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Here’s A Complete List Of What The Newly Released Wii U System Update Does


Nintendo has recently released a major system update for the Wii U console. The update brings the system to version 3.0.0 U, and implements new features and several improvements – all of which are detailed below and on Nintendo’s website. Once you update your Wii U, software you’ve purchased from the Nintendo eShop will be able to download and install while the system  is powered off.

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*²
  • 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” *³
  • “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

65 thoughts on “Here’s A Complete List Of What The Newly Released Wii U System Update Does”

    1. the ability to use Pro Controller and/or WIimote in Miiverse is a big plus too me. I prefer turning on my console with a Wiimote or Pro Controller, especially if I’m hopping right into a game. But sometimes, I like to just check Miiverse real quick. This will work out just fine!

  1. still waiting for downloadable games to be attached to profile and not to system wont buy until this is available

  2. Haters gonna hate

    Definately a good update BUT:

    The system is still slow. Everything is slow. Even though faster than before the update. Even my iPhone loads games faster, how is that possible? Takes 5 times longer to open an old Punch Out game on Wii U than opening Final Fantasy 3 on iPhone 3GS. I mean, wtf? A phone beats a gaming console on loading times. I think that’s not really acceptable in 2013. Or is it?

      1. No, there are other factors, otherwise the system update wouldn’t have improved the loading times. The question is how the operating system utilizes the available RAM, for example how it implements paging and manages virtual memory.

      1. I hate to tell you that most of the softwares including Ninja Gaiden 3, Zen Pinball 2, and etc that available for all three systems (except Zen Pinball 2) tend to load slower on Wii U compared to PS3 and Xbox 360. PS3 and Xbox 360 can load a lot faster in term of digital download. As the disc goes, I am not really sure. The strange part is that the flash drive supposed to run faster than hard drive. I am assuming Nintendo put a limited on the RAM.

        But the good news is there are one more update to fix the slow loading time in the summer.

    1. Dude cmon its super fat… way faster than any cd based concole. Your iphone loads faster because its a friggin phone with mcro apps. Evrything is compressed n scaled down.

    2. Phone games are small…put angry birds on a console it will load fast. People are so impatient these days. 5 seconds of loading oh no my attention span is so short I got bored in 5 seconds and turned off my system.

    3. Smartphones and tablets have about <1000 MB for apps. While the Wii U boots 1GB+ games/apps in less than 8.7 seconds.

  3. I’ve noticed a few other things, like the icon to switch videos from gamepad to TV has changed on the browser and videos are run a lot smoother on YouTube. The undo and redo buttons on the Miiverse is a lifesaver and the new look on My Nintendo News (on the Wii U browser) looks really nice!

  4. These are some significant updates. Aside from greater OS speed, I like the ability to control Miiverse with a pro controller or Wiimote. A week ago I was curious as to whether I could write on Miiverse using my pro controller, in the event that something happened to my gamepad. When I realized I couldn’t, I was annoyed. Glad they fixed that.

    1. yes, if only in the nest update they allow the system settings to be adjusted with a wiimote or pro controller, same goes for the eshop, imagine if one of your kids breaks the gamepad, your screwed, you cant change important settings or eshop, its ridiculous! i hope this gets sorted, an please for the love of god nintendo include a feature, where if the system power button is held for a few seconds, no matter what the system will auto shut down, like on my ps3, i hate on wii u when the damn system freezes an makes a loud irritating buzzing sound, an there is no way to turn the damn console off, unless you rip the ac adapter out of the system or switch off the plug, its stupid, an i should be able to turn off the system by holding down the power button,for a few seconds, an it auto shuts down!

      1. I can second that! I got used to holding power down for computers (Mac and PC), Wii, PS3, (not sure about Xbox 360), and even Nintendo 3DS. I don’t understand why I can’t hold the Wii U power button down to turn off.

        1. You can do that now! Today my brother unplugged the USB HD and the WiiU crashed. I would usually have to unplug but I could just hold down the power for 7 seconds.

  5. “Improvements to system stability and usability” This is the most important part for me. Hopefully this means they fixed miiverse, tvii, and the youtube app from freezing.

    1. LMAO, i found the new update went live last night, when it was 1:30am in uk,. an it downloaded in 15minutes for me, hehe luckily i doubt most were hammering the nintendo network servers for it, an so it was fast, that ad my broadband is awesome!

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  7. I was excited to hear of Wii Remote support for the Wii U browser, until I found all it’s good for is clicking links or zooming in or out. No on-screen keyboard like the Wii browser had. :( I was surprisingly a fast typer on that browser with the Wii Remote, but I guess Nintendo won’t be carrying over that function on this one. Stinks…

    1. I know right? NO MORE OVERSCAN!!!! now you don’t miss anything! :D Sony never actualy fixed this on the PS3, I was already giving up the idea of Nintendo fixing it.

      1. For miiverse and the internet channel.
        When I was playing moster hunter I couldn’t see my air when I was diving.

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