The following steps are required for you to connect to the Pretendo Network:
ℹ️ If installed directly from your console for the first time, you will still be required to install the associated IPS patches from GitHub. Once installed, updates may be managed purely from Universal-Updater
Before you start, power off your console and insert its SD card into your computer.
Once inserted, download the latest Nimbus release.
Nimbus is available as both a 3DSX app and an installable CIA. The releases page offers downloads for both. Select the version you would like to use, or select the
combined.[version].zip archive to use both.
Extract the contents of the zip archive to the root of your SD card. If you are asked to merge or overwrite files, accept the changes.
Ensure your SD card has all the following files
If not installed through Universal-Updater, ensure at least one of the following also exists
Insert your SD card back into your console.
In order to make use of the Pretendo Network service, you will need to enable Luma patches on your console. Hold the
SELECT button on your 3DS and power it on.
On the screen that is displayed, make sure that these following options are enabled:
Enable loading external FIRMS and modules
Enable game patching
START to save and continue with these changes.
Installing Nimbus to HOME Menu
If you downloaded the combined or cia archives, you can install Nimbus to the HOME Menu for quick and easy access.
Open FBI. If you do not have FBI, download the latest release from GitHub. Select
cias. Find and select
nimbus.cia. Select either
Install CIA or
Install and delete CIA.
Once it has finished installing, press the HOME button and exit FBI. You should see a message that a new application has been added to the HOME Menu. Click OK and you'll now have Nimbus on your HOME Menu.
Depending on how you installed Nimbus, launch it either through the Homebrew Launcher or the 3DS HOME Menu. Select either
Nintendo to swap between services.
Your selection persists between reboots.
Signing into your PNID
The 3DS does not rely on NNIDs for the vast majority of it's game servers. Because of this, using a PNID is also not required for most games.
Setting up a PNID on the 3DS is the same as setting up a NNID. You may either create the PNID on your console, or register from an account on our website and link it to your console at a later date
It is recommended to register the PNID on your device at this time, as registering on the website does not currently allow you to change your user data
How does Nimbus work?
Nimbus will create a 2nd local account set to the
test NASC environment. The IPS patches will set the
test NASC environment URLs to point to Pretendo. You may freely switch between Pretendo and Nintendo. Your selected mode will persist between reboots.
2nd local account?
You may have thought to yourself; "2nd local account? What's that? I thought the 3DS only had one account?" And you'd be half right. The 3DS only normally supports one account, and you may only have one account active at a time. However Nintendo implemented support for multiple local accounts on the 3DS/2DS which remains unused on all retail units. On a normal retail unit only one local account is ever made, which is set to the
prod NASC environment. Local accounts may be set to
dev. Nimbus makes use of this unused feature to create sandboxed local accounts with different environments
-  Some games may require a PNID for certain actions, such as eShop purchases. The only known game which requires a PNID for general use is Nintendo Badge Arcade, which is not yet supported