Just in time for some Smash 3DS partyin', Nintendo rolled out some menu themes for the 3DS today in a big ol' update. The link to all the info is here, but the update also gives these upgrades to your system, according to ZeldaInformer:
-Users can now use themes to customize the design and sounds of the HOME Menu
-Five themes are pre-installed and additional themes can be purchased from the Theme Shop
-Themes can be changed by using settings located within the HOME Menu settings
-A feature has been added that allows users to capture screenshots of their HOME Menu
-The Nintendo eShop Title Information page has been updated to provide easier access to any available videos, demos, user reviews, and other information.
The only kinda bad news is that only five of the themes are free, and they're all pretty basic ones (basically just different colors). To get the fancy Link Between Worlds one, you've gotta shell out a couple of bucks.
Theme Shop is its own button at the top left (like on the same level as the notifications). It still ties into your eShop wallet.
Every theme has it's own music, I believe. One of the Mario ones had the Secret Level music from Mario Sunshine as the background. It tells you up front if the image scrolls and what the music is (though I don't think you can test it).
Hyrule Field theme is just my major weakness in life.
I wonder if this update also increases download speeds like they showed off in the New 3DS Direct. I would think faster downloads wouldn't be restricted to your handheld but more of a server side upgrade.
I was all set to download the Animal Crossing theme as shown during the themes intro after the update, only to find it unavailable. Boo! Hopefully it'll be made available soon, as it'll coordinate swimmingly with my Animal Crossing 3DS.
I was looking at the Hanafuda one myself and read something I hadn't a clue about... Nintendo's former name was, Marufuku. Crazy that I just now found out about this! I suppose this was its original/early name when it was in the hanafuda card game business. I just naively assumed it was Nintendo from the beginning. Duh me.
@Abdooooo it can be a hardware. I believe, don't quote me on this, that the CPU handles downloads in terms of directing incoming data to it's apropriate location and that the CPU can only handle up to a certain threshold of data before it can't take anymore.
I actually coughed up 20 SEK to get the Hanafuda theme because I'm a sucker for that type of artwork and I had some cash left on my eShop account. It's pretty, and the new music and sound effects are really sweet, but I bet it will feel pretty busy after a while. Still, so far so good! The zippier transitions between games and the home menu is very welcome too. Good update.
@Abdooooo Yes! Music previews should become standard for this sort of thing, 'cause it would suck to pay for a pretty looking theme only to find out it has a soundtrack that sounds like cows in a slaughter house.