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3DS system update released

Nintendo says it improves system stability and enhances the user experience

Nintendo has launched 3DS system update 8.0.0-18U in North America, with a European release expected to follow shortly.

The company says the update makes "further improvements to overall system stability" while "other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience".

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May 2014's 3DS system update introduced new parental control features, while December 2013's 7.0.0-13 update added Miiverse support and the ability for owners to tie their accounts with Wii U.

Nintendo sold 12.24 million 3DS units in its most recent financial year, taking lifetime sales to 43.33 million. Annual software sales for the handheld came in at 67.89 million units, taking lifetime sales to 162.92 million.

The company expects to sell 12 million 3DS units worldwide this financial year, with key software releases including October's Super Smash Bros for Wii U & 3DS and November's Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire.

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