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[Guide] How to Install Mods for Smash 3DS

A Tutorial for Super Smash Bros. (3DS)

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So yeah. Not many people asked other people on how to install mods. Some people follow outdated videos on Youtube and ends up bricking their 3DS or so. So, here's a guide for dummies like you.

Note: Installing Smash 3DS Mods is the same for other games with SaltySD support but in a different directory.
Example is Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon:
sdmc/saltysd/UltraSunMoon/
Just read the PATCHING.md

(Outdated Disclaimer)
If you're 3DS is not modded and below firmware 11.4, please follow this guide to install CFW on your 3DS. DO IT PROPERLY! If your 3DS is updated to 11.6, you're screwed unless you own a compatible flashcart for NTRBoot Method or a friend who have CFW so that you could do the Seedminer Method. Follow the guide for Seedminer and follow the guide for NTRBoot(if you already own a compatible flashcart).

 If you have CFW and on 11.6 onwards, you can proceed to this guide.
(NEW Disclaimer)
If you're 3DS is not modded, please follow this guide to install CFW on your 3DS. DO IT PROPERLY!
Come back here once you're done modding your 3DS.

1. Requirements:

  • Modded 3DS with Luma CFW
  • Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS
  • SaltySD's code.ips
  • A Mod that you want to install
  • Smash Selector(Optional)
  • ModMoon(Optional)

2. Preparing:

  1. Open Luma Configuration by holding Select while pressing the Power button
  2. Check "Enable game patching" and then hit Start to boot up to the menu screen
  3. Power off your 3DS and insert your SD Card to your computer

3. Installing SaltySD(Normal Way):

  1. On your SD Card, open luma folder and create a new folder called "titles" and then create a folder and name it after your game's ID:
    US: 00040000000EDF00
    EUR: 00040000000EE000

    JP: A0040000000B8B00


    Basically, you need to have the file structure to look like this:
    SD CARD LETTER:\luma\titles\<Your Game's ID above>\
    *SD CARD LETTER is your SD Card or root. Don't take this name seriously and create a folder as "SD CARD LETTER:"
  2. Paste the code.ips to the folder
  3. Make sure the name should be "code" and not "saltysd-code"

3.1. Additional Note(code.bin):

Since mods nowadays are require to use the High Poly Code by Super Smash Bros. Neos, it's basically the same way as how you install code.ips with the exception of deleting that said code.ips and replace it with code.bin. Although, Neos did have code.ips for their High Poly Code. It's just these modders here distribute the code.bin and not the code.ips. So apologies for the confusion. 
TL;DR:
  1. On your SD Card, open luma folder and create a new folder called "titles" and then create a folder and name it after your game's ID:
    US: 00040000000EDF00
    EUR: 00040000000EE000

    JP: A0040000000B8B00


    Basically, you need to have the file structure to look like this:
    SD CARD LETTER:\luma\titles\<Your Game's ID above>\
    *SD CARD LETTER is your SD Card or root. Don't take this name seriously and create a folder as "SD CARD LETTER:"
  2. Paste the code.bin to the folder
  3. Delete code.ips if you want to use code.bin only.

4. Installing SaltySD(Smash Selector(Obsolete)):

Note: I know that Smash Selector is obsolete. I highly recommend you Smash Selector users to uninstall that and install its successor, ModMoon.
Just follow this guide(GBATemp) or this guide(Gamebanana) for Smash Selector.
I'm not a Smash Selector user. I did try it out before. It's a nice app though. Highly recommended to those New 3DS(both New 3DS and New 3DS XL) user cause you don't like to unscrew the back cover the whole time you tried to install a mod. :)


5. Installing SaltySD(ModMoon):

Just follow this guide for ModMoon.
It's easier for you guys to install SaltySD. If any concerns, visit the Smash 3DS Hacking Server.
(Please don't DM me for asking for the server. You can find those there. Check FAQ)

6. Installing Mods:

  1. Download a specific mod that you like here on Gamebanana(Wii U sounds would work for 3DS but you have to rename them), GBATemp(mainly this one and this one), or other sites.
  2. If the mod contains a model folder or other folders, place them inside smash folder and you're done.
  3. If the mod doesn't contains a model folder or something, create a new folder. Here are the directories for characters:
    Low Poly Models:
    saltysd\smash\model\fighter\\body\c0x <-- change x to 0-7
    High Poly Models:
    saltysd\smash\model\fighter\\body\h0x <-- change x to 0-7
  4. For musics and sounds, here's the directory:
    saltysd\smash\sound\bgm(background music), se(sound effects), vc(voice clips)
  5. Eject your SD Card and then insert to your 3DS
  6. Open Smash 3DS and wait for it to load(some modpacks like UsM-eM, Neos, and Turbo'd will load too slow when you first install them, depending on the type of SD card you use)
  7. Enjoy!
But since people have a hard time understanding things, here's an example.
I'll use N64 Mario as an example(this might get updated or trashed in the future).
If you look at the ZIP file, you can tell that it's not in its right folder which won't load the mod properly.


Fighter:
All you have to do is create a folder and name it model in smash folder.
Then, create another folder inside model folder and name it fighter.
Then, create another folder inside fighter folder and name it mario. (Case sensitive. No CAPS in the name)
Then, create another folder inside mario folder and name it body.
Lastly, drag c05 and h05 in the body folder.

So it will look like this:
saltysd\smash\model\fighter\mario\body\c05
saltysd\smash\model\fighter\mario\body\h05


UI:
All you have to do is create a folder and name it ui in smash folder.
Then, create another folder inside ui folder and name it replace.
Then, create another folder inside replace folder and name it chr.
Then, create five folders inside chr folder and name them:
  • chr_00
  • chr_20
  • stock_00
  • stock_90
Lastly, drag chr_00_Mario_06.tex to the chr_00 folder and vice versa.

So it will look like this:
saltysd\smash\ui\replace\chr\chr_00
saltysd\smash\ui\replace\chr\chr_20
saltysd\smash\ui\replace\chr\stock_00
saltysd\smash\ui\replace\chr\stock_00

Note: If you don't want to make folders, you could download the template.
https://mega.nz/#!lMpWzJoI!u8OPp0I3NxUpSfVOk71ae-J_6wN1Yjrg_0WBVBDqNi8

7. Recap:

  • Luma Config: select Enable Game Patching
    Ignore the rest of the option that I checked. Plus, I haven't updated Luma yet. ONLY check Enable Game Patching
  • SaltySD bin or ips should be named code
  • Placement:
    US: luma\titles\0004000000EDF00\code.ips or code.bin
    EUR: luma\titles\0004000000EE000\code.ips or code.bin
    JP: luma\titles\A004000000B8B00\code.ips
     or code.bin

8. Uninstall Mods:

Now look. This is by far the EASIEST way to unintall mods. But since there are people who are too afraid to touch a file or delete it and might get brick for no particular reason at all, here's how to uninstall mods if you don't want to play mods entirely.

  1. Go to luma/titles/ and delete the Smash title id folder
  2. Go to the root of your SD Card and delete saltysd folder

Here's one for uninstalling ModMoon:
  1. Go to 3ds folder and delete ModMoon.
  2. Go to luma/titles/ and delete the Smash title id folder
  3. Go to the root of your SD Card and delete saltysd folder
It's that simple. How hard could it be?
But if you want to uninstall one mod and keep the other, there are two options, either delete the certain mod you don't want to use or delete everything and reinstall the mod again.

9. FAQ:

Q: Is this for the Nintendo Switch?
A: NO! This is for the Nintendo 3DS and there are no guides on installing SaltySD for the Switch here on Gamebanana. I would like to call SaltySD for the 3DS as "SaltySD 3DS" or "OG SaltySD" for now to avoid confusion with Smash Ultimate modders.

Q: Are these mods Wifi-Safe?

A: Most mods are Wifi-Safe. Modpacks like UsM-eM, Neos, or Turbo'd or custom stages like Sector Z or Metal Cavern are not Wifi-Safe. But if your friend have modded 3DS and installed the same mods as yours, you can play with it as long as it's not For Fun and For Glory.

Q: Does SaltySD supports 1.1.7?
A: Yes.

Q: Does SaltySD supports on firmware 11.10/11.11(EUR)?
A: Yes.


Q: HELP! I'm using Smash Selector/ModMoon and I can't see my mods!
A: Please check your saltysd folder and make sure that the folder should be "smash" folder instead of smash1/Slot_1 or whatever.

Q: The game froze/crash!
A: There are ways to fix those crashes:
-Try removing the ui folder. Some reported that the cause of the froze could be UI. So deleting them would work. For mods without UI, that's likely unknown. Try deleting everything inside smash folder and install them back.
-There are also reports that their SD Card is not good. Make sure your SD Card have FAT32 and Speed Class 10.
-Some mods here tend to crash on European version. It's just SaltySD European code.ips being buggy.
-Backup extData through Checkpoint or JKSM or any save manager and then go to System Settings, Data Management, 3DS, Extra Data, and delete Smash 3DS.

Q: There's a weird black outline on the character. How to fix it?
A: These "black outlines" on imported characters is the edge.mbn. To remove it, download this one and place it on c0x or h0x(change x to 0-7) or modify your own.
Also, download this 1KB edge.mbn to reduce storage space but likely won't work on some with 2 or more submeshes.

Q: Hmm? On Team Battle, I can't tell which one is my teammate when I'm using an import. Help.
A: edge.mbn is responsible for the outlines and team colors. It's merely impossible to edit edge.mbn's model for now.

Q: I wanted to add these mods in my modpack!
A: You could as long as you asked permission to the creator of the mod. There are several mods added here without permission to the creators. In the end, these modpacks will get deleted for not asking permission.

Q: Can I post someone's mod from GBATemp to Gamebanana?
A: NO! That's considered stealing. as If you asked permission to the creator or you ARE the creator in a different name, you should(with proof like say something on GBATemp). Also, if you post someone's mod, make sure you set as REDISTRIBUTOR.

Q: Can you link me to nudes for Smash 3DS?
A: Not unless you pay me $5 on my PayPal. DM me for it

Q: Is it safe for me and my opponent who use the same stage import on For Glory?
A: Not sure. But don't try to use one imported stage with modified collision online. You might get into trouble.

Q: Can we use Neos/UsM-eM's skins and sounds online?
A: Sure! But you have to delete the anim folder or anything that is edited like param and animCMD.


Q: Will this work on older versions like 1.1.4 or 1.0.0?
A: No. SaltySD only support the latest version.


Q: Can I use Wii U's .nud and .nut to the 3DS?
A: No because they're using different format. If you want to play Wii U imports on the 3DS, you should make a request and let someone port it to the 3DS.

Q: When I try to add c08/h08 or more for additional costume, it won't work.
A: You need to modify ui_character_db.bin and extend the costume slot to make it work. You also need the other files that are in c00 and h00 in the additional costume slots. Without them, the game will crash.

Q: I download a mod and it doesn't work!
A: There are alot of reasons why it doesn't work. Most notably, you didn't install the mod right as some mods don't have the right directory or missing a folder. Others have the folder with captial word like Smash or Luigi. Files are case sensitive. Some folders have to be lowercase which is why I have the temaplate so that you won't lose it.

Q: I made a folder called <insert custom name> in the fighter folder and it didn't work. It's over <insert fighter name>.
A: You cannot make custom names in the fighter folder or the mod will not work. For example, if you name "Grand Dad" instead of "Mario", of course it won't work. Also, this is NOT how you get additional character slots.


Q: HELP! I'm using MacOS and my mods are not working!
A: Follow this! Don't ask me as I don't use MacOS



There are plenty of questions about installing mods or whatnot. Anyways, enjoy using them. :)

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    Thanks for making this tutorial. I've ben enjoying Smash so much more now that I have Ocarina of Time Link in it.
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    When i try to make another MII, it just crashes.
    Can you help?
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    I have a mod of Freddy Fazbear (High Poly Only) Made by SneakyKNG.  But my doubt is.  When I download the mod and on the fighter / ganon / body path, only the h0X folders appear and c0X does not appear.  They give me a code.ips but I don't know which way to put it.  I would like you to help me please, thank you
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    Im putting mods in modmoon and it keeps saying failed to move 3ds/Modmoon/00040000000EDF00/Slot_1 to saltysd/smash 

     someone please help me
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    This whole tutorial kinda lost itself after ModMoon happened. Wanted to play NEOS again, used to use Smash Selector, but I saw this tutorial got updated, so got ModMoon but now no matter what I do it always loads default Smash.
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    Do i need use mod Moon for my ''Old'' 3DS Flare Red?
    I ask because i use Smash Selector and I am a user from OLD 3DS Flare Red Miguel92398
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    I've been trying for so long to get this Wolf mod to work https://gamebanana.com/gamefiles/7960 I'm using an old 3ds with CFW and ModMoon and literally every time I try to open the mod it gives me this error:

    Failed to move slot file from /3ds/ModMoon/00040000000EDF00/Slot_1 to /saltysd/smash!

    Error code:
    2

    I've tried moving the folders and files and stuff and disabling and enabling the mod (like the tutorial for ModMoon on gbatemp said) and the "Wolf" mod shows up on the bottom screen when I open ModMoon, but it always gives me the same error before I start up Smash and the mod doesn't work. I made a "saltysd" folder on the root of my SD card with an empty "smash" folder in it, and in the 3ds/ModMoon folder I put a folder with my region code, then code.ips and "Slot_1" in that folder, and then the files for the mod in that folder. It seems like I'm almost getting the mod to work but then one thing prevents it from loading, I just don't know what it is. Sorry for the really long post, I just need some help because I've been trying to do this over the past few weeks but to no avail.
    Also if it matters I'm using a mac to transfer my files.

    EDIT: The mod(s) are still not working, but I was also wondering what to do if I want two mods/slots for mods. I made another slot "Slot_2" with files for this mod https://gamebanana.com/skins/164823 in /3ds/ModMoon/00040000000EDF00 but that mod isn't even showing up on ModMoon. I can only really find a couple tutorials for ModMoon and the rest are outdated SmashSelector/SaltySD tutorials.
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    I found the same guide from Mod3dscard.com, also clear, but I think the steps are complicated
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    So what do you mean by 
    1. If the mod contains a model folder or other folders, place them inside smash folder and you're done.? Because I downloaded and put in all my mods inside the folder, like lucinaolivia and it has the folders inside yet it's not showing up, do I still need to put the .txt files in their right place or what?

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    Will this work on 11.9.0-42U with CFW and cartridge?
    Will it effect my cartridge? Make Smash Bros not work?
    Can you please make a video tutorial? Thanks.
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