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Information on Recent System and Feature Updates

Applies to:  Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo constantly aims to improve the functionality of its systems and services in order to provide the easiest, most user-friendly experience possible. As a part of these efforts, we are making Nintendo 3DS™ system updates available for download via the Internet.

Your Nintendo 3DS system and software are not designed for use with any unauthorized device and/or any unauthorized software. Please note that the Nintendo warranties do not cover any defects to or defects caused by unauthorized devices, software, modifications and/or non-licensed accessories. Furthermore such use may lead to injury to yourself or others and may cause performance issues and/or damage to your Nintendo 3DS system and related services. Nintendo (as well as Nintendo licensees or distributors) is not responsible for any damage or loss caused by the use of such devices, software, modifications or non-licensed accessories.

IMPORTANT: After the Nintendo 3DS system is updated, any existing or future unauthorized technical modification of the hardware or software of your Nintendo 3DS system, or the use of an unauthorized device in connection with your system, may render the system permanently unplayable. Content deriving from the unauthorized modification of the hardware or software of your Nintendo 3DS system may be removed. Failure to accept the update may render games unplayable.

In relatively newer versions of the Nintendo 3DS system update, updates can be received automatically when connected to a wireless access point. When the download is complete, you will receive a dialog on the HOME Menu detailing the steps to install the update.


Version 8.1.0-19U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


Version 7.2.0-17U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Added new Parental Control features:

    • Parents can now register an e-mail address within Parental Controls
    • Parents that have registered an e-mail can send themselves instructions on unlocking Parental Controls if they have forgotten their Parental Controls PIN

    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


Version 7.0.0-13U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Added Support for Nintendo Network IDs:

    • Users can now create or link a Nintendo Network ID, which is required to use some network services, from within System Settings
    • Nintendo eShop has been updated to support Nintendo Network IDs (*1)
    • For more information regarding Nintendo Network IDs, please visit our Nintendo Network ID introduction page

    Added Support for Miiverse:

    • Users can now view and post to Miiverse from Nintendo 3DS family systems
    • For more information regarding Miiverse, please visit our Miiverse introduction page

    Added a Software Update Notification:

    • A notification will now display when software is started and update data is available (*2)

    Removed the limit to system transfers:

    • The previous limit of five system transfers per system has been removed

    Changed the start-up method of Nintendo 3DS Camera from the HOME Menu:

    • Pressing the L and R Buttons simultaneously will now start the Nintendo 3DS Camera from the HOME Menu

    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


    *1 Credit card information stored on the Nintendo eShop will be deleted after this update is performed or after linking a new Nintendo Network ID
    *2 SpotPass must be enabled to use this feature


Version 6.2.0-12U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Added support for the StreetPass relay feature:

    • The Streetpass relay feature relays StreetPass data from one user that passes a Nintendo Zone to the next user that passes the same Nintendo Zone

    • For more information on this feature, click here

    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


Version 6.1.0-12U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Changes to StreetPass Mii Plaza:

    • The option to update StreetPass Mii Plaza is now available from the Streetpass Mii Plaza menu

      • Updating StreetPass Mii Plaza will provide new features, such as the ability to change your Mii character's expression and the ability to purchase new StreetPass Mii Plaza games*


    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

    *The ability to update within StreetPass Mii Plaza and purchase paid content is only available to users in countries where the full version of the Nintendo eShop is available.


Version 6.0.0-11U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:

    Save Data Backup Feature:

    • Users can now back up save data for downloadable versions of Nintendo 3DS software and most Virtual Console games

    Improved system stability and usability:

    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience


    For information about system updates prior to version 6.0.0-11U, please see the Nintendo 3DS Version Change History.

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