Yes, as strange as it sounds, out of nowhere, Nintendo has just released a software update for the Nintendo 3DS .
Specifically, a full ten years after the initial debut of the portable system, the update with version code 11.17.0-50U has just become available. This is the first update for the console in almost a year, since Nintendo last made changes to the system's software last year in September.
According to the official patch notes published by the company on its website , the update in question focuses on system stability and makes minor modifications to improve the user experience. This is an expression that Nintendo often uses for the small updates of its consoles that bring behind-the-scenes changes. However, according to a post shared on Twitter by Digital Foundry's John Linneman, the patch closes some loopholes that allowed exploits for homebrew software on the console.
I would avoid this update. Given that the platform is now abandoned, this update feels rather insidious. https://t.co/wRkfghoezN— John Linneman (@dark1x) May 23, 2023
For the record, the Nintendo 3DS was officially retired in September 2021. As of March 2020, the portable console and its various variants had sold a total of 75.77 million. This March, Nintendo permanently shut down both the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS and the Nintendo Wii U.