Wii U's Latest Update Allows System Transfers, Wii Remote-Enabled Shopping

The 5.1.0 U update from Nintendo launches today.

The latest system update for Nintendo's Wii U is now available, and its primary addition is support for system transfers between Wii U systems.

The 5.1.0 U update offers three (documented) changes. The new system transfer feature allows you to move any software and data--including save games, Nintendo Network IDs, and so on--located on your console to a different Wii U system. This process erases any data stored on the Wii U being transferred to, so you'll need to back any such data that you intend to keep. Also adding to your workload: If there is a USB storage device attached to the target Wii U, you'll have to format it afterward before it works with the Wii U again. More details on how the process works are available on Nintendo's support site.

This feature's appeal is, no doubt, limited; many people will never have a need nor desire to transfer their data to a new Wii U. But for those who do--like those who want to move to a special edition Wii U, like The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker one above from last year--this will be very welcome. Prior to this, there was no official solution for transferring data without contacting Nintendo support.

Also new in this update are new controller options for browsing the eShop: the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller can all now be used to look around and make purchases on Nintendo's digital store.

Lastly, there is the unexciting, yet obligatory-in-every-update "system stability" improvements. Nintendo also notes that "other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience," but doesn't specify what these might be.

Wii U's last system update, the 5.0.0 U update, was released in early June and added the system's quick start menu and GamePad alerts.

Do you plan to make use of the new system transfer function? What features do you still want to see implemented in a future Wii U update? Let us know in the comments.

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Discussion

49 comments
johnnyauau
johnnyauau

That's great but there's the issue on the Wii U system in which Wii games with a 4:3 range hasn't been cropped up to full 16:9 screen. And that includes the Virtual Console games but only on the Wii screen side,

Micropixel
Micropixel

This is a good update. Maybe not great, but definitely a step in the right direction. Although I probably won't make immediate use out of some of these features, they're all very welcome additions none the less.


Reading through some of the other posts here, I think a lot of you are either forgetting, or just don't know, what it's like to be without a Wii U Gamepad. Before Nintendo started addressing this stuff with their updates, you pretty much lost access to everything if something happened to your Gamepad.

Some of these features included:


Nintendo eShop

Miiverse

Internet Browser

Netflix

Hulu Plus

YouTube

Amazon Video

Nintendo TVii and all of it's Television remote functions

Wii U Video Chat

Mii Maker

Parental Controls


That's a pretty heavy chunk of software to lose because of a damaged, defective or missing Gamepad. But recent updates have fixed some of that and you can now use some of those things with just a Wii Remote of a Pro Controller. But not everything works. You still can't use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, Mii Maker or Parental Controls. Wii U Chat and Nintendo TVii also won't work, but I feel those are the only two exceptions that should require a Gamepad to use.


As for the system transfer feature, I give a very big thumbs up to this. Though it's not the solution most of us were hoping for (I'm with you guys on the whole unified accounts idea), it is heaps better than what was in place before.


All in all, there's still a lot of work to be done with the Wii U. The fact that they have touched on these two very important items is promising. Maybe they do hear us...

juboner
juboner

Well I have been a little frustrated when using my wiimote in a game and then going to the eshop and having to switch back to gamepad. They need to allow the gamepad to turn off the console in Wii mode or go to the Wii's home button fuctions and give u the option to switch back to Wii U from the pad while in Wii mode. Am I right guys

isharted420
isharted420

Screw that! I just want to move my Nintendo ID and Content I have purchased to another Wii U or 3DS!

BigPrimeNumbers
BigPrimeNumbers

Almost there Nintendo! Now just let us sign in to another Wii U or 3DS with our Nintendo IDs, and have access to all of our purchased content (access to cloud saves would be awesome as well), just like other consoles. Come on guys, get there!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Still no unified account system for digital distribution.  Any time now, Nintendo.

Celsius765
Celsius765

Good now to update the wii u I don't have *dignity laugh*.... I want one so bad

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Wii U - the BEST console of 1997, period!


Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Very passive-aggressive article.


I'm glad to hear this, I've been wanting to browse the store with my Pro Controller since I got it.  I already have the Wind Waker edition Wii U though. 

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

....system transfers...?   How about the ability to chat with my friends while NOT in the same game.  Or is this not 2014?

sdinh225
sdinh225

Welp...it's something I guess. 


Personally hoping they'll eventually kill the need for the gamepad to even just go into Youtube. 

captainwonton
captainwonton

Waiting for N64 virtual console games to be playable with the gamepad

WllDan7
WllDan7

It is nice they keep upating the system. And unlike a lot of the wii updates these have proved to be better. I only hope things get better going forward.

Stebsis
Stebsis

Still waiting for the option to play Wii games with the gamepad

datn1zzle
datn1zzle

I would love to have my Nintendo id on multiple wiiu's like my Xbox's or playstations. I want to be able to carry over my game saves from the living room to the room. I bought two wiiu's thinking this was an option but no! I would also like a party chat feature, would be damn awesome. Communication in online with friends is a must, and voice is the most effective way!

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Nintendo seems to work pretty hard on their operating system. I love the addition of data transfer, as it allows me to transfer data if something breaks (like the CD drive). I used the data transfer of the PS3 two times (once CD broke, once YLOD which I was able to fix for a short time using heat)

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

@Celsius765


I had no desire for one until Mario Kart 8.  Now I don't know how i got by without it.  I was going to get Forza Horizon for the One or Driveclub for the PS4, but no need to now - MK8 has it covered.

kujel
kujel

@IndremaLover Wii U - the BEST console of 2014, period!

There fixed that for you.

kujel
kujel

@Fartman7998 "Very passive-aggressive article" are you surprised this is gamespot they irrationally hate Nintendo.

Relvar
Relvar

@IndremaLover  Wait? What? This is 2014.... We are moving AWAY from online connectivity - Since the end of the Facebook Era, people are wary of "talking" to people and "multi-player" games and such - we want things to work standalone, and encourage me to play with people in the same room not across the country.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

He's kinda right though. It's an update for the sake of saying 'we have updates', but it's uses are very select and useless to the average customer.

And yes, I'm a WiiU owner saying that.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'm a lifetime Nintendo console owner and I can confirm MK8 is no Forza (I have no intention on buying a PS4 so my Drive Club knowledge is poor). MK8 is fun, but it can be completed in a dedicated day or two. Online is empty & lifeless and tires quickly. As a whole, the game is an average game in the series and doesn't live up to a better title in the franchise, Double Dash.

hystavito
hystavito

@IndremaLover If Mario Kart replaces games like Forza or Driveclub for you, you probably shouldn't have bought those games anyway :).

sanchango
sanchango

@IndremaLover question: Did you get your free game? You get a free game when you register it on club nintendo!

fig56
fig56

Your trying really a little to hard to t r o l l there buddy. I was 5 when the NES was released and have owned EVERY Nintendo system that was released. I have to say that they have changed very much in 30 years. Just because they don't change at the pace that YOU prefer you have to be a complete tool about it. Grow up kid. Period!

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

@kujel @IndremaLover


Thanks - i like my U, but i don't like having to use my 360 to chat with my friends while playing on my U.



EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I could say the same thing to PS4 updates to be crap but then again, I don't complain about it.

datn1zzle
datn1zzle

@RainIsMyDrug @datn1zzle  It wasn't a waste, I have two of EVERY system. One in the room, and another in the living room. I am a GAMER, and support all the companies.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

@RainlsMyDrug How is that a waste? I have 2 Wii U one for me and one for my Daughter so she can stop coming to my Master Room just to play my Wii U. Seriously don't worry about the other guy, that's his Money, he can buy whatever he/she wants.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I don't buy Sony products so I'll have to take your word for it.

datn1zzle
datn1zzle

@EasyComeEasyGo  You sir, are on point! I just find it convenient to be able to have two in case my kids want to play at the same time I do. I also game in my room as well as my living room.