Nintendo has unleashed the Wii U console’s second system update of the month. According to the publisher, version 5.1.2 U contains further improvements to overall system stability. It also includes other tweaks that enhance the user experience. The Wii U’s last major system update introduced new features and changes to the Nintendo eShop, including the ability to navigate the online marketplace using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller or Classic Controller.
Nintendo has rolled out the next Wii U system update for North America and Europe as expected from our report yesterday. Bar from providing additional stability to the hardware, version 5.1.1 doesn’t appear to do much else. Given the substantial update last month, which added additional controller options for the Nintendo eShop and Wii U to Wii U system transfers, version 5.1.1 merely files under routine maintenance to enhance the user experience. Here’s the short but official word from Nintendo.
“Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.”
Nintendo has released another system update for Nintendo 3DS. According to the company’s website, the new update adds further improvements to overall system stability. It also implements other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience. The handheld received another minor system update earlier this month.
As expected, Wii U firmware version 5.1.0 is now available to download. The update allows you to move all software and data from one Wii U to another via a system transfer. Another additional feature is the ability to browse the Wii U eShop using a a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller. You can read about all of the changes Wii U update 5.1.0 brings, below.
Wii U to Wii U System Transfer
Users can now transfer (move) all software and data from one Wii U to another
A “System Transfer” option has been added within System Settings
Click here for additional information on this feature
Changes to Nintendo eShop:
Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller
Improvements to system stability and usability:
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
Wii U System Transfer details:
The Wii U to Wii U system transfer feature, implemented with the system update released July 21st, 2014, allows you to transfer content from one Wii U to another Wii U. Content from the source console, including any users, Nintendo Network IDs, save data, and digital content, will replace that on the target console.
As part of the system transfer process:
All content from a Wii U must be transferred. You cannot transfer just a single user or Nintendo Network ID through this process
All content on the target Wii U will be lost when the console is formatted and replaced by the content from the source Wii U, with the exception of Wii Menu content, Internet connection settings, TV settings, Wii U GamePad TV Remote settings, and Wii Remote and Wii U GamePad pairing
The source Wii U will be formatted once the transfer is complete
Nintendo Network IDs that previously existed on the target Wii U can be relinked after the transfer How to
If these Nintendo Network IDs are relinked, content purchased by them on the target Wii U will become available for download. The save data for IDs that previously existed on the target system will be deleted as part of the system transfer process, and any USB Storage devices that were previously used will need to be formatted to work with the Wii U again
There is a limit of 12 Nintendo Network IDs that can be linked to a single Wii U at one time
Wii Menu digital content is transferred, but it is not deleted from the target Wii U. Wii Menu digital content from both consoles will be combined
The Nintendo 3DS has a received another minor system update. According to Nintendo, version 8.0.0-18U implements further improvements to overall system stability. The latest update also makes other minor adjustments to enhance the user experience. The last system update added email support to Parental Controls.
Legendary video game developer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the company is hard at work developing the next system update for the Wii U. Miyamoto reiterated that these system updates need a lot of testing, but rest assured there’s certainly one in the pipeline.
You mentioned at the pre-brief that you yourself had been working on the Wii U system update that dropped recently and added a quick start menu. Can you tell us anything about other future updates you’re planning for the system?
“Yes, we’re definitely working on additional system updates. But the challenge is that any time you do an update that big, it requires quite a bit of testing. We can’t do those very frequently, but I can say that we’re already working on the next system update.”
Nintendo has unleashed a new system update for Wii U. Version 5.0.0 U contains multiple tweaks and adds several features, including the Quick Start Menu, which is displayed when users press the GamePad’s power or home buttons to power on the console. The feature also allows users to start recently-played or newly-installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu. Below is a list of all the improvements brought forth by the latest Wii U system update.
- A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
- Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu
- Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
- Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
- GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu
Changes to Standby Functions:
- System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby
Changes to the Wii U Menu:
- The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
- The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
- This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen
Changes to System Settings:
- Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
- Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options
Changes to the HOME Menu
- A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu
Improvements to system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience