Nintendo Peps Up Wii U Load Times with Latest System Update


Today Nintendo has launched a major Wii U system update to improve the console’s stability, performance and all around user friendliness, while at the same time laying the ground work for the impending launches of the Virtual Console service and the Panorama View virtual tour guide app.

I don’t have a Wii U so I can’t speak to the success of any of the claimed performance boosts from firsthand experience, but here is a list of what Nintendo says the update provides:

– The time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, exit software and return to the main menu, jump between applications, and jump between software and Miiverse has been reduced.

– While the Wii U logo is being displayed during the system startup, users can directly transition to the Wii Menu by holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad.

– Users can install games and applications from the Nintendo eShop in the background while other software is being used.

– When powering off during a download, Wii U will go into a standby mode, then power off when all downloads and installations are complete.

– Users can transfer and copy data between two USB storage devices in Data Management. This allows users the opportunity to upgrade or replace a current USB storage device that is connected to the Wii U Console.

– Users can control the priority of their downloads when downloading multiple items at once.

– Improved account selection when powering on the system now displays Nintendo Network IDs to clearly distinguish accounts.

– TV screen size output can now be adjusted in the System Settings.

– An Undo/Redo button was added to the Miiverse drawing input screen.

So, whatcha think, Wii U owners? Are you pleased with the update?

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