If you’re looking to record or stream a Nintendo 3DS for YouTube or Twitch TV, then just read these simple steps. You’ll have your gaming footage online in no time!
We’ve been playing a lot of Nintendo Wii U games over on our YouTube channel. But we couldn’t help but feel like our viewers were missing out on the world of Nintendo 3DS games. So after a few months of waiting, our Nintendo 3DS capture card finally arrived from KatsuKitty in Japan and is now in action! Since we’ve been really pleased with the results, we thought we’d share how it’s done so you can record or stream your 3DS! If you’ve got any questions then feel free to leave us a comment below.
1. Get a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL Capture Card.
If you want to record or stream a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL, you’re gonna need a Nintendo 3DS capture card installed directly into your console. Sadly, this can only be done in Japan, USA and Germany, but all outlets will happily ship internationally. You can either buy a brand new Nintendo 3DS from these outlets with the capture card pre-installed, or send your existing console to get it modified and sent back to you. Here’s your options of where you can buy one:
- Worldwide: KatsuKitty Nintendo 3DS Capture Card (Our capture card from here died after 6 months!)
- UK & Europe: Merki Nintendo 3DS Capture Card (We now use and recommend this!)
- USA: Loopy 3DS Capture Card
The installation usually involves creating an extra mini USB port at the back of the Nintendo 3DS which allows the device to be connected and viewed on your PC via a simple cable connection. Not sure where you should get your capture card from? Check out our review of Merki/Loopy’s Nintendo 3DS Capture Card vs Katsukity’s Nintendo 3DS Capture Card.
2. Install the Nintendo 3DS viewer software.
Your Nintendo 3DS capture card will come bundled with a software download that allows you to view your Nintendo 3DS on your PC screen. Once you connect your console to your PC via the mini USB cable, open the viewing software and voila! You can now play your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL via your PC monitor.
However, this software won’t allow you to record or stream a Nintendo 3DS, so you’ll need to follow step 3 to get recording or streaming. Whilst Loopy/Merki’s Nintendo 3DS Capture Card does come with software that allows you to record, I’d highly recommend step 3 for a more reliable and higher quality recording solution.
3. Install Broadcasting Software.
Once you’ve installed the viewing software bundled with your Nintendo 3DS capture card, you’ll need broadcasting software if you want to record or stream a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL. We’d recommend the two listed below, which both work in a similar way:
4. In your broadcasting software, add a ‘window capture’ source.
After installing the broadcasting software, you’ll need to add a source that records everything from a specified window that’s currently open on your PC. So go ahead and launch the Nintendo 3DS Viewer software ready for recording or streaming.
In OBS, the final step simply involves adding a new ‘Window Capture’ source and then selecting Nintendo 3DS Viewer software from the drop-down box. Lastly, just click ‘Preview Stream’; if you’ve done it right, you should be able to see and hear your Nintendo 3DS gaming footage. If everything is ok, cancel the preview and click ‘Start Recording’ or ‘Start Streaming’ and proceed to record or stream your Nintendo 3DS to the world!
That’s all folks…
So there you have it! There’s really nothing other than the price standing in your way if you want to record or stream a Nintendo 3DS. Wanna see it in action? Check out our Final Fantasy Explorers gameplay video, which recently came out on the Nintendo 3DS. With the help of a nice overlay, you can theme the blank space around the footage to compliment that game you’re playing. Check it out below!
Any questions? Problems setting it up? Not sure about how to send your Nintendo 3DS or order your 3DS capture card? Let us know! After all, we’ve done the whole process ourselves already! Please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll try and help you out in setting everything up. If this post helped you and you’d like to help us, please donate to help keep this blog and our YouTube channel alive!