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Nintendo’s older console just received a new update. All system owners can download version 5.5.2.

The update notes haven’t been exciting for Wii U in awhile, and nothing really changed this time either. Nintendo simply states, “Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”. The update may address certain exploits within the hardware.

Note that you’ll need today’s update in order to access the eShop.


A new update is now available for download on 3DS. Nintendo just issued version 11.5.0-38.

As for what the update entails, it’s keeping in line with past firmware releases. Nintendo says, “Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”. That’s all for now.


Nintendo has just pushed out a fairly substantial update for Switch. After applying the firmware, your system will be at version 3.0.0.

Today’s update doesn’t add a ton in terms of new features. However, there is some new functionality, and a number of improvements such as the ability to add friends from Wii U and 3DS, new Splatoon 2 icons, a fix for issues with HDMI input change, and much more.

Below are the full patch notes:

Nintendo has released a new firmware for Switch. All system owners should now have access to version 2.3.0.

Like the past couple of updates, today’s update isn’t massively exciting. Nintendo’s single patch note is as follows: “General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience”.

The data for today’s update should download automatically if it hasn’t already. However, you can also manually initiate the download in system settings.


Switch owners will find that a new update, version 2.2.0, is available for them to download. It appears to be a minor update, promising the usual stability and minor changes.

Nintendo’s lone patch note is the typical one: “General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience”.

That’s it regarding the official news. There could be very small tweaks that Nintendo isn’t mentioning, but we won’t know for sure until users start poking around with Switch after applying the update.


The latest firmware update for the 3DS is now available to download. Version 11.4.0-37 is out now.

Similar to past firmware updates, your 3DS will now be more stable than ever. Nintendo’s official “notes” are as follows:

Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

If you want to access the 3DS eShop, you’ll have to update to the newest firmware first.


Switch’s first system update since launch is now available for download. Version 2.1.0 is out now for all users worldwide.

Keep in mind that it does not add any new functionality. “General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience,” Nintendo says of the update.

You should be able to continue playing any game you have open while the update downloads. The same goes for accessing the eShop.


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a must-have game on Switch. If there’s one thing to criticize though, it’d be the game’s technical performance. Specifically, Breath of the Wild sometimes experiences frame rate drops. Some players have even experienced the screen freezing for a second or two.

Zelda isn’t actually the only game with frame rate issues. FAST RMX and I Am Setsuna both have problems with resolution drops and frame rate fluctuations respectively. However, an anonymous third-party developer has told Nintendo Life that the situation is resulting from a known issue with Switch’s Wi-Fi connection which places additional load on the processor.

One of the site’s readers, JunkRabbit, also provides the following explanation:

Nintendo will be expanding friends functionality in the future, the company has revealed. In a statement provided to Polygon, information was shared about other ways in which you’ll be able to connect with others.

First, Nintendo is planning on having users from social networking services be listed as friend candidates similar to Miitomo and Super Mario Run. You’ll also be able to send a friend request to those associated with your Nintendo Network ID (Wii U / Miiverse) and 3DS. Last but not least, select games will let you “use an in-game interface to send friend requests.”

Nintendo’s full statement reads:

Switch’s first update went live a short while ago, and GameXplain has now uploaded some footage showing what’s new, including a better look at the eShop. View the video below.

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