Video game console fans are used to seeing Microsoft and Sony allow developers to update their software post-release to fix little issues and add new features. Those who want to get the most out of their Nintendo hardware, however, have had to live with the company's inability to enhance games via the Internet. That's about to change with an upcoming system update for the 3DS. Starting April 25, 3DS owners can update the handheld's firmware in preparation for software patches. First up, it seems, is an update for Mario Kart 7. Here's some of the press release from the company itself:
On April 25, a system update for Nintendo 3DS will give users new functions to explore. By downloading this update, users can create folders on the system's HOME Menu to organize their content. This new feature is designed to make it easier than ever for players to access their favorite downloadable games, videos and demos. With this update, users will also get helpful recommendations in the Nintendo eShop for titles they may like. Other elements of the system update include the ability to update select software, such as a Mario Kart 7 update coming in mid-May that will resolve shortcut exploits in the game.
Smart money is on Nintendo patching the infamous Maka Wuhu shortcut glitch in which it's possible to lop twenty-seven seconds or so off of one's time when racing on the otherwise enjoyable Wuhu Island course. Thank goodness that Nintendo's technology is finally marching on. It is far beyond time for the company to be able to fix little problems in its games. So many great Nintendo DS games became unplayable online once hackers and cheaters learned all of the exploitable tricks. Mario Kart DS and Metroid Prime Hunters are just two examples of titles from the original DS generation that became impossible to play online over time thanks to exploits that allow for unlimited ammo, super-speedy characters, the ability to pass through walls and barriers, and other infuriating things. I was afraid that the 3DS era of software would suffer from similar problems over time, but thankfully Nintendo is finally joining the modern world. And who knows? The ability to patch games today could lead to free downloadable content tomorrow!
And then paid DLC the day after that.