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Whenever the Nintendo 3DS needs to make an improvement in built-in software or add a new feature, it undergoes a system update. Below is a list of updates:

1. March 27th, 2011 (North America):

  • Initial release on 3DS
  • Improved system stability; many bugs fixed
  • Some of the ability to receive data has been extended
  • Improved network connectivity
  • A 3D demonstration video (a 3D version of the official White Knuckles music video by OK Go)

2. June 6th, 2011 (North America) and June 7th (Japan):

  • Nintendo eShop
  • Nintendo DSi™/Nintendo DSi XL™ software transfer
  • Nintendo 3DS Camera update
  • Removal of demonstration video
  • Improved system stability and overall performance
  • Addition of hotkeys for most touch-screen system buttons
  • SpotPass functionality in Sleep Mode
  • "Sleep Mode" button on menu shown after power button is pressed removed
  • "Software closed." message moved to touch screen
  • Ridge Racer 3D bug that forces the user to power the 3DS off and then back on
  • Blocks flash cards

3. June 15th, 2011 (North America)::

  • A correction for the screen freeze symptom experienced in the Ridge Racer 3D game.
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments to enhance user experience.
  • You can receive automatic updates when a wireless internet connection is available. When the download is complete, you will receive a dialog on the HOME Menu detailing the steps to install the update.

4. November 13th, 2011 (Bundled with Super Mario 3D Land):[1]

  • Allows players to join in online games that friends are playing using the Friends List
  • Improves system security
  • Blocks flash cards

5. December 6th, 2011:[2] [3] [4]

  • Nintendo 3DS Camera update
    • 3D Video Recording [5]
    • Stop-motion Animation
    • Time Lapse Animation
    • Improved QR Code Functionality
  • 3DS software transfer
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza Update
    • Find Mii 2
    • New Applications (World Map, Music Player, Slide Show, and Accomplishments)
    • Ability to get Miis and new puzzle pieces for Puzzle Swap via SpotPass
  • Friend List update previously exclusive to Super Mario 3D Land
  • Nintendo eShop updates
    • Ability to download demos
    • Ability download in Sleep Mode
    • Ability to download DLC
    • Support for "Download Codes"
    • Ability to save payment information

6. December 21, 2011:

  • Minor update which improves StreetPass Mii Plaza application
  • Minor improve to the overall system performance

7. April 25, 2012: [6] [7] [8]

  • Ability for Nintendo and third-party developers to be able to patch physical games
  • Ability to create folders on the HOME Menu to organize games and applications, and hold up to 60 items and be named
  • Improved and redesigned Nintendo eShop

8. May 15, 2012: [9]

  • Ability for a system update to take place without the need of a parental control pin

9. June 27, 2012: [10]

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

10. July 24, 2012:

  • Future improvements to overall stability on the Nintendo eShop and other minor adjustments
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

11. September 19, 2012:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

12. December 4, 2012:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

13. March 25, 2013: [11]

  • Ability to perform Sleep Mode downloads of purchased titles while the Nintendo eShop is running
  • Support for the Save Data Transfer Tool
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

14. April 4, 2013: [12]

  • Fixed an error that prevented some users from launching the System Settings, Nintendo eShop or Game Notes after an error message was displayed during the system update process

15. June 17, 2013: [13]

  • Ability to update StreetPass Mii Plaza (Japan and Europe only)
  • Ability to save the data of compatible downloadable software which can be backed up and restored
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

16. June 27, 2013: [14]

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

17. July 11, 2013: [15]

  • Ability to update StreetPass Mii Plaza (North America only)
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

18. August 5, 2013: [16]

19. September 13, 2013:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

20. December 9, 2013: [17]

  • Added support for Nintendo Network IDs
  • Added support for Miiverse
  • Removed the limit for system transfers
  • Changed the start-up method of Nintendo 3DS Camera from the HOME Menu
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments

References

  1. http://kotaku.com/5856587/new-3ds-firmware-makes-joining-friends-easier
  2. http://www.nintendo.com/corp/nintendo3ds/news/
  3. http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=167528
  4. http://nintendo3dsblog.com/the-firmware-update-for-the-3ds-is-now-available
  5. http://brutalgamer.com/2011/03/02/nintendo-reveals-plans-for-3d-video-recording-on-the-3ds/
  6. http://ie.ds.ign.com/articles/122/1223482p1.html
  7. http://andriasang.com/con0rg/3ds_firmware_update/
  8. http://www.siliconera.com/2012/04/20/new-nintendo-3ds-firmware-update-will-let-you-create-folders/
  9. http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=177247
  10. http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/30879
  11. http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/03/26/nintendo-releases-3ds-update.aspx
  12. http://mynintendonews.com/2013/04/05/nintendo-3ds-system-update-released-to-resolve-issue-from-last-system-update/
  13. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/06/new_3ds_firmware_update_600_11u_now_live
  14. http://nintendoeverything.com/3ds-gets-firmware-version-6-1-0-11/
  15. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/07/streetpass_dlc_system_update_finally_hits_north_america
  16. http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/06/nintendo-3ds-update-brings-streetpass-relay/
  17. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2013/12/3ds_system_update_adds_nintendo_network_id_miiverse_and_unified_eshop_funds

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