Nintendo 3DS System Software 9.6.0-24U Goes Live

Nintendo has done a bang-up job keeping the 3DS firmware up-to-date and up-to-code. This evening, they’ve sprung the latest firmware upon the masses, bringing not just the usual stability changes, but some subtle new features as well. With a heavy emphasis on customization and amiibo for the pre-New 3DS hardware, here are the changes that system software 9.6.0 brings:

Changes to HOME Menu:

A Home Menu Layout setting has been added to HOME Menu Settings. Users can save and load up to 8 layouts of the HOME Menu with different theme and software icon arrangements

Changes to Theme Shop:

Additional categories have been added under “View More” for easier navigation of the Theme Shop
Improvements to system stability and usability:

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS Systems Only:
Changes to HOME Menu Settings

amiibo Settings has been added to HOME Menu Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo

The amiibo functionality for older 3DS and 2DS systems won’t be useful until a peripheral for the figures goes on sale later in 2015. As for the Home Menu and Theme updates, any extra customization for the 3DS is appreciated. Perhaps it’s a signal that the Collectible Pin Store is heading westward soon?

Go ahead and download your firmware, 3DS players.

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