Updating cia games

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by rfire90, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. rfire90

    rfire90 Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    United States
    I read on another forum that games installed using cia files cannot be updated using the eshop. Is this true? If so, I suppose the only way to update these is to download the updates as cia files and install with the bigbluemenu. However downloading updates from eshop when using .3dz files on the Gateway should work fine right?
  2. OuahOuah

    OuahOuah GBAtemp Maniac

    Oct 2, 2006
    Same question here.
    My CIA games ask me to update.
    But I've already downloaded updates from eShop so these updates are already on the SD card but the CIA games don't see them...

    And you even don't need games on 3DS to access eShop and download updates.
  3. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    .3DZ work fine downloading from eshop.
  4. RitchieRitchie

    RitchieRitchie GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 15, 2013
    Another question on the same topic. Will an installed CIA game with a CIA update work online even if it is a EUR game on a Taiwan console? Thanks in advance for anyone who can answer!
  5. Venseer

    Venseer A weapon to surpass Metal Gear

    Dec 12, 2013
    Kennedy Space Center
    You can't update a CIA from downloading the new version on the eshop. It will download and fail on the last 1%.

    You can download separated updates for games like Super Smash Bros or so on the EShop and they will work on your CIA.

    You can also download the update as CIA and install it.

    If it is on the last version, yes.
  6. Zidapi

    Zidapi GBAtemp Psycho!

    Dec 1, 2002
    While you can play and install games from any region. You won't be able to download updates from other regions (US, Euro, JPN) on your Taiwanese 3DS from the eShop. You'll have to wait for someone to download, convert to .cia and upload it.
  7. jimskeet2002

    jimskeet2002 GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 8, 2009
    So if I have a 3dz rom on gateway I can go in the eshop while on emunand and download any update about this rom normally? and then play online with it?
  8. RitchieRitchie

    RitchieRitchie GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 15, 2013
    Appreciate the info. I wonder if anyone knows that the deal is with Mario Golf? It asked for an update the first time i wanted to go online with it (which worked fine as it was a EUR cia file and a EUR region console) but does this mean it won't work with my Taiwan 3ds?

    Thanks for any help!
  9. undercoverjamil

    undercoverjamil GBAtemp Regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    i think ssb has like 7 updates to it or something?

    Do i have to look for and install all 7 updates as CIAs? Or can I just install the latest one?
    Also do you just install the CIA and that's it? The game has updated?

  10. The Real Jdbye

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    Just the latest one :)
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  11. Arithmatics

    Arithmatics I'll be holding on to you. ;}

    Jan 29, 2009
    Sorry for bringing up an old thread but I was wondering if there was a way to apply the update to an existing .cia. Like.. downloading an update then somehow extracting it and applying it to its existing .cia.

    Say I've got my backup of Smash Bros in .cia format and I download the smas bros 1.1 update in .cia format. Can I somehow take these two .cia and smush them together making a new Smash Bros+v1.1.cia?

    I'm wondering because in theory i'd like to declutter my .cia list and maybe decrease the size of my .cias
  12. HeirofBlood124

    HeirofBlood124 Advanced Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    United States
    I have a question
    I'm currently on Boot9Strap and I'm trying to make a cia of my Smash update
    Where would that cia be located exactly???
  13. Majickhat55

    Majickhat55 The Red Woman

    Mar 28, 2016
    United States
    1. Boot your device while holding (Start) to launch the Luma3DS chainloader menu
    2. Launch GodMode9 by pressing (A)
    3. Navigate to the drive applicable to the type of title you wish to dump:
      • User Installed Title: Navigate to [A:] SYSNAND SD
      • System Title: Navigate to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND
    4. Navigate to title, Select title > 00040000 if you are dumping a full title or 0004000e for an update
    5. Navigate to the folder corresponding to the first 8 digits of the Title ID
    6. Navigate to the folder corresponding to the last 8 digits of the Title ID
    7. Navigate to content
    8. Press (A) on the .tmd file to select it, then select “TMD file options…”, then select “Show title info”
    9. Ensure you have found the correct title
    10. Press (B) to exit the title info
    11. Press (A) on the .tmd file to select it, then select “TMD file options…”, then select “Build CIA (standard)”
    12. Your installable .cia formatted file will be outputted to the /gm9/out/ folder on your SD card
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