In addition to the ability to play Wii games on the Wii U Gamepad, the latest Wii U firmware update includes a host of new features for Nintendo fans. At approximately 700MB, the update takes a significant amount of time to download, but comes with a number of improvements, including several Internet Browser updates, as well as the ability to plug a headset into the gamepad for chats. Here is a list of the major new features of the latest update:

  • Wii-only software can be played on the Wii U gamepad with the use of a Wii remote
  • Trial software (including demos) can be automatically received from Nintendo
  • USB keyboard support
  • Smartphones and other devices can be used to manage Nintendo Network ID
  • Dolby Pro Logic II supported by Wii software
  • View friends list from the Wii U menu
  • A headset can be connected to the Wii U gamepad and used for chats
  • Several updates to Internet Browser, including saving passwords and capturing images from games
  • .pdf files can be read from the Wii U


  1. Even though I dont play wii games on the wii u, playing on the gamepad sounds pretty dope. Every new update makes the wii u more appealing.


  2. Can viruses get into video game consoles like on a PC? I never trust internet browsing on my game consoles because of fear that a virus might get into my console and erase (or corrupt) saved data.


    • No, most viruses are built specifically for the Windows operating system, with a few on Android and Mac OS as well. Code designed for those systems cannot run on the Wii U. In order for a virus to infect your system, you have to run a file that plants the virus in the computer/video game, it can’t happen by itself.

      Short version: No, you’re pretty safe.


  3. i have a turtlebeach headset which requires usb, doo i olug it in the back of the wii like normsl and use my special AV plugins like on my xbox?


  4. Aww… the Wii gamepad thing is meaningless unless you can use the gamepad itself as a classic controller.

    There goes my hopesbfor off-tv brawl with a decent controller (unless they make the Pro controller work as a classic on Wii games)


  5. This update shows just how far out of touch Nintendo is with gamers. Well, I guess it’s time to hand the WiiU down to a niece/nerfew or child and pick up a “big boy” console…2 Gens in a row, this is bad :/


  6. Just been playing Secret of Mana with the Game Pad and CCP. Works really well, I like having the the Pad on the table in front of me with the tv on in the background. The image looked really sharp. I was surprised at how accurate the Wiimote was too.


  7. *Reggie voice* Listen my Fellow Nintendo fans we got no games for the wii u but now you can play wii games on your Wii remote.Dont have Wii games or Wii remote go buy one if you want to play games.


  8. I think it’s a great update and one that genuinely adds something a lot of potential buyers would be pleased with and is another good selling point of the system.
    I’m sure in the future another update will allow the GamePad to be used as a controller, but for now just a Wii remote + Nunchuk setup is perfectly fine as most Wii games use just those anyway.
    Overall good showing by Nintendo. And now just the Direct to wait for…


  9. I’m glad they got this out of the way. Good update no doubt and now it’s time to bring it on home with the unified account system and the gamecube vc games.


  10. I’m looking forward to playing Wii and Wii U tittles with this. Hell somewhere down the line they could add another patch then you could play Twilight Princess with the GamePad. That’s not too easy to do since these games were made to use Wiimotes in the first place.


  11. I’m loving this scene of these inconsiderate fuckheads bitching about a Wii U accessory not being directly compatible with already programmed Wii games.

    Be glad that Nintendo did this to begin with, offering you an option to display Wii games on a gamepad instead of a TV to save electricity, share TV with another person and playing on a device that makes the old games look more appealing.

    If you want Nintendo to try to figure out how to “trick” the Wii to think the Gamepad is a Classic controller to play “CERTAIN” Wii games with it, give Nintendo a break and let them figure it out. And like I said about “already programmed” Wii games, there are games that you are restricted to use Wii Remote + Nunchuk like Metroid Prime 3/Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 1/2 because of the developer’s choice to use the controllers to demonstrate the system’s capabilities back then so either way, you must use Wii accessories to play Wii games period. Wii is not Wii U. Learn the difference and get over it. Lets not forget one important factor of Wii U: Its still barely a year old and has a whole life ahead so expect more incredible updates in the near future like, hopefully, unified Nintendo accounts.

    Its like no matter what generous thing Nintendo does for gamers, there are still extremist/needy (real greedy) idiots asking for more in such short time and then blindly hate the company for no to selfish reasons like bashing it because its specs is not like PS4’s (which still doesn’t make Wii U inferior to begin with). Calm your flaming raisin sized balls and be patient with them. Go read a book or watch Teletubbies or some shit if you’re not interested or satisfied you whores.


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