The 3DS has a rather plain home menu design. Don’t get me wrong, the entire menu is well designed and works just fine, but Nintendo never gave us the option to really customise it — you can choose a colour to apply to it, but that’s it. Thankfully, this will all change with the upcoming system update, which will add a new section to the Japanese eShop.

In the Theme Shop, you can purchase themes based on current and upcoming Nintendo titles. These themes give a totally new look to your 3DS menu, and change the menu’s background and folder icon as well as add new music and sound effects. They also add a frame to existing icons.

The best part is that Nintendo already revealed the first themes to become available. Among these is an A Link Between Worlds theme, along with Animal Crossing, Super Mario Bros. and a general Mario theme.

Keep in mind that this announcement is only for Japan for now. Nintendo did not clarify if the update is coming to the western region any time soon.

new homemenu

While going through your game collection, the upper screen scrolls side-wards. 

You can watch the Nintendo Direct presentation in full below, with the announcement starting at 13:30.


Update: Nintendo confirmed that Europe and America will be able to get the new menu skins too.

  • Zelda Fan Guy

    Can’t wait, pretty surprised that Pokemon theme didn’t make the cut though, 3DS has Pokemon theme written all over it :p

    • CEObrainz

      Like some sort of Pokédex?

      • Zelda Fan Guy

        Was thinking something related to like the new versions have that Pokemon thing where you can pet the Pokemon and stuff, somehow tie in that sort of stuff into the theme, as you’re doing that via a device ingame if I’m not mistaken :p

        Otherwise a Pokedex style theme would look pretty sweet too 🙂

  • Ryan Haney

    I like the way my menu looks now, but how can I not get a Zelda theme?

    • Zelda Fan Guy

      I wish EVERYTHING had a Zelda theme 😛

  • Poro

    Anyone know what the extra grey button that is above the ABXY on the new 3DS?

    • Ryan Haney

      Since you can’t close it, you push that to put it to sleep, to get street passes, count steps, and save battery.

    • Ryan Haney

      I just saw on bing news that there is a newer one. I thought you meant the 2DS. That grey circle above abxy is like the c-stick on the GameCube. The IGN article says it also has more shoulder buttons and is like a mid step between this generation and the next. Like the DSi was a gap filler between DS and 3DS.

  • Trinosaur

    Oh this BETTER come over here. I need this omg.

  • Heroftime101

    Well these are just some previews. By the time this comes out I wouldn’t doubt it they will have backgrounds for tons of different games.