If I went out and bought a N3DS, would it be at firmware 10.3 or lower?

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by Bryon15, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Bryon15

    Bryon15 GBAtemp Maniac

    Aug 9, 2010
    United States
    united states
    Like what are the chances? Obviously if it's above that I'm screwed. I can't believe I'm considering doing this, just to play snes games on it. I already have a o3ds XL with custom firmware installed.
  2. ihaveamac

    ihaveamac GBAtemp Guru

    Apr 20, 2015
    United States
    Tigard, OR
    assuming buying brand new, 100% chance of it being 10.3 or lower right now pretty much. consoles need to be manufactured months in advance to meet demand, so it will be a while before we see 10.4 consoles in stores.
  3. Urbanshadow

    Urbanshadow GBAtemp Maniac

    Oct 16, 2015
    Like 100%, no kidding.

    Afaik, the latest bundle is the n3ds pokemon red/blue/yellow and it comes with 10.2.

    There's a chance the announced Tokyo Mirage FE n3ds special edition bundle to come with 10.5 (as no bundle should come ever in 10.4).
  4. Wuigi

    Wuigi GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 14, 2012
    If you want to downgrade it, I recommend to do a NAND dump via a hard mod.
    I got the red 2DS with... pokémon red and every attempt to downgrade failed as it couldn't uninstall the system menu component.
    Once I updated to 10.6 and downgraded FIRM everything went fine, so if you don't want to end up with a frankenfirmware 3DS you should really consider this.
    It wasn't fun to try the ARM11 a lot of times then succeeding and always receiving an error message when downgrading system menu, I don't think it would be fun for you.
    I also tried formating it or changing SD cards, so there's that.
    Last edited by Wuigi, Mar 7, 2016
  5. LiveLatios

    LiveLatios Profesionnal Scalie

    Nov 16, 2015
    i got my n3ds xl on feb 27 and it came with 9.6 (or was it 9.9)
  6. sj33

    sj33 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 22, 2013
    I think you'd have to be pretty unlucky to end up with a console on a firmware newer than 10.3. These things are packaged and distributed months in advance, after all. In fact, the distribution centres are usually sitting on unshipped stock for months.
  7. dubbz82

    dubbz82 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Feb 2, 2014
    United States

    Seeing that we haven't had a 30 page thread yet about someone buying one new and it being on an "unhackable" firmware of 10.4 or higher (I know, they're still doable via hardmodding), I'm going to presume they don't yet exsist in the wild.
  8. James310

    James310 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 4, 2015
    United States
    Somewhere in California
    Bundles now are 9.9 like the non bundle ones, new bundles this year are 10.2
  9. moy444

    moy444 Newbie

    Mar 7, 2016
    This month i bought a n3ds fire emblem fates edition it was on and I downgraded it succesfully to 9.2
  10. pedroren

    pedroren Member

    Feb 17, 2016
    I bought mine from Amazon (USA) less than a month ago, it was a plain N3DS without bundle, was on version 9.9
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