Just like all modern video game systems, the Nintendo 3DS gets updated every so often with some being much larger than others. In most cases, the overall version number is only increased by a decimal point for smaller updates, but when we got to the next whole number, it is typically something major. Strangely enough, Nintendo just released the latest update for the Nintendo 3DS, which makes the big jump from 7.2 to 8.0.
One would assume that this would mean something big was added to the 3DS this time around, but instead Nintendo is only saying it is a stability update.
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
The last jump to a whole number occurred back in December with the addition of Nintendo Network IDs and Miiverse to the handheld, so there is a precedence for bigger updates than this in the past. Perhaps Nintendo went ahead and released the update to set things in motion for something bigger that is coming soon, perhaps to be announced in a new Nintendo Direct.
It just seems very strange for them to make the jump to version 8.0 without something more substantial. If it turns out there is nothing more to it, it really is quite disappointing, especially with not much being added at all to the system since the December update. Hopefully we’ll learn more in the coming days.