Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Now Available

Nintendo has just released a new firmware update for Nintendo 3DS owners. It is version 9.5.0-23U and I’m afraid it is just a stability update. As if the Nintendo 3DS wasn’t stable enough. So yeah, sadly there’s no additional features with this update but make sure you download it.

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

Thanks, Matthew

Azure Striker Gunvolt Update Coming March 11th In Japan and Probably US

Yup, there’s an update coming out next month for Azure Striker Gunvolt on the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS. The news was announced today alongside the announcement for the high anticipated sequel and a retail release. The new update is coming March 11th in Japan and will probably launch at the same time for those of you in the United States. The update includes the following new features mainly for the New Nintendo 3DS.

  • New Nintendo 3DS: ZL and ZR will be used to switch weapons;
  • New Nintendo 3DS, loading times will be improved;
  • Several new songs will be added: for regular missions, the ending, and Boss Rush.

Thanks, KillBill

Super Smash Bros For Wii U Gets 15 Modified 8-Player Stages In A Free Update

Eight player Super Smash Bros fans should rejoice today as the company has added fifteen modified 8-player stages to Super Smash Bros For Wii U. You won’t have to pay a penny for them as they have appeared as a free update which is available to download now. You certainly can’t grumble at that. Get playing!

  • Mario Circuit (Brawl)
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Pyrosphere
  • Norfair
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Town & City
  • Smashville
  • Wii Fit Studio
  • Mario Galaxy Ω
  • Mario Circuit (Brawl) Ω
  • Great Cave Offensive Ω
  • Lylat Cruise Ω
  • Pokemon Stadium 2 Ω
  • Town & City Ω

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Update Now Available In North America

An update for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric has now been made available in North America. Last week, SEGA and Big Red Button released a patch for the Wii U game in Europe, fixing a number of known bugs including Knuckles’ infinite jump and various other improvements to aid stability. Clocking in at just over 1GB, the sizable patch can now be downloaded from the North American Wii U eShop. Though we’ve yet to see any official update transcripts from the development team, an unofficial guide of fixes from Sonic Stadium can be found, here.

Sonic Boom Wii U Has Apparently Received A Hefty Update

If a game needed a patch then it would have to be Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on the Wii U. I’m sure you’ve seen all the hilarious and downright unforgivable glitches apparent in the game. Thankfully, it appears as though the game has received an update. The patch for the game is around 1030MB which is one big update, so presumably it fixes a number of things. I’m not sure if the update is live in your region so you may want to check. It must be worth a download.

Thanks, lamatsucubo

Nintendo 3DS Firmware Update Is Live Includes Theme Shuffle And Amiibo Menu (Video)

Nintendo has just released the latest firmware update for Nintendo 3DS owners. The new update include changes to the HOME Menu including the ability for users to shuffle their various themes. You can also get software updates via the HOME Menu. There’s also the Amiibo menu which you can check out in the video above.

Changes to the HOME Menu:

  • A Shuffle Favorites feature has been added under Change Theme in HOME Menu Settings. Users can choose multiple themes and have their theme change when the system is left in Sleep Mode from the HOME Menu or turned on after being off
  • Available software updates can now be downloaded from the HOME Menu
  • Users can now capture screenshots with both the upper and lower screens included

Improvements to system stability and usability:

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

Thanks, David S

Steel Diver: Sub Wars Version 4.0 Available, Removes Play Coin Requirement For Online Battles

Steel Diver: Sub Wars has been updated to version 4.0 today. The free to play game for the Nintendo 3DS has had a number of changes according to director Takaya Imamura after he shared the message with fans on Miiverse.

The biggest change, perhaps, comes with the removal of play coins for online battles in the free version. In previous updates to the game, players would have to store up a number of play coins in order to battle others in multiplayer mode – initially two which was then reduced to just one play coin. However, if you bought the full version of the game, play coins wouldn’t be needed. Now, Version 4.0 removes play coins all together, much to the delight of those who continue to play the free version.

An option to remodel any sub from the Submarine Selection screen has also been added. For £0.89, director Imamura says you can remodel subs to expand their crew-carrying capacity, which now equates to a six crew members for any selected sub. For a full rundown of what you can expect in the update, check out the list below. And to download the update, head on over to the Nintendo 3DS eShop or simply launch the software to start the update automatically.

Tweaks for Version 4.0:

  • Submarine diving and surfacing angles
    The angle of a sub when it dives or surfaces will not be as steep, which makes it easier to evade frontal attacks.
  • Durability balance
    In order to improve game balance, we’ve adjusted the defensive strength of submarines with a durability stat of six or more.
  • Crew appearance in single-player missions
    In single-player missions, crew that you’ve already rescued will not appear, making it easier for you to recruit new crew members.
  • Matched Skills
    Battles Players between level 30 and level 49 can now match up in Matched Skills Battles.
  • Starting positions in Internet Battle The starting positions in Hot Springs were returned to the Version 1.0 settings.
  • Play Coin requirement
    We have removed the Play Coin requirement for Internet Battle in the Free Version.
  • Bug fixes
    We fixed a bug that inflicts damage on you when you sink an enemy.