoy some classic 3DS games, such as Super Mario 3D Land, Metroid: Samus Returns and others. How to record 3DS gameplay with a high quality for social media sites?

It is difficult to record the gameplay of 3DS to TV set or computer. Moreover, Nintendo 3DS does not have a default method to record the gameplay of 3DS directly within the device. What should you do? Just learn more about the 3 efficient methods from the article now.

Record 3DS Gameplay

Part 1: How to Record 3DS Gameplay Using a Capture Card

When you want to stream and record 3DS gameplay with high quality, capture card is a recommended method. You need to purchase a capture card and install it on the 3DS game console. There is 3DS viewer software on the capture card that stream gameplay to your PC.

In order to capture high quality videos, add facecam and microphone, or even further edit the gameplay videos, Vidmore Screen Recorder is professional 3DS gameplay recorder to capture videos from 3DS with a customized size and the original video quality.

  1. Record 3DS gameplay, microphone, facecam and others from 3DS console.
  2. Capture the 3DS gameplay in selected area, video qualities and formats.
  3. Advanced video and photo editing features to touch up gameplay files.
  4. Easy to user interface to record and edit the 3DS gameplay videos easily.

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Step 1: Install the capture card to the 3DS game console. You can connect the 3DS to your computer with a mini USB port to stream the 3DS gameplay video. Just preview the gameplay of 3DS with the default 3DS viewer software to make sure a high video quality.

Connect 3DS To Computer

Step 2: Download and install the 3DS gameplay recorder, you can launch the program on your computer. Go to the Recording preset to choose the desired video format, video quality, audio format, audio quality and even set up the task schedule recording.

Preset Settings

Step 3: Choose the Video Recorder option and customize the recording screen for the 3DS gameplay. When you need to add the facecam, you can also turn on the Webcam menu. Moreover, you can set up the Microphone and System Sound for the gameplay.

Video Recorder

Step 4: After that, you can click the REC button to record 3DS gameplay on your computer. You can start the gameplay on your 3DS game console. It will record the videos on your computer automatically. Moreover, you can also draw on the video or add marks for the recorded video.

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Note: It also enables you to have some basic video editing features. If you need to add a screenshot for the 3DS gameplay video, you can also use the snapshot feature to get a satisfied result with ease.

Part 2: How to Capture 3DS Gameplay with a Digital Camera

If you just need to record 3DS gameplay for your friends or co-players, you can use a digital camera, or even a smartphone. It is an economic method to capture videos, but you should pay attention to the video quality, background and more other restrictions when recording.

Step 1: Just adjust the best position for the digital camera on the tripod. Then you can choose the angle for the 3DS gameplay console, which you can preview the recording area within the camera.

Note: If you were using a smartphone, you should turn off the notification to avoid any interruption during the recording 3DS gameplay process.

Step 2: In order to get the best video, you can also adjust the light, choose some professional tools for the recording, such as mirror, flash light and more. Choose the desired recording mode of your digital camera.

Step 3: After that, you can turn on the camera and start the gameplay on your 3DS game console. Make sure you have a stable environment to capture the 3DS gameplay. Turn off the camera and save the files on your PC.

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Part 3: How to Stream and Record Gameplay of 3DS Wirelessly

NTR CFW method is a less mentioned method to record gameplay of 3DS. When you have a stable network to stream the gameplay videos, you can also record the files wirelessly without any hassle. But it is limited to the new 3DS devices, such as 3DS XL, 2DS XL only.

Step 1: When you need to record 3DS game console, you need to install the latest version of Python, Kit Kat Slim and NET 4.0 framework on your PC, or NiTRoMac on your Mac. Just follow the instruction to download and install the environment for the computer beforehand.

Step 2: Power down the console and eject the micro SD card. Insert it into the computer, download FONZD file and copy the extracted CIA file to the SD card. You can install the software, set up the N3DS, connect to the router and launch the newly installed Boot NTR selector app.

Step 3: After that, you can ensure the router is connected to the Internet. Power on the N3DS and connect to the router and locate the internal IP address. Launch the BootNTR Selector previously installed and enable debugger mode within the program.

Step 4: Launch Kit-Kat Slim on your PC and enter the N3DS IP address to stream the 3DS gameplay to your computer. Now you can use the default screen recorder OBS to capture gameplay videos from 3DS game console and download them for your social media sites.

Ntr Viewer 3DS

Note: In order to record audio, you will need to connect the N3DS to the PC's microphone or line-in using a double-ended 3.5mm audio cable. If your PC does not have a line-in port, you can purchase a cheap 3.5mm audio input to USB dongle.


When you want to record 3DS gameplay videos, you might find it much more difficult than PS4 or others. You just need to purchase a capture card, or use the NTR CFW method to stream the gameplay to computer. After that, you can use the Vidmore Screen Recorder to capture video and audio files. The capture card enables you to stream the gameplay via HDMI, while the NTR CFW method let you stream the video wirelessly. If the methods are difficult for you, you can just use a digital camera or smartphone to capture 3DS gameplay with ease. Of course, the video quality cannot be good enough for a Twitch account or social media websites. If you have any query about how to record gameplay videos of 3DS, you can share more details about your comments in the article.

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