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3DS due for first major update

03 Jun 11

The first major system update for the Nintendo 3DS system will be available for Kiwi fans on 7 June.

The upgrade, implemented via wireless, will give 3DS users access to a variety of new content through the Nintendo eShop, including Pokédex 3D for viewing Pokémon characters in 3D.

Nintendo is offering the NES game Excitebike re-mastered in 3D as a free download until 7 July for anyone who performs the system update. 

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of downloadable content, such as original 3D software, classic games that have been re-mastered in 3D called 3D Classics, Game Boy and Game Boy Color 'Virtual Console' games in their original 2D format, and an extensive library of Nintendo DSiWare games. Visitors can also view video game trailers, screen shots and product information for games.

The system update will also give 3DSi and DSi XL owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare games to their new Nintendo 3DS systems.

Users will also gain the ability to receive SpotPass content from supported public WiFi hotspots across Australia and New Zealand and in the near future, users will be able to download a free application for a short-form video service that will enable them to view specially selected video content, including 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos automatically received using the SpotPass feature.

To perform the recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can start the 'System Settings' from the Home Menu, select 'Other Settings' and scroll the page right to select 'System Update.'