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Yeah, the original 3DS and 3DS XL have disappeared from Nintendo’s website. Sure, we will soon lose the ability to add funds to the system’s eShop via credit card. Yes, the handheld phenom is basically dead (after a very long, very successful run, mind you). Is that stopping Nintendo from further stabilizing the already-fine 3DS firmware? No, of course it isn’t.

Version 11.11.0-43 recently rolled out for 3DS systems everywhere. The jaw-dropping update will, as you may have guessed, improve stability and nothing else. The patch notes, which weigh in at a staggering eighteen words, read as follows:

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

I am not really sure what person or group at Nintendo could possibly still be working on this sort of thing. Perhaps the update stamps out an incredibly narrow glitch or exploit, but otherwise, I have no idea how someone is still getting paid to iron out the few remaining creases in the 3DS firmware. Why are we getting another 3DS update when I still don’t have folders on my Switch?

For a system that should have been dead in the ground a year or two ago, the 3DS still surprises us with the odd heartbeat every now and then.

The only real emotion I have towards this entire ordeal: it’s sad that the contents of this update are almost equivalent to those of multiple major Switch firmware updates. I can only handle so much stability being shoved down my throat at a time, thank you very much.

Andrew Rockett
Reviews Editor at Nintendo Enthusiast. I am a major fan of all consoles and eras. Follow me on Twitter @habitablestorm3 to watch me tweet about the many old games I love to spend time with.

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