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SpotPass (previously known as CrossPass) is a feature for the Nintendo 3DS. With it people can see various Nintendo-related media and movie trailers while also downloading things such as new levels for games.


When the 3DS is in Sleep Mode, the system can receive updates per SpotPass. Updates to applications such as the Nintendo eShop, Pokédex 3D, and Nintendo Video are achieved through this feature. Games can also use SpotPass to add new content such as levels, new playable characters and costumes, and other kinds of DLC. Your Nintendo 3DS system can automatically connect to a wireless internet access point. Once connected, special items will download automatically to your system via the SpotPass feature, even while in sleep mode. Some of these surprise items include exclusive content and promotions from Nintendo Zone™, unique 3D videos from the Nintendo Video™ service, and add-on game content from your favorite Nintendo 3DS games!

Not sure if you've received something? Look for the blue LED light on the outside of your Nintendo 3DS system or a blue dot on your favorite HOME Menu icon to find out what's been delivered to you.

Games and Applications

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Bravely Default Flying Fairy (Japan-only, original version - Does not interact with the International version)
    • Upload game's Save data (for Achievements and to transfer to For the Sequel) and your Friend Summon data; download Achievement Gifts and other people's Friend Summons
  • Bravely Default For the Sequel (International version)
    • Upload your Friend Summon; download other people's Friend Summon, get Achievement Gifts, and receive Nemesis from both Square Enix and other players.
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions
  • Dokodemo Honya-san (Japan-only; online store to purchase & read manga)
    • Notification of updates for new Manga and first-chapter samples
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Honto for Nintendo 3DS (Japan-only; online store to purchase & read various books)
    • Notification of updates for new books and book samples
  • Mario Kart 7
    • Upload your Ghost Race and download other Ghost Races/challenge other players
  • Miiverse
    • Notifies you of new posts
  • Nintendo Video (Region-locked; does not function outside of the physical Region itself)
    • Download various videos
  • Pokédex 3D
  • Pokémon X/Y
    • Get Holocaster updates
  • Rekochyoko (Japan-only; online store to purchase & download various songs/albums)
    • Notifications of updates
  • Sonic Generations
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza
    • Receive updates and new Puzzles
  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition
  • Swapnote
    • Send/receive Notes from Friends and Nikki, as well as from Nintendo about upcoming games)
      • Discontinued until further notice
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy