Automatic Firmware Updates on the 3DS a Possibility

According to Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata during a Q&A session, the upcoming 3DS might be able to install updates on the handheld automatically when connected to the internet.

“As part of the functionality of SpotPass, we’re looking into having automatic system updates via the internet.”

No other details have been given as to how the updates will work, but what’s being speculated is that with the help of SpotPass, the device will connect to any WiFi connection it can to make the download, even on sleep mode. Also, thanks to the storage size of the 3DS game cards firmware updates can also be implemented into games. Reasons as to why could these updates will be available can be attributed to piracy, but Iwata also mentions that these updates can bring more functionality to the handheld.

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Alix Minjarez

Being a gamer since the age of 6 (thanks to my parents), a desire to pursue a career in the gaming industry has been my passion ever since I laid my hands on Sonic the Hedgehog. Some of my favorite games include Shadow of the Colossus, Okami, Duke Nukem 3D, Final Fantasy 6, Killer7 and both the Devil May Cry and Resident Evil series.

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