Mario hears the news

Just when the 3DS was settling down into a January stupor, Nintendo's gone and released a fresh system update. What does it do? Well, not much, and it's probably designed to stop naughty people doing things they shouldn't, such as hacking it.

Update 7.1.0-15 is one of those quick downloads that makes your system that much more stable. Below is the official description from Nintendo.

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

So there you have it. Your system should prompt you to update or do so itself eventually — or when you try and log into the eShop, perhaps — while you can always do it manually. We do like overall system stability, though suspect the "minor adjustments" aren't for our benefit.