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[Tutorial] Export/Import save games to .3DS/.3DZ/CIA/eShop/Retail carts

Cha0s Em3rald Oct 12, 2015

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    [Tutorial] Export/Import save games to .3DS/.3DZ/CIA/eShop/Retail carts


    This guide was originally posted here on GBA Temp
    [Tutorial] Export/Import save games to .3DS/.3DZ/Retail carts | GBAtemp.net -> The Independent Video Game Community: 3DS, Gateway 3DS, NDS and R4, Wii, PSP, PS4, Xbox One and all the gaming universe

    Thanks to madridi4ever for writing the guide & for allowing me to share it on 3DS Chaos


    This guide is based on another tutorial here which confused me a bit so I hope it this makes it a bit more clear. This guide will cover some things that are not covered in the other thread. So I hope you guys benefit from it as I did.

    Please make sure to check out this original thread as all credits go to @liomajor :
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/tutorial...v-to-eshop-3ds-3dz-with-savedatafiler.380246/


    The following guide should let you do the following:
    .3DS Save -> .3DZ Save (Follow Parts A & B)
    .3DZ Save -> .3DS Save (Follow Parts A & B)
    .3DZ Save (Header A) -> .3DZ Save (Header B) (Follow Parts A & B)
    Retail Cart Save -> 3DS/.3DZ Save (Follow Parts C & B)
    .3DS/.3DZ Save -> Retail Cart Save (Follow Parts A & D)
    .3DS/.3DZ Save -> CIA/eShop Save (Follow Parts A & F)
    CIA/eShop Save -> .3DS/.3DZ Save (Follow Parts E & B)
    Retail Cart Save -> CIA/eShop Save (Follow Parts C & F)
    CIA/eShop Save -> Retail Cart Save (Follow Parts E & D)

    Requirements:
    - Original 3DS/3DS XL or 2DS
    - Firmware 9.2
    - Emunand
    - Gateway (Only if you are trying to export/import .3DS/.3DZ save files)
    - rxTools (only essential for Retail Cart backup)
    - SaveDataFiler

    Disclaimers/Assumptions:
    1- This guide doesn't cover N3DS. It might work with those steps, but the retail cart won't work as N3DS cannot use rxTools.
    2- I did not test this with Card2 games, so I am not sure if those steps will work fine for those games.
    3- You can use other CFW instead of rxTools such as Cakes. I'm using rxTools as an example only.
    3- As usual, use everything at your own risk. I am not responsible for anything that may go wrong.

    Before you do anything, make sure to backup your entire SD card!

    (A) - EXPORT .3DS/.3DZ save:

    Savegame example: Super Mario 3D Land (0004000000053F00) > 3DS Releases

    1. Connect the SD Card to your PC
    2. Copy your Savegame and save it as 000400000FF40A00.sav
    3. Put the SD back in the 3DS and execute Gateway exploit
    4. Mount the .3DS/.3DZ game you want to export the save from
    5. Start SaveDataFiler (CTR Card should not say broken!) and highlight CTR Card
    6. Press Y and then A to export the save game (It will now be in the SD tab)

    (B) - IMPORT Save to .3DS/.3DZ:

    Savegame example: Super Mario 3D Land (0004000000053F00) > 3DS Releases

    1. Run Gateway exploit and mount the game you want to import to.
    2. Start SaveDataFiler (You will see CTR Card broken!)
    Note: Depending on the game you are trying to import the save to, it might have an anti-save restore function. In this case, you need to highlight CTR Card, then click R+X to delete secret value before proceeding.
    3. Click on SD tab and highlight TitleID row of your exported save
    4. Press L+A and then A to import to CTR (CTR Card is no longer broken!)
    5. Turn your 3DS off and connect the SD CARD to your PC
    6. Copy 000400000FF40A00.sav and rename the copy to your TitleID 0004000000053F00.sav
    7. Put your SD Card back into your 3DS, turn your 3DS on and execute Gateway exploit
    8. Mount your Game and start it, you should see your save working now

    (C) - EXPORT RETAIL Cart save (No N3DS support):

    1. Connect the SD Card to your PC
    2. Setup rxTools: https://github.com/roxas75/rxTools/releases
    3. Put SD Card back into your 3DS, turn it on and run rxTools from the web browser
    4. Launch "rxMode", then press Y to run emunand
    5. Start SaveDataFiler (CTR Card should not say broken!) and highlight CTR Card
    6. Press Y and then A to export the save game (It will now be in the SD tab).

    (D) - IMPORT Save to RETAIL Cart (No N3DS support):

    1. Connect the SD Card to your PC
    2. Setup rxTools: https://github.com/roxas75/rxTools/releases
    3. Put SD Card back into your 3DS, turn it on and run rxTools from the web browser
    4. Launch "rxMode", then press Y to run emunand
    5. Start SaveDataFiler
    Note: Depending on the game you are trying to import the save to, it might have an anti-save restore function. In this case, you need to highlight CTR Card, then click R+X to delete secret value before proceeding.
    6. click on SD tab and highlight TitleID row of your exported save
    7. Press L+A and then A to import the save to the cart.
    8. Exit SaveDataFiler and run the game. Your save game should be working on the retail cart.

    (E) - EXPORT CIA/eShop save:

    Savegame example: Super Mario 3D Land (0004000000053F00) > http://www.3dsdb.com/

    1. Connect the SD Card to your PC
    2. Setup rxTools: https://github.com/roxas75/rxTools/releases
    3. Put SD Card back into your 3DS, turn it on and run rxTools from the web browser
    4. Launch "rxMode", then press Y to run emunand
    5. Start SaveDataFiler
    6. Highlight TitleID row of your exported save (Example: 0000053F)
    7. Press Y and then A to export the save game (It will now be in the SD tab)

    (F) - IMPORT save to CIA/eShop:

    1. Connect the SD Card to your PC
    2. Setup rxTools: https://github.com/roxas75/rxTools/releases
    3. Put SD Card back into your 3DS, turn it on and run rxTools from the web browser
    4. Launch "rxMode", then press Y to run emunand
    5. Start SaveDataFiler
    Note: Depending on the game you are trying to import the save to, it might have an anti-save restore function. In this case, you need to highlight TitleID row of the game you are tying to import to, then click R+X to delete secret value before proceeding.
    6. Click on SD tab and highlight TitleID row of your exported save
    7. Press R+A and then A to import the save to CIA/eShop game.

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    This tutorial has been through several revisions, and I think everything is complete now (with the exception on card2 saves, no idea how those work). Unless there are some mistakes or something new comes up, I would consider this to be the last version of this tutorial. Enjoy [​IMG]