Yesterday, December 10th, 2013, Nintendo released the newest Nintendo 3DS firmware update. This update adds Nintendo Network and Miiverse support from the Nintendo Wii U to 3DS. This will enable a Nintendo 3DS owner to merge their Nintendo 3DS account information with the WiiU’s as well as make Miiverse posts that include screenshots of game play (on either screen). It will trigger automatically when you enter a zone of Internet or WiFi if you have the previous update before it, or if you haven`t updated in the last three months, you can access it via System Settings.
However, this update changes the Nintendo 3DS Store to require the user to sign into Nintendo Network either way, so if you don’t currently own a Wii U, you will be making a Nintendo Network account, which can be used if you purchase a Wii U.
This update as well allows users to move their content from Nintendo 3DS to another an unlimited amount of times, but only once per seven days. This makes those who upgrade from a previous Nintendo 3DS model to potentially a 3DS XL much easier than the process was before. Another small addition to this update is changing of the button command on the 3DS camera from either L or R to having to press both buttons simultaneously (a nice addition, in my honest opinion).
Upon installation of the update, you will see the new Miiverse icon next to the Internet Browser icon. Upon entering you will be asked to link your Miiverse account, which will move you to 3DS settings and ask you if you want to link your own Nintendo Network ID or create a new ID. This process will run you through the explanation of what the linking process does. It will explain how it merges the information of your past purchases, account balances and credit card info. This update disallows users from shopping from any Nintendo E-Shop that is not their region by voiding any balance that is not in local currency. You will also be explained how the 3DS System Link works and how your Club Nintendo account can be also linked, if you have one. As well, when you enter the 3DS Store, you will sign into Nintendo Network manually, but are offered to save your password.
First Impressions: With the addition of the Nintendo Network support, I now don`t have to manually add information after I upgraded from the original model to a XL model, which sped up setup. The Miiverse allows for a screenshot of either screen which I already put to work last night as I shared a photo from Zelda, and the process is not difficult, functioning very similarly to the Wii U`s rendition which I am glad to see. As well the small addition of the new camera command nulls the annoying issue of tapping the shoulder button accidentally on the menu and being moved into the camera when you didn`t want to. Overall, the overhaul of the Shop system is what Nintendo needed to do, as the non-linked status, unlike Sony who with the PSP before it and the Vita now having links with PSN, made the systems feel unrelated.
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