The 3DS has already received a handful of firmware updates during the past year that have significantly improved system stability and added new features like the ability to record video. Nintendo recently announced that a new firmware update will be released for the handheld on Wednesday, April 25th in Japan, Europe and North America.
The new firmware will allow users to create folders in the home menu that can store up to sixty icons each – perfect for organising your games by title or genre. The update will also add a new recommendations system to the 3DS eShop, although it’s not yet clear how this will function.
However the most significant aspect of the upcoming update is that it finally allows 3DS games to be patched. Nintendo says that software updates for titles such as Mario Kart 7, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and New LovePlus will be released in the next couple of months. Patch data will need to be downloaded separately from the eShop before it can be applied to a game.
These changes all seem like welcome upgrades to the 3DS’ firmware and game patches in particular are a crucial addition to the handheld’s feature set.