Capcom’s popular monster hunting series arrived on Nintendo Switch this week with the worldwide release of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, an expanded port of 3DS’s Monster Hunter Generations. If you’ve already sunk a considerable amount of time into the 3DS version and don’t want to start over, you can transfer your progress to the Switch game and carry on with the same hunter. Doing so is a fairly straightforward process, but there are quite a few steps you’ll need to follow, which is why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you along.
To transfer your 3DS save data to the new Switch game, you’ll first need to install the Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Save Data Transfer App on 3DS. You can download the app for free from the 3DS Eshop or directly on Nintendo’s website. Once that has been installed, launch the Save Data Transfer App, then choose the option to link your 3DS and Switch systems. This will generate a transfer password. Be advised that you’ll need to have an internet connection in order to generate a password.
Once that step has been completed, the Save Data Transfer App will display a new option that says “show transfer password.” Select this, then choose the Data Transfer option from the main menu of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Switch. Select the option to link your 3DS and Switch, then input the transfer password when prompted to establish a link between the consoles.
With those preliminary steps out of the way, you’ll now be able to actually send your save data over to the Switch game. Return to the Sava Data Transfer App on 3DS. Click the “save data transfer” option, then choose to send your data when prompted. Back on Switch, select Data Transfer from Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate’s main menu once again and choose the option to “receive save data.” Your progress will then be carried over.
Once you’ve transferred your save file, you’ll be able to use your same hunter and equipment in Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate on Switch. While most of your data carries over, there are a small handful of exceptions, such as Hunters for Hire quest and Meownster Hunter expedition progress. You can read more about the process on the official Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate website.
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch. GameSpot awarded it a 7/10 in our Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate review and said, “Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate game is not for the faint of heart. It is a commitment, and it’s not something that you genuinely play casually. You can sink dozens of hours into the game and still not get close to conquering the full set of monsters contained within. For those that are down for such an extraordinary adventure, there’s more than enough here to thrill and delight.”