Nintendo 3DS system update info

The latest system update is 11.6.0-39U

Recent updates via wireless Internet connection have included the following improvements:

HOME Menu Layout:

This option allows you to save and load up to 8 different versions of your customized HOME Menu, using your themes and software icons. Browsing for new themes in the Theme Shop is now even easier, with new categories being added under the "View more" button.

For more information on this system update, visit support.

HOME Menu Themes:

You can customize your system by applying themes to your HOME Menu background, icons, and folders. Five free themes are available, with more available to purchase and download in the Theme Shop, found on your HOME Menu. These include more colors and patterns, plus special themes based on fan-favorites such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda series that come with music, sound effects, and animations.

Learn more about themes

Added support for Nintendo Network ID:

Users can now create a Nintendo Network ID on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Users may either create a new ID or register the same ID they have created for their Wii U system.

Using the same ID on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems will allow users to combine their Nintendo eShop balances and Wish Lists. A Nintendo Network ID will now be required to download free content, including game demos, from Nintendo eShop.

Learn more about Nintendo Network ID for Nintendo 3DS

Added support for Miiverse™:

Now available for Nintendo 3DS, Miiverse is an online social hub that lets users connect with other players around the world via their Mii characters. Users can view posts from their Nintendo 3DS, Wii U system, or online via computer or mobile device. Nintendo 3DS users can post illustrations or comments by signing in to Miiverse with their Network ID.

Learn more about Miiverse on Nintendo 3DS

If you have system update 2.0.0-2U or higher, you don’t need to do anything except agree to the update. It will be downloaded automatically when you are in range of a wireless Internet connection and SpotPass™ is enabled. If you have never performed a system update, connect your Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet, and find the System Update option in your system settings.

How to update the Nintendo 3DS system

If you performed a previous system update, you don't need to do anything. This update will happen automatically when you are in range of a wireless Internet connection.

Manual Update

  • 1

    Select System Settings from the HOME menu.

  • 2

    Select Other Settings.

  • 3

    Scroll the page all the way to the right, and select System Update

Having trouble with system update?

(!) Please note use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.
* Broadband wireless Internet access required to perform system update.
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