This update has been a long time coming but Nintendo has finally put Miiverse and the unified Nintendo Network ID system on the 3DS. I just downloaded the firmware update myself and it's working fine. The interface isn't quite as pretty as the one on Wii U but it has most of the features of the console Miiverse. This includes the communities for individual games and the bulletin board system so you can doodle goofy pictures or repeatedly ask Nintendo when we're getting a new Star Fox game.
Unfortunately the friend list features aren't implemented yet, but the update brings another change that is quite welcome. Now you can transfer all of your user data and downloaded content to a different 3DS an infinite number of times. Before you could only do a system transfer a maximum of five times, and then you were out of luck. This is good news for all the people buying the limited edition Pokemon and Zelda 3DS XL's, as they are no doubt eager to move all of their data over to their shiny new portables.
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REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A system update for Nintendo 3DS is now available and brings with it new features that enable Nintendo Network ID functionality, as well as the ability to browse and post on Miiverse.
The update will allow users to register a Nintendo Network ID to their Nintendo 3DS system. If they also have a Wii U system, they can use the same Nintendo Network ID to combine their Nintendo eShop balances and Wish Lists. A Nintendo Network ID is required to download free content, like game demos, from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
In addition, Miiverse support has been added, allowing Nintendo 3DS users to connect with players around the world to share experiences and game tips. While the full Miiverse experience on Nintendo 3DS requires a broadband Internet connection, there is also an offline mode for players without access to Wi-Fi. Users can queue up to three posts while in this mode, and those posts can be manually posted to Miiverse once a Wi-Fi connection has been established. As with Miiverse on Wii U, users can include select screen shot content from either the top or bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS system.
The update also lets Nintendo 3DS owners transfer all of their content to different Nintendo 3DS systems an unlimited number of times, once every seven days. Before the update, users could only perform a system-to-system transfer a total of five times.