New video shows Wii U loading times shortened via system update

System update shown to shave around 10 seconds off loading the Wii U system menu.

Nintendo has released a video detailing the machine's upcoming spring system update, which shows improvements to loading the Wii U's system menu when exiting software.

In the video, exiting to the Wii U's system menu from New Super Mario Bros. U takes about seven seconds with the new update. On the old version it's shown taking roughly 17 seconds.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said in January that Nintendo would improve the system's loading times by releasing two system updates for the Wii U this year, with the second due later in 2013.

Earlier this month Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot pledged to support the Wii U but said the machine needed to sell more units. "We think Wii U is a great machine. But it just has to sell more," he said at the time.

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Lamesy
Lamesy

That's cool. Step in the right direction. Yet at the same time, we all know loading times wouldn't have been an issue if the WiiU had been optimized and planned further before rushing release to cover dying Wii sales.

Shepard_
Shepard_

If You play half Your life, who cares about 7 seconds more loading time? :)

Anyway, keep up the good work, with more patches, fixes. Good to hear about them.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Sorry, but that screenshot sure does look next-gen to me.

hystavito
hystavito

Is there a technical explanation for why the WiiU takes so long to do pretty much anything?  Switching between menus, settings, different applications, etc. is extremely slow.  Is it simply a very slow CPU, very slow storage, something else???

BTW, WiiU price drops continue to be spotted.  Right now the WiiU basic model is on sale at some Canadian Costco locations for $199. 

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

All this hate towards to Wii U by empty_cow. I wonder why he doesn't attack the 360 as well?

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

Getting better, Nintendo.  Now, can you shorten the wait times between great games?

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Nice! Less loading time means more play time! I'm looking forward to the update!

mattcake
mattcake

Gee, glad it boots quicker. That'll be useful when I play... no games on it.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Fix the loading, release some interesting exclusives that don't involve Mario, and lower the price... and your console shall sell.

TigerClaw
TigerClaw

I hope this patch fixes the freezing issues I been having during the Wii U's main menu with the Miis.

malachi
malachi

....great....abit late now that I've completed the game.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Yay, that's a lovely update, but it's the summer update I'm waiting for since it should include a few features many of us are waiting for.

gregrout
gregrout

Hopefully this patch does something about stability... I'm losing track of how many times I have to pull the power cable out of the main box because the unit is locked up. 

LastRambo341
LastRambo341

Awesome job, Nintendo! :D You guys are great and always have my support

leeko_link
leeko_link

At least it's getting better, though it's just the menu managing so it's no big deal to me.

goggle1
goggle1

I believe the problem may be something to do with rendering both screens at the same time.

superbuuman
superbuuman

@hystavito if they manage to improve it then its just bad programming. They rushed the system out without testing imo...there's no way that slow arse OS is considered next gen. At least they've stop referring it to it as next gen now. Nintendo should get hammered for it..cause it is slow. :p

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

@Bl4KD37H Do you live with queuing_for_PS4? If not you should think about it.  You two would live happily together, getting off on each other bashing Nintendo.

dre256x
dre256x

@badwedgie00   That my friend take time, lol.. They basically had to launch the Wii U last year because they new the competition would have a bit more power behind there system..  So what you get is Ps4/next xbox will most likely get beefed up ports with a few games here and there but by then Nintendo should be releasing there heavy hitters..

ItsFizz
ItsFizz

@istuffedsunnyHum I think 199 € is pretty cheap considering it´s only 5 months old. Yeah that´s the basic version but as you HAVE to buy an HDD anyway I see the deluxe as kind of a ripoff  ><. I am actually considering to buy one after the PS4 release (given another 50€ pricedrop and at least 2 games I´m really interested in). Oh well we´ll see
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Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@malachi lol its just the load time quitting a game in general, not for that one game.

Celsius765
Celsius765

@abHS4L88 I'd have wanted the gba games on 3ds but whatever way we get them so be it. I just wish this could be a chance to release unlocalized  games to us. Like say an english version of Summon Night Swordcraft Story 3

superbuuman
superbuuman

@gregrout contact Nintendo, doesn't sound normal to me. Haven't had any of freezing up..experience slow arse OS yes.

WoodenStick
WoodenStick

@gregrout if the next update doesn't fix it, contact nintendo and see what they have to say.

TigerClaw
TigerClaw

@gregrout I been experiencing the same problem. Only when the Wii U menu loads up, It freezes up a few minutes or so when a lot of Miis are on screen.

 The only work around is to turn off its internet.

wcwj26
wcwj26

@gregrout Haven't experienced that personally yet but it happens to my cousin who owns one. Strange! 

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

@leeko_link trust me it helps make the wiiU experience much better... youll be glad they fixed it when you get a WiiU.

Celsius765
Celsius765

@queuing_for_PS4until you take the ps4 out of your username you're no different from fanboys calling themselves things like mariokartfan or some shit xD. I cannot take you seriously with that kind of username

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@queuing_for_PS4 

Actually, Nintendo has been getting this doom/gloom articles for the past 2 decades and look, Nintendo is still around. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Celsius765
Ahh, I heard of that but never really knew what it was. I only had 1 game for the GBA (Golden Sun, ooo, 3DS entry please!) but my brother had several but there were still a lot I missed out on. 

Celsius765
Celsius765

@abHS4L88 @Celsius765 it was a great game one of the best rpgs on the gba in my opinion. great story weapon customization and a great cast of characters

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@emptycow @wcwj26  

Yeah it just has to load the game on the Hard drive permanently taking that Hard drive space and making the game being on a Blueray completely pointless.

emptycow
emptycow

@wcwj26 @emptycow YEA I DONT REMEMBER THE FUCKING PS3 TAKING MORE THEN 17 SEC TO GET OUT OF A FUCKING GAME  "gregrout

just now

Hopefully this patch does something about stability... I'm losing track of how many times I have to pull the power cable out of the main box because the unit is locked up. "

BurtonPeet
BurtonPeet

@Bl4KD37H Uh, yes they did sell more software. The Wii has a higher attach rate per system than the 360 and PS3. Just look it up. I am not holding onto anything. I am just pointing out facts, because that no longer supported system won the previous generation.

That moron up here in the comment section needs to be reminded why he is butthurt, and if a Piece of sh*t system managed to beat his precious PS3, then i can only imagine what a good system will do. 

On a side note, I am getting a little dissapointed with some 3rd party developers. The Wii U is not getting some big names and games onto their library. I am confident this will change, same thing happened in the early days of the Wii life cycle, but these 3rd party devs (like dice who just announced BF4 will not be on Wii U) when they realise they are making a mistake, chances are Wii U players won't suppport them. I know i won't. Not even on my gaming PC. Nintendo needs to get more 3rd party, or i fear they are going to suffer. A system can't just rely on 1st party, doesn't matter how good that content is, it's just not enough. Get more 3rd party onboard Nintendo! 

wcwj26
wcwj26

@Bl4KD37H Yes they did sell more hardware, Wii sold just over 800m games. That's 8 games per console. Fact is, the big N beat the competition left, right and centre this gen and that's before I even get to DS!

BurtonPeet
BurtonPeet

@queuing_for_PS4 @wcwj26 Funny thing is, the Wii was underpowered compared to the other 2 and still outsold both of them by millions, sold more software and got more games reviewed with higher scores. If they had gone into the previous gen with an equally powerfull system... Well you can put 2+2 together i hope.