NINTENDO has pushed a new update to one of its consoles that removes access to one feature.
While the update promises more stability, it also removes other functions.
The 3DS has a new firmware update.
Nintendo discontinued the 3DS in 2020, but has released five updates to the console since then.
This is the first update to come following the closure of the 3DS store, where players could purchase new games.
Since the closure in March, users have been unable to purchase new games, though they can still download previously purchased titles.
According to ArsTechnica, the latest update for the console prevents users from adding custom firmware to their console.
The new update, 3DS firmware Ver. 11.17.0-50, fixes loopholes in the software that allowed users to install extra features.
This is commonly used so that people can install software to capture video, uncap frame rates or overclock the system.
Custom firmware is also used to add fan translations to games that are only available in Japanese.
This firmware can help your console run more smoothly, but in some instances can break games.
Nintendo doesn’t intend users to install custom firmware, which is likely why it is trying to close current loopholes.
If you already have custom firmware installed, then the latest update shouldn’t alter your system.
However, if you were planning to install one of these programmes, you will no longer be able to.
Those who wish to keep their console on their current firmware version only need to disconnect the console from the internet.
There is no other internet functionality for the Nintendo 3DS, so there is no requirement for the console to be connected.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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