3DS GBA Virtual Console Game Save Backup and Restore with GodMode9

If you have followed my previous tutorial on Nintendo 3DS GBA Game Injection to play GBA games on the 3DS then you might be wondering how you can backup your save games or even restore a save game from an emulator or from a real GBA game cartridge.

You can do this quite easily with GodMode9 once you know how.

If you have injected some GBA games on to your 3DS then you have CFW and should have GodMode9 installed as this is used during the process to install CFW on your 3DS when following the popular https://3ds.guide however if you hacked your 3DS a long time ago then its quite possible your version of GodMode9 is out of date. The ability to backup GBA savegame is quite a new feature on GodMode9, so first download the latest version of GodMode9.

Unzip this to your 3DS’s SD card in the lumapayloads folder, overwriting the existing payload:

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Your all set to backup your GBA save games on the 3DS now.

Backing up GBA Saves on the 3DS:

Keep in mind you can only backup the save of the last GBA game you played, so launch the GBA game you wish to backup:

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Let the game load, then press the home button and exit back to the 3DS home screen before powering the 3DS off.

Now hold the start button and press the power button to turn the 3DS on, this should launch GodMode9 by default. If it doesn’t you have likely assigned a different button to hold when powering the 3DS on to load GodMode9.

When GodMode9 loads go down to Sysnand Virtual and press A:

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Press A on agbsave.bin, this is the save game which was restored to the 3DS’s nand when you loaded the last GBA game you played up:

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Press A on AGBSAVE options:

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Select Dump GBA VC save:

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The GBA save should be dumped to gm9/out on the SD card:

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As you can see the save game has been dumped with the title ID of the installed GBA game with .gbavc.sav as the file extension:

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You have now backed the save up and can use it on an emulator, or even restore it to a real GBA game cartridge if you have a DS / DS Lite with a Flash Card and GBA Backup Tool. Either way i’d suggest copying it to somewhere safe on your computer.

Restore GBA Saves on the 3DS:

You are almost doing the reverse of what you have just done to backup a save.

Again keep in mind you can only restore the save of the last GBA game you played, so launch the GBA game you wish to restore the save to:

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Let the game load, then press the home button and exit back to the 3DS home screen before powering the 3DS off.

Now hold the start button and press the power button to turn the 3DS on, this should launch GodMode9 by default. If it doesn’t you have likely assigned a different button to hold when powering the 3DS on to load GodMode9.

Go to the SD card and find the GBA save you wish to restore:

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Press Y on the save you wish to restore and it will be copied to the clipboard, you will see [Clipboard] in the top right of the bottom screen when you have done this, as shown below:

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Now navigate to Sysnand Virtual:

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Press A on agbsave.bin, then on the bottom screen select AGBSAVE options:

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Then inject GBA VC Save:

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The save game will then be injected:

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You now know how to restore a GBA save, you can restore a save from an emulator, or even from a real GBA cartridge if you dump the save with a tool such as GBA Backup Tool using a DS or DS Lite.

I have personally been enjoying playing my GBA games on a much larger screen:

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Hopefully this tutorial has been some help to you.

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