What Should I Do If Nintendo 3DS System Update Failed?

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On occasion, you’ll be asked to perform a system update on your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL. These updates typically install performance updates, including faster software, new applications, and options that make navigating the system menu and the Nintendo 3DS eShop easier. New anti-piracy measures are usually put into place during updates, too.

System updates are important. They’re usually a quick, painless install, though problems can arise once in a blue moon.

One frequent complaint is that sometimes a system update fails to download, and the 3DS/XL owner may subsequently be locked out of the eShop.

If this happens to you, panic not: There is an easy fix. First, turn your Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL off. Then turn the power on again, and immediately hold down the L button, R button, A button, and up on the d-pad. Keep holding the buttons until the system update screen boots up again. Then tap "OK" on the update screen.

Still having trouble? Contact Nintendo’s customer service.