Support for the Nintendo 3DS is still going strong, with Nintendo making sure that their handheld runs as smoothly as it can for its considerable install base. That support continues today with the release of the 11.4.0 update, which once again doesn’t tell us a whole lot regarding the specifics of what it does.
The official description from Nintendo claims that it brings “further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience.” Despite being very vague, we do have some information regarding what this update has actually accomplished. One has to do with blocking system exploits, which means that the company is strengthening the handheld’s security to stop backdoors into the system from being made. The other is more useful to the average user, as it addresses the framerate issues in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that were accidentally caused by the previous patch.
The Nintendo 3DS continues to do well in the sales department for Nintendo, which is largely thanks to a fantastic game library. It was revealed late last year that the handheld had surpassed the 60 million units sold mark, with the software sales of physical games currently sitting near the 300 million units sold mark worldwide. These are great numbers considering the poor start the handheld got off to initially, which was due to the price and a lack of games. The stream of games for the system has definitely slowed down lately, but it did get major titles late last year with the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Despite the Nintendo Switch being a home console and handheld hybrid, Nintendo has said previously that the console will not be replacing the 3DS. This year will see the releases of the likes of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia coming next month, and a Pikmin 3DS games that still does not have a solid release date.