Fabulous Folders Follow in Fresh Firmware’s Wake…in 3D!

Alliteration aside, for those who are unaware, the 3DS’s latest firmware update brought with it an exciting addition (at least for me) – folders! This is the first time in Nintendo’s history that the option to sort software into individual folders has been made available to the players, and I must say that it’s about bloody time the 3DS adopted this feature.

With so many new, sexy games (and plenty of older, sexy ones, too) becoming available for purchase lately, not to mention the twenty Ambassador titles some 3DS owners scored, it’s safe to say that at this point many 3DS menus are probably becoming more crowded than a Goomba anger management seminar (they always look so confrontational).

But, what’s this? Firmware to the rescue! Pages and pages of games and software on my 3DS menu have been reduced to a single, organized page with labeled folders containing all my goodies. That’s good news, since previous organizational methods only last so long when a steady stream of games forces you to shift every piece of software over a square to make room for newcomers.

One might ask, however – why all the hullabaloo for folders? Well, as previously stated, this has never happened before on a Nintendo console, and the fact that it’s happening now means that there’s enough software worth the time of day to even bother sorting – there’s tons of it, and there’s more on the way. Anyone else hear the news that New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the 3DS will also be Nintendo’s first major title available digitally upon release? If this marks the beginning of a new direction for the big N, then these seemingly insignificant folders, which we can customize however we wish, have suddenly become invaluable. That said, boot up those 3DS systems and snag the latest firmware update before…well, before the system forces you to do it anyway.

So, keep the games comin’, Nintendo, and thanks for all the fish – I mean folders.


Name's Michael Fletcher. I'm a college graduate, and I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English with a focus on professional writing. Programming never clicked for me, so the only realistic way for this lad to make a career out of playing games is to write about 'em. Luckily, this is something I enjoy doing anyway. Live to play, play to live.