How to find your 3DS firmware version
Ever wondered what your 3ds firmware version is to see what games and features are available to you? This blog post tells you how to find your 3DS firmware version so you can get started on everything from customizing your home menu to connecting your Wii U and 3DS consoles in one beautiful harmony.
If you’re a Nintendo fan, you know what the firmware is for everything; it’s essentially the software that runs all the hardware. Upgrading it allows the different parts of your device to work better. If you’re using a Wii, this will be the operating system. Most wireless devices have one, and it’s always updated by the manufacturers when they find something that needs to be fixed or added.
How Do You Find Your 3DS Firmware Version?
What the different firmware versions mean for your 3DS
The 3.2 version of the 3ds (released in japan on July 2, 2010) added the following:
– The ability to connect to Nintendo’s Wi-Fi network using the user’s own internet connection.
– Plays DS and cartridge games in their original resolution, as well as 3D video.
The 3.3 version of the 3ds (released on July 9, 2011) added the following:
– Added support for Nintendo 3DS Camera, a new device that can take pictures and videos in 2D for use with Mii applications.
– Improved system stability.
The 3.4 version of the 3ds (released on March 18, 2012 in Japan) added the following:
A new scheme for optional downloadable applications added:
– Added support for Nintendo eShop, a new online shop that allows users to download games and videos; purchased software can be downloaded directly to the System Memory or to an SD card.
How to update your 3DS firmware version
On the home menu of your 3ds, open the settings app and navigate to page three. Find your system version on that page and then click the “check for updates” button at the bottom. If you have a newer firmware version installed, your 3DS will go through the update process automatically. If you encounter any errors while updating, it may be best to do it manually through a flash drive upgrade. Let’s take a look!
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What to do if you can’t update your 3DS firmware version
If you are unable to update your 3ds firmware due to an error, the only known method of solving the problem is by using a system transfer from another 3ds or 3ds xl. To do this, on the system settings page of the other 3ds/3ds xl, set the 3ds/3ds xl as your primary nintendo handheld, while making the first 3ds/3ds xl set as a secondary. Then, perform a system transfer. The 3ds/3ds xl that was set as secondary will have your old firmware for its system version, however you can manually update it using the nintendo eshop. This is not guaranteed to work, in fact it is highly unlikely to work but it is the only way known to work.
If there are any other solutions or if this solution does not work for you (I have no way of finding out), please leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.
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Troubleshooting tips for updating your 3DS firmware version
If you have successfully applied the update, your 3ds will power off after it has updated. If you are unable to run the update and your 3ds powers on normally, then the following steps should be taken: Go to the on-screen guide. Press select. The system will automatically reboot.
While your 3ds is updating, you will see a message that says “Checking if update status has changed.” You may see a popup containing the following: “Your system software version is XXXXXX.” If this pop-up appears, then the update has failed and you should immediately:
Hold down start + select + down. The system should automatically power off and restart.
While the system is updating, you may see a message that says “Creating temporary save file.” You will see this message several times during the update process. You will see this message approximately every 10 minutes while the system is updating.
After completing the update, you will have access to both Nintendo eShop and systems features. Please note that when you begin to use either feature, the date/time and time zone screen will automatically reset. When this occurs:
Hold down start + select + up. The system will automatically reboot.
If your system has updated successfully, but you are unable to connect to a wireless network, then the following steps should be taken: Go to the on-screen guide. Press down + start. The system will automatically reboot.