Gaming Consoles & PCs How to Update Nintendo 3DS eShop Software By Nadia Oxford Writer Nadia Oxford is a former Lifewire writer with 10+ years' experience. Her articles have appeared in Pocket Games Magazine, Play Magazine, Game Pro, IGN and others. our editorial process Twitter Nadia Oxford Updated February 06, 2020 Nintendo 3DS eShop. Image © Nintendo Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email Every so often, game developers will distribute a patch for games they’ve released. Patches often fix bugs and/or add new features. These patches usually apply to downloadable (digital) games, though they’re often utilized for retail releases, too. Games on the Nintendo 3DS eShop are subject to updates and patches too, and it’s recommended you apply them as soon as possible. Patches and updates for Nintendo 3DS eShop games are free and easy to download and apply. How to Update eShop Software Here’s what you need to do. 1) Turn on your Nintendo 3DS. 2) Make sure your 3DS’s Wi-Fi is enabled. 3) Tap the Nintendo 3DS eShop icon on the Main Menu. 4) If any of the games you bought need to be updated, you’ll automatically see a message telling you so. You can choose to update at that moment, or later on. 5) If you choose to update your games later, you can view the list of available updates via the eShop’s Settings/Other menu. Tap “Updates” under the “History” category. 6) You should see a list of games that are updatable. Tap “Update” to re-download the game with the updates applied. As with other eShop downloads, you can choose to Download Now or Download Later. Updating your games shouldn’t hurt your save files.