News Article

New 3DS System Update Gives the eShop a Spit and Polish

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Update: fix confirmed for any post-update issues

Since posting this article we've been advised in the comments and elsewhere that this system update has caused issues in some cases; when an error occurs it prevents subsequent access to the eShop or System Settings. Courtesy of our wonderful Twitter followers we've been directed to a fix that'll shortcut you to the System Update screen to re-install. When turning on your system, hold the Left Shoulder Button, Right Shoulder Button, Up on the D-pad, and A together; once the update completes it apparently resolves an issue.

Original Article

While it's likely to gradually make its way around as a SpotPass notice and an automatic prompt, there's currently a new 3DS system update available to download; it'll take you up to the rather fun sounding Version 5.0.0-11U — we've come a long way from version 1.1.0-1U.

The main changes are to the 3DS eShop, though system stability and usability have also been improved — in which we expect some new anti-piracy code to nestle. Nintendo's official site advises of the following updates to eShop functionality.

Users will no longer need to close the Nintendo eShop application to ensure the "Download Later" feature works while the Nintendo 3DS is in Sleep Mode.

Other improvements to usability have been made, including the ability to download software update data in the background.

Nintendo Life regular @sav904 has also pointed out that the "Nintendo eShop" loading text has been given a snazzy re-design, which does seem to be the case; it's a nice font, that's for sure.

There are two genuinely useful updates to eShop download options, however, so it's worth getting this update onto your handheld — it's confirmed as available in Europe and North America right now.

Thanks to Professor Clayton for the tip.


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User Comments (84)



Rocketship said:

I've had a few items not download because I accidentally left the eShop open, so this is good news for me.



cammy said:

Did the update this morning but I haven't checked the eshop. I did read elsewhere that there was a update to the camera as well?



Geonjaha said:

With all these 'improved stability' updates you'd think that the first 3DS' were literally crashing at every button press.



ThomasBW84 said:

@cammy There's been a bit of confusion on other outlets, from what I can see, referring to the fact that this update doesn't include a lot of features from older updates (sometimes Nintendo bundles older stuff into new updates for those that haven't downloaded them). The important thing to know is that the only additions in this update are those we've detailed in the article.

If you click on the source link at the bottom of the article, meanwhile, it should take you to the official Nintendo page.



Marakuto said:

I noticed a little change with the Internet Browser when I went on it too.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Marakuto Yeah, that was mentioned in our tip as well. I'm not sure and Nintendo hasn't mentioned it, but it might qualify under "stability" improvements.



Koapa said:

I hope, there will be some improvement about 3DS power. Some games really need it.
I have read, about a year, that Nintendo will give 25% of WiFi CPU for games....



Bucho said:

i read somewhere earlier that this update was breaking some people's 3DS hope that was only lies from trolls.



LztheQuack said:

@Bucho: That happens with every update. Sometimes it either glitches or those people turn off their 3DS in the middle of the update



Giygas_95 said:

Great! I've sometimes returned to the home menu doing the download later option and forgotten to close the e shop so this sounds like a good update.



Mathieu_W said:

"the "Nintendo eShop" loading text has been given a snazzy re-design, which does seem to be the case; it's a nice font, that's for sure."

In fact, it is the same logo as the one used for the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, Nintendo has simply unified the signature of its outlets on both systems. I hope it is the first step towards a deeper integration of the 3DS with Wii U's core features (3DS eShop account linked with or even fused into the Nintendo Network ID, Miiverse integration, etc.)



Nintenzo said:

@Bucho It's not. It happened to my XL. I can no longer access the System Settings or the eShop.

Thomas, you might want to add a warning to this article.



PinkSpider said:

@nastobi123 has the browser improved if it was as good as the Wii U I would be very happy. The Wii U is probably the best browser I have ever used period



ThomasBW84 said:

@Nintenzo Mine is OK after the update, but we'll look into it and update the article if this is affecting a number of people. Sorry to hear about your 3DS, obviously, so we'll see what the deal is if we can.

UPDATE: I've now added an update to the article with a fix.



grumblegrumble said:

So, no real improvements, just a bunch of Nintendo bricking procedures. I don't do anything illegal on mine, so no worries there, but why don't they give us the option to change the color/theme/design of our 3DS's like the old DS OS?



blueeaglewombat said:

Does anyone know if battery life has been addressed in any of the updates for 3DS? I personally don't have any issue with my battery life, and I'm on an original 3DS model i bought on launch day.

Was just curious if they were able to update it and I just haven't been paying attention.



Knuckles said:

@Thomas Thanks for putting me in the article, but @sak904 pointed it out in the first page of the 3DS update thread, and thats where I got my info.
So, thanks, but I would like credit given to @sak904 where it was earned.



Shotgunryugan said:

Just updated mine, didn't have any problems, though i never really get any glitches or freezes when updating my 3DS, maybe it depends on the system? I got mine on January 2012.

Anyway, the internet browser did receive an update, it runs a bit faster and they changed the loading screen bar(now it's at the top of the screen and is more tiny compared to the ugly previous one).



Koapa said:

I updated my "small" 3DS a minute ago. No problem spotted...
Is this update needed for "download saver" app?
PS : My fully charged 3DS on charger started to charge again (orange light). Interesting...



Koapa said:

Browser Version is 1.7552
There is another change - you see the connection information and Proxy settings could be changed



clavier141 said:

Here's what I've noticed:
-New eshop font on loading
-New loading bar on the browser (at the top)
-Repair option for download software at the bottom of the "view details" section in the eshop (may be old but I don't know)
EDIT: -Scroll bar on the browser is now on the top screen on the right
-The swirling square for loading on the browser is also at the top



Tate24 said:

Am worried been hearing a out people having 3DS bug out not work
Probably :/

I got my 3DS at launch but hearing a lot people 3DS XL having problems:/



Koapa said:

Has anybody experienced damaged software on 3DS?
Option is nice, but usability....



Mewtwo21 said:

"add on content" tab changed to "Dowloadable Content" in the system settings.



Squiggle55 said:

Thanks for posting the fix for everyone. My 3DS was affected and the fix works perfectly.



beat said:

(read this is frederick's voice)
"ability to download software update data in the background." what does that mean? im confused if the system is downloading something while you are using an app. or the system is downloading something while you are on the eshop.. can anyone explain?



Gold_Ranger said:

I Updated a little while ago, and i went back into the E-Shop and it wouldn't let me exit it.
Had to turn off the System then do the R+L+U+A.



Gold_Ranger said:

Even after the reset, it will not let me use the Home Button while in the E-Shop.
I have to turn off the System to get out of it.

This NEEDS to be fixed ASAP!!!



ouroborous said:

i hate system updates, but at least this one isnt totally one of those why-am-i-bothering-with-this kind of updates.



Dpullam said:

I can't say that I have had any problems with the eshop yet. It's good that they are fixing potential problems though.



ThomasBW84 said:

@beat I think if you were updating a game in the eShop (like the ambassador games after their VC releases), it would insist on doing it on screen and you had to wait, so maybe this gives you the option to carry on with other things while it downloads and installs the update.

Don't quote me on that, it's just what I think may be the case.



bofis said:

@Deathgaze you think the OS is a joke, it's certainly more-mature than the WiiU OS, and I love my WiiU, but the system software is in dire need of updates for stability and speed, and I've watched the 3DS improve so I'm glad Nintendo is slowly figuring out this software thing



Deathgaze said:

@bofis I think both are pretty bad actually. I still think the best ones were GameCube's and PS2's when the OS will only actually have an interface shown if you started the system without a disc.



Flowerlark said:

Anyone have trouble with their 3DS reading the SD card after the update? I had to attempt my Prof Layton download 4 times before it worked because the 3DS XL kept saying it couldn't read the SD card after I chose 'download later.' It's working now (thank goodness!) but I'm not sure if that was an update issue or if I somehow got dust in my SD card slot.



Zach777 said:

The save data transfer tool for retail to digital is in the eShop. Search for data and you will find it.



ToastyYogurt said:

@Red_Kinetic: That happened to my 3DS a lot before the update, but it's easy to get out of. Just move a block left or right on the eShop and then you should be able to go home. If that doesn't work, keep doing it until it does. Or you can just hit the power button and then go home.

@Tate24: If you want eShop access (and maybe the ability to play some games online again), yes you should.

Haven't updated yet, but I'll give it a shot as soon as I get over to my 3DS.



Sir_Deadly said:

I did the update and I havent notice a change to the font on the loading screen. Could I be looking at the wrong thing?



Netto-kun said:

Meh, still waiting for a shopping cart feature and return of the gift feature from Wii Shop Channel. :



Muzer said:

As far as I am aware the 3DS OS is reasonably well-designed, in that there actually is an OS. The Wii itself doesn't have one; in that the only code that can affect anything important that runs when you're running a game is what's loaded off the disc. This is why games can't easily be updated, features can't be added to the home menu, etc., on the Wii. The 3DS is much better in this particular regard.

3DBrew confirms that this has indeed blocked some would-be homebrew exploits.



XFsWorld said:

Wow holding up on dpad, L, R, and A while turning on power fixed the problem i had....THANKS NL!!....lifesavers



MDee14 said:

i believe the transfer tool is an actual app, that hasn't been release yet



Byron-3D said:

isn't it about time we got miiverse on our 3ds? anyways updated without any problems



damascus said:

The question is why the jump from 1.xxxx to 5.xxxx? Where's the major features? The one that we know does not quality a version jump of that big.

The update took a while too. My WAG is that the functionality for MiiVerse is already there. Also maybe the OS footprint has lessened. Giving more RAM for future games. Also didn't they mention a new Find Mii with new hats? Its probably there now as well, and is just locked-in until a certain date (E3?).

I dunno, the version jump is just so big there should be some kind of major features in it. Not just some eshop features, save game copying and a new snazzy eshop font.



Muzer said:

There were changes in all system modules, the firmware and some other software too - not sure why. Evidently it IS a major-update, just with few visible changes.

(Also, the previous version was 4.5.0-10, not 1.xxxx)



Neram said:

Haha, that's awesome, there's a cheat code to fix the issues caused by the update.



TheAdza said:

I want my Miyamoto Mii sent through spotpass that other people have been getting but it won't get sent to my 3DS for some reason. Only got a puzzle piece sent through.



Shane904 said:

Thanks for the (typo'd) shoutout =)

@damascus They wouldn't already put it there to unlock on a certain date. Then you could just change your 3DS's time.



Pichuka97 said:

Hopefully this added more than a new coat of paint to the eShop. Highly doubt it though because it didn't take long to download.



Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

Is it just my imagination or is the icon for the Nintendo Show 3D (with Jessie Cantrell) gone from the 3DS eShop? Or is it normal for the show icon to disappear and reappear later when there is an update? I'm a 3DS noob so I don't know these things.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Guess i'll wait until i get the notification on the 3DS. Very useful improvements but i can do without them a few days longer until the issue's completely resolved.




@Zaphod_Beeblebrox It was removed like 2 days ago, but you can still see the videos if you tap the search bar on top of the eshop screen and then put "nintendo show", all videos will appear for you to watch. The icons change constantly to announce sales on digital downloads or to promote new or upcoming games; nintendo show 3d's icon has disappeared before and it will appear again when they launch a new episode, so don't worry.

@Rockman Yeah, I also noticed that, the eshop has a much smoother feel with the update.



Tate24 said:

Ok werid thing happen:/. About play MHU and said there was update
When read agreement accepted it. It update straight away super fast!!
To version

But look at top article says U at end instead of E:/.

Has 3DS updated ?

Or am I still on older version. Confusing :/

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