How to Use Free Shop 9.7.1 to Download Games for Your Nintendo 3DS
If you are looking for a way to download games for your Nintendo 3DS without paying for them, you might be interested in Free Shop 9.7.1. This is a homebrew software that mimics the official eShop and allows you to browse and download games that you own (i.e. games for which you have the title key).
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Free Shop 9.7.1 on your 3DS, and what are the benefits and risks of using it.
Free Shop 9.7.1 is a modified version of Free Shop, an open source eShop alternative developed by TheCruel. It was released on December 2021 and it adds some new features and improvements to the original Free Shop, such as:
A new user interface with a dark theme and a better layout.
A faster and more reliable download speed.
A better compatibility with the latest games and updates.
A more stable and bug-free performance.
Free Shop 9.7.1 works by using encrypted title keys (encTitleKeys.bin) that you need to put in a specific folder on your SD card or download from a URL. These keys are used to decrypt and install the games from Nintendo's servers. You can only download games that you own or have purchased legally, otherwise you will get an error message.
How to Install Free Shop 9.7.1?
To install Free Shop 9.7.1 on your 3DS, you need to follow these steps:
You need to have a custom firmware (CFW) on your 3DS that allows you to run homebrew software and remove region restrictions. Do NOT ask about CFW issues in this thread.
You need to download the CIA file of Free Shop 9.7.1 from this link and copy it to your SD card.
You need to install the CIA file using a CIA installer of your choice (such as FBI or BigBlueMenu).
You need to put an encTitleKeys.bin file in the directory sdmc:/3ds/data/freeShop/keys/ or go to update settings in Free Shop and add a URL to auto-download (recommended). You can find some sources of encTitleKeys.bin online, but make sure they are updated and reliable.
You need to launch Free Shop and wait for a few minutes until it loads and refreshes all the games available for download.
How to Use Free Shop 9.7.1?
To use Free Shop 9.7.1, you need to follow these steps:
Browse and search for the games that you want to download using the categories, filters, and keywords.
Select the game that you want to download and press A to view its details and screenshots.
Press Y to add the game to your queue or X to start downloading it immediately.
Wait for the game to finish downloading and installing on your SD card.
Launch the game from your home menu and enjoy.
What are the Benefits and Risks of Using Free Shop 9.7.1?
Using Free Shop 9.7.1 has some benefits and risks that you should be aware of before using it.
The benefits are:
You can download games for free without paying for them.
You can download games of any region regardless of your console's region.
You can download games faster than using the official eShop.
You can download games that are not available on the official eShop anymore (such as delisted or discontinued games).
The risks are:
You may violate Nintendo's terms of service and copyright laws by downloading games that you don't own or have purchased legally.