Nintendo has issued an update for the 3DS' firmware today that adds a couple of interesting features and probably also does some stealth changes not readily apparent. There's an improvement to the background download functionality that lets downloads run while the eShop is running. Also, a feature that allows save files to be transferred from cartridge-based games to downloadable games. Exciting, no?
Here's the official jargon straight from Nintendo:
- A tool that allows Nintendo 3DS users to transfer save data from the packaged version of a game to the downloadable version. Players that originally purchased a physical version of a game will be able to pick up right where they left off with their save data if they decide to purchase the digital version of the same game. Save data that is transferred to a digital game cannot be moved back to the physical version.
- An improvement to the feature that downloads items in the background when the Nintendo 3DS system is in Sleep Mode. Items will now download when the Nintendo eShop is running. Users can simply close the system cover to activate the “Download Later” feature and the game or application will begin to download.
While both of these features are, well, okay, I'm wondering why they had to be prioritized and released independently of a more substantial firmware update. Of course, there's likely someone out there who has been begging for save file transfers for some time and this patch will be a godsend to them.
I can't help but shake the feeling there must be a stealth addition in this patch that was actually a priority and these other notes just happened to be ready at the time. Eh, who really knows.
Update: Reports are coming in that the patch can error and subsequently cause your 3DS to crash randomly. If this happens to you, turn your 3DS off and then turn it back on while holding the following buttons: L+R+UP+A. This will boot your 3DS into update mode, which should fix the problem.