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How do I perform a system update on my Nintendo 3DS system?

Nintendo constantly aims to improve the functionality of its consoles and services in order to provide the most comfortable, user-friendly experience possible. As a part of these efforts, we are making Nintendo 3DS system software updates available for download via the internet.

If your system software version is 2.0.0-2E or later, Nintendo 3DS system updates will be received automatically when a wireless internet connection is available. When the download is complete, a message will appear on the HOME Menu detailing the steps to take in order to start installing the system update.

The system update can also be performed by following the steps below:

  1. Open the System Settings from the HOME Menu.
  3. Scroll to the right and select SYSTEM UPDATE.

Note that a wireless internet connection is required in order to update your system.

Click here to see the latest information about Nintendo 3DS system updates.

About Open Source Software

Some Nintendo products include open source software ("OSS") distributed under the terms of various open source licenses, including the GNU Library General Public License 2.0, the GNU Lesser General Public license 2.1, the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1, and the Mini-XML License (collectively, the "OSS Licenses"). This website is the OSS source code distribution page for such Nintendo products.

*Please note that the OSS is out of our support and warranty.
As to LGPL, please see the e-manual of Internet Browser for Nintendo 3DS.
Click here for more information and download source code

Notice Regarding Nintendo 3DS Transfer Tool

On June 7, Nintendo has released "Nintendo 3DS Transfer Tool" (hereinafter "Tool"), which gives Nintendo DSi(TM) and Nintendo DSi(TM) XL owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare(TM) games to their new Nintendo 3DS(TM) systems. The Tool is essential for this transfer process and is available for download from the Nintendo DSi Shop for free.

However, customers may have experienced a problem whereby the Tool could not be located on their consoles after it had been downloaded, preventing users from performing the transfer. It was also not possible for the Tool to be downloaded again.

Nintendo would like to inform customers that the issue has since been identified and resolved. The Tool can now be re-downloaded for correct transfer operation. Users will be able to see a "Nintendo 3DS Transfer Tool" icon on the DSi Menu, which appears without the gift wrap effect as seen on other DSiWare titles.
Nintendo would like to apologise for the technical issue and any frustration or inconvenience customers may have experienced.

Important notice to customers using Ridge Racer 3D

Users of Ridge Race 3D who downloaded system update version 2.0.0-2E may have experienced some disruption in their gameplay. Please ensure that the latest system update, is downloaded in order to rectify this problem.

Problems with system update 5.0.0-11E


With regards to the Nintendo 3DS XL/Nintendo 3DS system update that was distributed on 26th March, we have received information that some users are receiving an error when trying to perform the system update. We are currently checking the source of this problem.

Please use the steps below to try and rectify the problem. Should you still experience errors, please contact Nintendo Customer Service. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by this issue.


1. Please switch your Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL system OFF.

2. Turn on the power while holding the following four buttons together:


L Button (shoulder)

R Button (shoulder)

A Button

"Up" on the +Control Pad


3. Please tap OK on the system update screen.

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