Wii U System Update Has Arrived

Posted by at 12:34 pm on April 26, 2013

Wii UThe Wii U system update we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. This update brings a host of enhancements and new services, including the launch of the Wii U Virtual Console.

Here are improvements Wii U owners can expect to see after updating their system:

  • Loading times have been reduced, specifically when starting the system, launching applications, exiting software, returning to the Home menu, and switching between software and other applications (including Miiverse).
  • When you first turn on the system, you can now go directly to the Wii menu by holding down the B button on the GamePad.
  • You can now install games and applications from the eShop in the background while other software is being used.
  • When you turn the system off during a download, it will automatically go into standby mode until the download is complete, at which point it will power off.
  • You can now transfer and copy data between two USB storage devices in Data Management (found in System Settings).
  • You can now decide the priority of your downloads when downloading multiple items at once.
  • Nintendo Network IDs are now dispolayed when powering on the system to improve the account selection process.
  • Television screen size output can now be adjusted in System Settings.
  • An Undo/Redo button was added to the Miiverse drawing input screen.

As for the Wii U Virtual Console, it comes complete with a selection of eight launch titles. VC titles include the ability to play off-screen on the Wii U GamePad, as well as customizable controls, Miiverse Support and Restore Points. NES games cost $4.99 or $5.99 and SNES games go for $7.99 or $8.99. If you’ve already downloaded one of the available Virtual Console titles on your Wii, you can transfer it to your new system and play it in Wii Mode at no additional charge. You also have the option of paying an additional $1 for NES games or $1.50 for SNES games to upgrade to the enhanced  Wii U version.


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