Nintendo Rolls Out Wii U System Update

by Jeff Cork on Apr 26, 2013 at 03:39 AM

Nintendo has released a system update for the Wii U that addresses a number of user complaints. The UI is faster overall, and tweaks like background downloads and file transfers have been added as well.

Here's the complete rundown, according to Nintendo:

  • 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

The Wii U Virtual Console and Panorama View aren't included in this update, but Nintendo said they would be coming to users shortly after this update.

In addition to the system update, Nintendo has released the beta version of a web-based Miiverse. Now you can swap pictures and tips with your fellow players away from your console. Head here to see for yourself.