Nintendo recently released the most recent 3DS system update, which includes HOME menu themes. The idea of snazzy wallpapers and sound effects to accompany the front-end of the portable's user interface is exceedingly simple and inevitably popular, with Nintendo offering non-branded designs at a budget price and others with famous characters at a slightly higher rate.
Are they worth buying? The five basic colours available for free do rather little, whereas the paid options come with new music and more varied looks, though the Theme Shop itself only gives a simple visual preview rather that a detailed sample.
Ever diligent video man NintenDaan has captured all of the launch themes, however, giving us a brief look at what they have to offer. A number of the Mushroom Kingdom-related themes share the same music but — of course — have different colour schemes and folder designs, while our eye has been caught by the stylish Hanafuda option, in addition to the classy Branded Wood and Stamped Felt Mario Characters designs. There's also a Link Between Worlds theme for those looking at the pricier offerings; an offering based on Animal Crossing: New Leaf is also due this month.
Have a look below and let us know which HOME menu themes catch your eye.
Thanks to RupeeClock for the heads up.
Love the mushroom theme.
Picked up the Yoshi one, hopefully they do a Persona Q theme and maybe Bravely Default or Fantasy Life.
A Kingdom Hearts theme would be excellent.
Nice that he did it but I can't sit thru 7 minutes of themes. We're gonna go check them out after snack, probably just get a free color or 2, gotta save up for those amiibo it's been a busy busy day.
Ew, too much clutter. I'm keeping mine stock.
@OneBagTravel Same here. Just wished there were lighter colors for the basic theme...
I don't think they are too cluttered. They look awesome. Link Between Two Worlds theme is awesome. Can't wait for them to release more of them.
I got the Zelda one, just waiting for other themes now, also it's too bad that there wasn't more default colors.
Wish there was more free ones. Not even considering one until I get my NES XL though, since that's so soon.
Does downloading these themes yield Club Nintendo points???
Also - I WANT THEM ALL !!!
Mario Chars Stamped Felt and Branded Wood are my favorites on the video. Also the Compete Mario and Luigi.
The default 'black' theme is the only one worth having - simple, dark (easier on the eyes, especially at night), and fast. The question, though, is how often does one sit around on the home screen? I've almost always got a game going on...
But even then my inner graphic designer cringes at the white-bordered black text on the top screen, and hideous white border on the top menu items.
Make a Wind Waker or Majoras Mask theme and I'm sold.
Got myself the Link Between Worlds theme, looks (and sounds) really awesome!
I hope they'll release a Kid Icarus: Uprising and a Fire Emblem: Awakening theme.
Square Enix - I'll be waiting here for your Dragon Quest theme along with the four 3DS titles you've yet to localise! Until then, consider that money mine.
I've got my set to the free Blue one. I don't really want to have to spend money on these and I have a blue 3DS, so it matches.
Miles Edgeworth theme? Could be bundled with Investigations 3DS? We can only dream...
Branded wood and jumping Mario look pretty good. I might just get those two. The first six or so are a little too cluttered, especially on the bottom screen.
I wonder if these transfer when you do a system transfer to the New 3DS XL.
Hopefully some new ones will become available soon. Hopefully with a better sense of design in mind.
Thanks for the video. I wanted to try before I buy, now I know what to look for.
I downloaded the NES Jumping Mario theme last night and, after seeing it in this video, just got the A Link Between Worlds theme.
pity these arent free like those letterbox stationary were
I hate the music of the first few Mario related. So loud. I really like the subtle music in the stamped felt and branded wood and the music in the "generic" designs (stars, stripes etc.) But those are just dull to look at. So if I got some money to burn, I will just get the branded wood one.
The ALBW theme is really great, I had 2 dollars in my account and bought it for teh lulz.
Sometimes I find myself just staring at it for minutes on end when I'm supposed to be uploading a screenshot to Miiverse or something.
I hope they release the Animal Crossing ones real soon.
I might dabble if I ever have pocket change left on my eShop account. Right now I like how the black theme matches my Cosmo Black 3DS. Plus the color of the folders fit in and are appealing than that jarring blue on a white background....
I also like how the top bar has been rearranged, though I wish they would move the "Change Theme" button in the Home Options Menu down a notch or two so that the brightness setting is on the top. I'm always readjusting that to balance visibility and battery life in the current situation.
I very much enjoy the themes, but the background music seems sorta loud I guess? It doesn't seem backgroundy to me.
Any possibility of a Monster Hunter Theme?
EDIT: in a country other than Japan?
What is the music for the Link Between Worlds one. (If it is the remix of the Dark World theme I will end up getting it).
Seems like it is not. (I could listen to that all day without it ever getting old not the one they chose though).
I don't like that a lot of them have the same music, I would've bought more of them if they had different tracks. I got the Luigi theme, but I would've also bought the Yoshi theme if it had music from Yoshi's Island for example.
Anyway, I hope for Mega Man and Metroid themes in the future. I bet they will release a bunch of Pokémon themes in the end of November.
I like the Mario Characters (Stamped Felt) theme. The background music brings back the memories from Super Mario Sunshine.
Is there any way to change or completely turn off the music? It seems like it would get annoying.
Im calling it i kno for sure there will be a pokemon themed one but The LoZ theme is still good!
I'm using the ALBW theme now, and planning on altering between it and the wooden Mario one daily.
So long, money... Perhaps we'll meet again some day.
there was a skyward sword theme teased during the loading pages but then no sign of it in the shop. Kind of sucks.
Looks like the whole system OS got updated, with new look. I am so all over the Mario Jump theme!
non-basic themes too distracting...
Where are the free Basic Green, Purple, Orange, Brown and Grey???
@Inazuma_Pikpik those are my 2 favorites.
Pokemon XY theme please, Nintendo.
Bought the Hanafuda one, too. I could not resist an historical Japanese theme.
I'm using Mario Stamped Felt/Branded Wood and Zelda: 2 Worlds. I think I prefer how the Mario themes look, but the sound effects on the Zelda one are much cooler.
Default Blue actually goes pretty decent with my Blue XL, so I might use that once in a while.
The themes are a good start, but there's a lot holding them back.
Firstly, the music. It's much louder and far less background-y than the ambiance of the default themes, as has been mentioned before.
Second, the folders look pretty bad in most of the themes. Do they really all HAVE to be all rounded? Then again, I use a Windows phone, so I'm used to nice tiles rather than rounded bubbly folders and icons.
Also, you know how the music stops playing when you select an icon on the Home Menu? Yeah, I hate that.
I picked the Hanafuda theme, it's the best-designed of the lot. The bottom screen isn't too loud, and neither is the music. The folders even look okay. But I am really kind of hate most of the Mario themes, as they look plain bad. The Zelda one seems okay I guess.
One last gripe: Shouldn't "no theme" be called SImple White?? It technically is a theme, it's just the default theme.
Anyway, Nintendo's themes look pretty bad so far, but I'm just hoping tons of developers are able put their own themes out there. Themes that are better-designed. Shantae and/or Cave Story anyone?
I really like the ALBW one. Bought it right away, and never going to change it out (unless there's another Zelda one). Not sure about the other themes — I thought that the Mario Jumping one was fun to watch, but the black and white pattern ones seem very headache-inducing. @[email protected]
Already bought the Mario & ALBW ones, gonna get them all eventually.
Honestly the Peach theme is all I'll be needing
Hanafuda is the favorite theme.
Can't Wait for a Monster Hunter Theme!
Got the black and gold stars and the Hanafuda one. Love the Hanafuda music and style.
Anyone notice it's a little slow in loading themes? I guess it will be much faster on the N3DS
The Hanafuda one is excellent! Beautiful and, well, the title of it's soundtrack says it all (Elegance).
I kind of want to get the Wood Burned Mario theme, partly because of it's Super Mario Sunshine: Secret Level track, :3 but I've already bought 2 themes on impulse, which was two more then I planned. Gahhh, I just couldn't help myself!
Hanafuda theme <3
Want Wario, Star Fox, F-Zero and Metroid themes as well as DK and Kirby please!!!!!
Thanks for the video. I was curious to see exactly what they looked liked and sounded like. I know there's examples on the shop page but this gives you a better idea of what you're buying.
We went with Black on our Mario & Luigi 3DS and Blue on our blue 3DS for now. I'm not sure about spending $2 for each theme. But they do look cool.
I got the Zelda theme. Really hoping for a Xenoblade Gaur Plains theme when that comes out on the new 3ds...
The concept is cool, but none of the themes really have that "Shut up and take my money!"-factor (The LoZ one comes closest, but that "Wall with crayon Link"-part at the far left spoils it IMO), i'm hoping the inevitable deluge of Pokémon themes coming once the new games hit next month has something for me.
I got me the NES, Luigi and Zelda themes to mix and match between with some spare money I had :3
I wish the themes were more customizable, like ability to change the background music track, or even change where the wallpaper starts. The Zelda theme shows the castle and Link holding his sword in the photo, but on the first page (the only screen I'll ever see because I zoom out my icons) it shows Link merged with the wall, and you have to scroll to the side to see the castle. I would like the castle to be the part of the image in the beginning, especially since that's what they showed. That being said, the Toad House music in the Mushroom theme is by far the most appropriate music for the home menu of all the current themes. I just hope Nintendo starts giving away themes to Club Nintendo members, or even to anyone who buys games associated with a theme because $2 is too much for a light coat of paint over just the home menu. I bought Zelda, and I'm mostly happy with it, but I have no desire to buy anymore now either.
Got the Zelda theme last night and it's really cool. I'm looking forward to the Animal Crossing themes they'll put out but I wish they'd make one for Etrian Odyssey.
I got the retro Mario, ALBW, and the Hanafuda ones but I have the hanafuda as my primary because it goes with my Okami skin.
Background music volume options, please!!
I went with the Luigi one for now. A Kingdom Hearts theme would be beyond epic though.
I'm using the Simple Blue theme, since it looks good with my blue 3DS. Plus for some reason, I much prefer the ambient sounds.
Zelda one looks nice, music doesn't sound the best. Hanafuda seems like the best to me right now. Wood Mario has a nice look as well.
I like the Zelda one. The Wooden Mario one looks nice too.
@justinr Agreed. I'm liking the simple black theme a lot.
Ugh those black and white ones are horrid!
I like the Japanese playing card one and the burnt wood one the most so far.
I can't seem to fancy the available themes, I am only using the blue theme. Hope they release more options in the near future. I want simpler themes that are relaxing on the eyes.
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