System Update Brings Themes to Nintendo 3DS

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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3DS Free Themes

Five free new 3DS themes

The Nintendo 3DS has just received a new system update (9.0.0-20 U) that brings themes to the 3DS, making it possible to customize the look of your 3DS home screen. The update comes with five new variations of the default 3DS theme. They are red, blue, yellow, pink, and black as you can see in the image above. It was nice of Nintendo to give us five new themes for free, even if they are just different colored versions of the default 3DS home screen theme. There is also a new Theme Shop that allows you to obtain additional themes like those shown below by purchasing them or redeeming a download code.

3DS Mario Theme

A Mario theme

A Zelda: A Link Between Worlds theme

A Zelda: A Link Between Worlds theme

Personally, I’d go for the Zelda: A Link Between Worlds theme over the Mario one, but these are of course only two of the themes available on the new Theme Shop. The themes in the Theme Shop are priced at $1.99 each, and they aren’t just new graphics. They come with sound effects, animations and music as well according to the update notes.

You can change your home screen theme via the icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, as shown in the screenshots above. This icon also gives you access to the “Screen Brightness” and “Power-Saving Mode” options as well. Most likely, more themes will be added to the Theme Shop over time as well, so don’t worry if you don’t see one you like just yet.


About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.