Nintendo Wii U

The Nintendo Wii U update that fans have been waiting for is now available for download, as Nintendo released a press announcement this morning regarding the excellent news.

Along with faster load times and improved performance, as well as setting the table for the upcoming Wii U Virtual Console service, this update has a bunch of improvements.

“Wii U continues to grow and evolve with new features that make it a better experience for everyone,” said Nintendo of America’s president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “Now owners can navigate to their favorite games and services even faster, or play some of their favorite classic games.”

Here are the updates, as stated in the press release:

  • 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.

It’s the hugest update since the console’s launch last November, and it’s great to see the Nintendo Wii U gain positive momentum with E3 just around the corner.

Once you download the Nintendo Wii U update, we’d love to know what you think of all the improvements.  Feel free to comment below!

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