For those of you who have been looking forward to the chance to make your 3DS look way more snazzy, firmware update version 9.0.0-20U is here to save the day. Cray-cray name aside, all you really need to know is that this latest update is available right now, and it finally brings themes to Nintendo’s portable console.

Nintendo announced last month that a 3DS firmware update would come around the same time the New 3DS hit shelves in Japan. While the New consoles include the latest software, all other 3DS and 2DS models can now update to be brought onto a level playing field. The update can be found within your settings menu, like normal, and it adds the ability to snag quick screen captures, as well as personalize your 3DS with a selection of themes and music.

Themes have been a long time coming for the 3DS and, along with DLC, show that Nintendo is finally falling in line with some of the more modern bells and whistles gamers expect out of their consoles. If nothing else, it also shows that they’re finding new ways to make a buck or two extra simply by offering up small aesthetic enhancements that fans of certain games would be more than willing to fork over.

Once you apply the update, you’ll notice a new logo in the top left corner of the lower screen’s menu. From there, you can access the 3DS’ normal settings options, as well as your theme library and the new theme store. From the onset, you’ll have access to a handful of color themes (red, blue, black) at no charge. If, however, you want to spruce things up a bit more, you can hit the theme store and peruse the current selection of offerings.

Right now, your selection is pretty limited, boasting a handful of Nintendo themes and a couple of generic set-ups. The non-licensed themes go for a buck while some of the licensed set-ups will set you back $1.99. It looks like the themes include new music options, too, so expect to hear some extremely familiar tunes if you decide to put on a theme from Mario Bros or, say, A Link Between Worlds.

Here’s a pretty lengthy video showing off the themes menu, as well as several of the decorative skins in action. Don’t get too excited, though, as a lot of what is shown here isn’t actually available yet.



Nintendo plans to roll out new themes on a regular basis, and we’ve already seen selections from games like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Azure Striker: Gunvolt and Monster Hunter. If you’re in the market for something special, just hold tight and keep your eye on the theme storefront. Coming just a week after the introduction of themes on the PlayStation Vita, it looks like the current handheld market is in the midst of a heated beauty contest.

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