Wii U spring system update now live

Wii U system update 3.0 offers quicker loading and automatic installs.

Nintendo's long-promised Wii U spring system update has gone live, offering shortened loading times for the console among other fixes and improvements.

The speed tweaks affect the time spent loading the Wii U system menu, with Nintendo claiming that menus now load over twice as fast.

Other new options include the ability to install software automatically after it's been downloaded, and the option to download software when the Wii U is switched off.

eShop downloads will now always be the latest version, instead of requiring an update after download.

The system update also sets the scene for the launch of the Wii U Virtual Console, which will roll out shortly with eight NES and SNES titles: Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Kirby's Adventure, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario World.

Wii U owners can update the console by connecting it to the Internet, and selecting System Update from the System Settings option in the main menu.

Nintendo's full changelog for Wii U system update 3.0.0:

New Features:

• A standby function to download and install software while the system is powered off
• Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop will automatically install in the background once the download is complete
• Holding down the B Button while the Wii U logo is displayed during startup will load the Wii Menu

Changes to System Settings:

• An option to transfer and/or copy between two USB storage devices in "Data Management"
• To facilitate this feature, you will now be able to connect two USB storage devices to a single Wii U console
• The ability to select multiple software titles when transferring, copying, or deleting data in "Data Management"
• The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV"
• "Auto Power-Down" has been renamed "Power Settings"
• Options for the standby function are located within this menu

Changes to Miiverse:

• Added support for the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller
• Handwritten posts will now also display on the TV screen during creation
• "Undo" and "Redo" buttons are now available when creating a handwritten post
• Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Nintendo eShop:

• Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation
• Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to the Internet Browser:

• Added support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller
• Added the option to change search engines when performing a keyword search
• Added the option to return to the start page from the bookmark menu
• Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Download Management:

• Added the option to change the priority of downloads

Improvements to system stability and usability:

• Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

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Discussion

115 comments
catsimboy
catsimboy

Still far too slow. What they really need to do is add some customization to the Home menu. Like maybe an option to turn off the obnoxious new age synth music and change the main color theme from BLINDING WHITE to something a little nicer.

BlockheadBrown
BlockheadBrown

I've had 3 lock-ups since the patch.  I'm not used to this happening.  ::shrug::  I'll see if I can narrow it down.  Hoping for the best with this system.  I really enjoy it (aside from the recent locks).

ewjiml
ewjiml

I just downloaded the update and its definitely an improvement but nowhere near Xbox 360 and PS3.  For a "next-gen" machine, that is quite pathetic.  Also, I am baffled by how long it takes Lego City Undercover to load.   It takes 1 minute to load to the start screen.  Then it takes an ADDITIONAL 2 minutes....I repeat....2 minutes to load into the actual game itself.  The last time I had something load that slow was with my 486 Intel computer trying to load Doom 2. 

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Faster loading times my ass.

That is complete bull.

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

Just got one and am quite happy overall. The interface could use a few improvements, and it would be nice to be able control Wii games with WiiU controllers.  Mario and MHU will keep me busy for a while. Let the games come big N!

MotRFalcon
MotRFalcon

So when do they plan on actually releasing games for it?

Superzone
Superzone

The faster load times make a world of difference.

craigprime
craigprime

 To put it simply: This update does wonders.

RhythmAndBlues
RhythmAndBlues

This evening I sat down with my U and played Super Mario World on the gamepad while my flatmate watched rugby on the television. For the first time in five months, I was pleased to own a Wii U...


AlexFili
AlexFili

Love this update. Thank you so much Nintendo :D

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

"• The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV""

I thought I was the only one who had a problem with that. The main menu is/was just a tad bit wider than my TV for some odd reason.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Yo Dawg. We heard you like faster load times in your games, so we thought we would update the load times for Wii U games so that the Wii U games that you don't have because we haven't actually released any Wii U games for the console yet will load faster.

My favorite videogame is Wii U. It launches without games and doesn't afraid of anything.

So Nintendo... How about them Wii U games? Planning on actually releasing anything for it in the year 2013 or are you just gonna keep pumping games into 3DS and pretending the rest of your fanbase doesn't exist? Seeing as how the other developers seem to have no intention of releasing anything worthwhile for the Wii U outside of Ubisoft, we're kind of left wondering if you're going to do anything for your own console...

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

I admit I am close to buying a Wii U as well but lack of quality games as well as the huge price tag is making me put it off until it has a serious price drop. I hope they come out with like a combo pack where it's the system plus a game or two for 250-300 bucks. I'd buy it if they come out with it.

ciphfer
ciphfer

I will buy one when I see some compelling third party games or new first party IP, that use the features of the touch screen game pad.


Do this Nintendo and consider it a done deal.  I am fine with your current price but there is no reason to buy this console at this time.

Renato1984
Renato1984

I'm this close to buying a Wii U. Price drop + Pikmin 3 + pro-user system update + eShop growth is really close to making my wallet say yes.

hrst1
hrst1

I thought they abandoned the wii u already.

atopp399
atopp399

When are they going to add support for controlling receivers, at least the ability to power them on and use them for volume instead of the TV? I would love to use the gamepad as my only remote, but no.  They assume we all use our crappy TV speakers...

Kano92
Kano92

Nintendo is to gaming what Nerf is to sports.

hella_epic
hella_epic

And why was this not implemented before? really reckeless and weak considering they want the WiiU to be a success.

Furwings
Furwings

So once the Wii U gets some of the Big N’s blockbuster franchise games, such as Zelda, 3D Mario, Smash, Mario Kart, Metroid, Starfox etc, it will:

·Be the cheapest next-gen console (most likely $150 - $200 less than the PS4/neXbox)

·Have the cheapest average new game price ($60 as opposed to a rumored $70)

·Be the Only fully backwardly-compatible console

·Play used games

·Have free online gaming

·Not require a constant Internet connection to play games

·Have the Best back catalog of classic games with the Virtual Console – nothing else comes close

·Be the only system with a built-in tablet-style controller which will be supported 100% in every game rather than tacked on (PS4/Vita integration & Xbox SmartGlass)

All of a sudden the Wii U doesn’t look all that bad does it? Don’t get me wrong, unless Sony drops the ball and adopts some of the same ideas that M$ is planning (allegedly) for the next Xbox, I’ll be getting a PS4 as well.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@TheZeroPercent ZombiU and Monster Hunter are the 2 only games you'll be playing on your WiiU for the next 2 years

Rennar
Rennar

@DarkReign2552 Pikmin 3, Project X, Wonderful 101, Fire Emblem x Shiun Megami Tensei, etc...I'd pay $600 for a system if I had to to be able to play Pikmin 3.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

Is a good system..I'm happy with my wii u.

Rennar
Rennar

@69ingChimpmunks That is what the $300 ine is. It comes with nintendo land...which is surprisingly entertaining. Even my nintendo-hating friends has a good time with it...but if you're not looking to play local multiplayer, it's mostly useless.

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

@ciphfer 
Couldn't agree more. The biggest risk, aside from the price tag, for me not buying a Wii U is lack of quality games. Most of the games out on it are trash and aren't even worth renting let alone buying. Add some worthy games and it'd actually make the Wii U worth buying.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Renato1984  

I believe a price drop will only occur if the PS4 is priced around $400, but yeah, summer time should be the ideal time to buy a Wii U, or fall at least.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@hella_epic 

And you think the same thing won't happen to the PS4 and next XBox?

snxx
snxx

@hella_epic Still, adding features via an update is way better than removing them, like Sony previously did with PS3 and Other OS feature. :)

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Furwings you are only pointing out the fact one would be stupid to own a WiiU at the current moment

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Furwings 

As far as we know, the PS4 and next XBox would be able to play used games but most likely there will be limitations on that, most likely with the PS4 (doesn't the Vita have some kind of used game restriction?)

PSN is still free online gaming and Microsoft would be stupid to not allow online gaming to be free (XBL Gold can still be subscription based, but drop online play to XBL Silver). 

The PS4 won't need constant internet connection and Microsoft should CLEARLY be able to see how doing it would be idiotic, so I can suspect that the system won't need a constant connection to work properly, and I do believe the next XBox will be fully backwards compatible, making the PS4 the only one that won't be.

Either way, I already have a Wii U, love it, and maybe in about 2 years I'll get a PS4 if the library is appealing enough (if not, I'll wait until it is, for now the Wii U, PS3 and 3DS will suffice).

Lexicar
Lexicar

@Furwings "Be the only system with a built-in tablet-style controller which will be supported 100% in every game rather than tacked on (PS4/Vita integration & Xbox SmartGlass)" ROFLMAO. You call what the third party developers did with the tablet fully integrated? So far it's been more along the lines of "A fuck it...Wii U has that damn tablet don't it? What do we do with that...Screw it,  have it show a map...people love those" :P

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Furwings Quote $60 as opposed to a rumored $70). 60$ is already a rip off especially for the consoles.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

@xolivierx @TheZeroPercent You're right, nintendo is done making games and will only allow capcom and ubisoft to make sequels to those 2 specific games.

You're pretty smart you know that.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@Brent16397@DarkReign2552Well sure I've heard of the games coming out to the Wii U. How many of those games are coming out though? 

May- Fast & Furious, Lego Batman 2, Resident Evil: Revelations, Sniper Elite V2

June- Game & Wario

July- Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, The Smurfs

August- Pikmin 3, Disney Planes, Splinter Cell: Blacklist

September- Young Justice

October- Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassins Creed IV



There are only 2 exclusive titles on this list and Pikmin 3 keeps getting pushed back further and further, so we'll see if we even get that in 2013. Sure we're getting Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart, Super Mario and Zelda.When? Eventually.  None of them have release dates. Hell, the only one of these that we've seen footage for is Wind Waker HD. The others are nowhere to be seen. Where's Metroid? Where's Star Fox? Where's Donkey Kong? Where's Kirby? Where are the new franchises, 1st and 3rd party? 

I understand they don't want to reveal everything early on in the consoles life, but they pretty much haven't revealed anything. They released a console with no launch titles worth owning, aim to have 1 major 1st party exclusive within a year of the consoles launch, and announced 6 games that don't even have trailers or screenshots with no release date.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Rennar @69ingChimpmunks Nintendoland = party game. They might has well release it on the Wii. It does not qualify as a game, and it is the perfect exemple of the type of game Nintendo needs to get rid of if they want their new system to sell.

Furwings
Furwings

@abHS4L88 I hope you're right about all of it. I'm by no means rooting for or hoping Microsoft will fail with the next Xbox. I want to play the next Halo and Gears too, but that will depend on what they announce on May 21st and in June at E3. And by fully backwardly- compatible I meant controllers and other peripherals - not just games, which I doubt the new Xbox will be compatible with.

Furwings
Furwings

@Lexicar Fair enough, I partially agree with you as far as some of the 3rd party games' implementation of the touch screen. I think like always it'll be up to Nintendo themselves to lead the way and give others ideas on how to best utilize it. (Think Mario 64 on N64 or Wii Sports for the Wii).  

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

@Tremblay343....lmao that is funny, I love how ignorant people get on here and post the most retarded things you will ever read in your life....

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Furwings

Ahh, well it's typically a bad idea to make your new console completely compatible with controllers of the previous console (unless it's a completely different type of controller like the Wii U GamePad) because then it discourages consumers to purchase the new console's controller when they can get the previous one for much cheaper, kind of like how the original Dual Shock worked on the PS2. 

Same here, I don't want anyone to fail. Although I don't really support Microsoft anymore (definitely don't support EA) something a lot of "gamers" don't understand is how detrimental it is for the industry if any major developers fail, especially the big 3. I HATED how SEGA had to drop out since they were my absolute favorite (I've played more classic SEGA games than I have Nintendo) and those who say they like Nintendo but want them to become 3rd party really don't give a damn about the company and it's funny because whenever I ask ANYONE what about SEGA going 3rd party has been beneficial for them as a developer (like listing 10 amazing games they've DEVELOPED in the past 12 years) and yet I never get a legit response. 

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@SirNormanislost so what nintendo still came out on top $ wise compared to sony who was bleeding $ & needs the ps4 to be a success.