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New Wii U Firmware Update Available Worldwide

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A new system update is available for the Wii U and adds improvements to the system stability as well as adding some other minor adjustments. This is likely a prelude to the much anticipated December update that will bring Nintendo Network IDs to the 3DS and converge accounts cross-platform. What do you think should be added to the Wii U December system update that will make the system more enjoyable?

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      1. What about games. I find it funny that if I look at my friends list, that over 50% of the time people are online but not playing games. They are on the internet, netflix and such. nothing like spending $300+ to get netflix streaming or a web browsers. Basically games are lacking and boring so more people surfing than playing. I’m different, i get a game console to play games. I get a DVD plyer to play DVDs. a computer to do the rest. I don’t get a console to watch movies, surf the net.

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      2. LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Rayman Legends, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Wii Party U, Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Wii Fit U, and Super Mario 3D World. And you assume that “there still aren’t that many games out for it” ? Think again.

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      1. And that’s why I must ask, are you willing for pay for online services? Xbox Live has all that good stuff because you pay a fee to maintain those services, Nintendo online service is free, so with that being said be happy with what you got for what you are paying for which is nothing.

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      2. You can pretty much guarantee that if the fanboys are complaining about paying $5.00 to use the “Pokebank” that if Nintendo introduced all these online features for a fee then the same people will be complaining and refusing to pay it.

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      1. It’s still developers choice, you’ve been getting gimped 3rd party ports with no online features for a year now, what makes you think that you’re going to get party chat?

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  1. Folders to organize games, and the ability to use either the GamePad’s controls or the “Classic Controller Pro” in Wii mode. That is what I’d like in the December Wii U update!

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      1. Although… Now that I think about it, they probably wouldn’t want that. Because then you could play Virtual Console consoles without buying the Wii U port. (Even though I would buy it again for the Miiverse and other stuff.)

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      2. You can’t play all your games on the WiiU. The VC games are very limited and most of them are not on the WiiU. Nintendo is hardly putting them out.

        Nintendo is over their head dealing with the WiiU and had very poor execution and/or planning and you can see it in the quality of games and number of games being released.

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      3. It’s true, the amount of VC games is super annoying. I had hoped to have more after a year-ish.

        And as for the quantity of the games, they have made more games for the Wii U themselves, then Sony/Microsoft has for their consoles. It’s just that Third-parties aren’t making games for the Wii U. Which sucks.

        Also, I’m not going to fight. Because that’s dumb and immature.

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      4. Most stupid comment of the day. It shows lack of knowledge from both the wii and wiiu consoles and you claim to own a wiiu? You don’t own shit.

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      5. You’ve been playing video games for the last 7 years, right? You realize that Nintendo sucks less money from its base than the other guys, right?

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      6. But if done on Wii with Gamepad, it don’t sport off-TV play and save points function which for Wii U you can only pay a small price for upgrade if you want. No one says you have to spend more money to enjoy games you want. So if Nintendo makes that Gamepad/Classic Control update, how you use it and pay/play games is up to you. Nintendo will still earn more revenues elsewhere.

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      7. Yeah, I know, but from Nintendos stand point, I just don’t think that they would see it to be something they should add. :(

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    1. I think this is quite hard to achieve…..the Gamepad has a completely different configuration, it wouldn´t work with wii games the way it is right now. But if we could play Wii games without having to switch to the Wii menu that would be just as great.

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    1. I don’t get people that talk about wanting VC games or better Wii support. You have a WiiU, don’t you want new WiiU games but ports or VC games. I know I only play the VC games when nothing is out and bored. Otherwise never even look at them. I didn’t spend $300+ to get something that can play NES games.

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    1. Serious question, N-Dub Nation, you told me a few weeks ago that Jellybean left this site because of a “temper tantrum”. Could you explain?

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  2. Cross game chat is a waste of time in any console. It was useless on 360 is useless on ps4 and it will be useless on xbone at least don’t waste time and resources on cross shit. A message with a join option is enough if people wish yo play with me.

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      1. “They didn’t say anything about the difference, except the WiiU is not a Wii.”
        They weren’t focusing on gamepad like they had in several other commercials other commercial show it off other things about the wii u. Again the term casual has lost its meaning in gaming community

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  3. They could have had a more mature masculine commercial. After all PS4’s maturity got them to sell a million in one week. What does it take for Nintendo to mature their marketing? What’s wrong with advertising adults charting with each other with the GamePad’s capabilities that is never advertised on TV? Advertise the off TV mode on Pikmin 3 or Call of Duty and Splinter Cell. Advertise Nintendo TV or show off Link Demo to show off Wii U’s graphics. Show off coming soon Bayonetta, X Tropical Freeze on TV.

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    1. Well I was getting ready to tear you up, I realized I don’t really disagree. I just think they don’t need to Focus on nor mature shit

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    2. Ps4 sold over 1 mil in one DAY not a week it hasn’t even been out for a week. Also they only cater to kids right now, hardcore fans don’t get any love.

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    3. The hardcore is aware of the wii u there is really no need to advertise to them unless the game requires it. I don’t think showing off that zelda demo would be smart since they confirmed its not going to be direction of the next zelda. Nintendo shouldn’t have to advertise for COD or rayman thats ubisoft and activisions job, but nintendo sees that they suck at it. Off TV play has been showed off lots of times but yeah it should be showed. The mature market again shouldn’t be marketed too that much since they should know what the system is.
      I agree maybe show a next year line commercial. But hey advertisement is advertisement

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      1. Will they kiddie advertising got Wii Uto 4 mmillion and 12 months. The mature advertising got PS4 to 1 million in a week. So if mature advertising is so wrong why did it help PS4?

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      2. They advertisements didn’t help the ps4 with the mature crowd because they already knew it was there. The hardcore crowd or “mature” haven’t seen that much that intrested them. E3 sold most sony fans a ps4, nintendo didn’t have that big conference because it was a direct SSB, X, bayonetta, fe x smt,ect got hardcore happy for the wii u and nintendo has pleased other crowds like the megaman, and smt fans. KZ advertisement was awful in my opinion they showed Zero gameplay just expensive commercial. KZ was okay knack didn’t help that much, hell they didn’t even advertisement his game, and admited they didn’t even try to make his game. My point is yes hardcore is more happy with ps4 at this time, and thats good i’m happy for sony. However remember its mostly families that shop during the holidays so showing your consoles is full of violent library isn’t the best idea in the world but it won’t hurt them. Nintendo is aiming for families during the holidays like most people do

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      3. The Zelda Demo will show off Wii UK’s graphics capabilities. Sad that 3D Mario World was the first game to show it 12 months later. The hardcore thinks Wii U is a kiddy console. Also the hardcore is aware of Ps4 and they still show PS4’s games on hard graphics. Result sold 1 million in a week. So if hardcore advertising is so wrong why is PS4 selling?

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      4. True but all im saying is that it would be nice to see some hardcore games advertised. Make some commercials for kids and some commercials for the hardcore fan base

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      5. It’d be really smart if they did another version of that commercial except have it being a bunch of dads playing Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, or Call of Duty. Then have their wife walk in and change the TV to watch her LIfetime movie and the dad playing off tv mode.

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      6. The Rayman Legend trailer didn’t suck which got me to buy the Game because the trailer showed the GamePad’s functions. Show that same trailer on TV and it would have sold way more. Why not advertise the 2nd 3D Mario World trailer on TV than that kiddy commercial?

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    4. For fucks sake! I have never see such a comment about a person putting his masculity in doubt by games. You know what I read from this? “Nintendo do please put a masculine ad cuz I’m afraid of being fag” that’s what I got from your comment.

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      1. Oh but the sells results got PS4 to a million. Why is the current way they advertised Wii U not working? Please tell.

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      2. Let them do what they want with their ads. They are not asking you for money to do them. Your job if you want too is buy the games you want and enjoy them if you want too.

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      3. The 2011 Kia Optima has sold over 100,000 units and outsold the Chevy Malibu. It can’t so that if you don’t advertise it correctly. The Kia Soul out sold the Scion XB and Nissan Cube. Why? Good product good advertising. PS4 more expensive than Wii U yet sold more units than Wii U why the right advertising.

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      4. They used nothing but live action and cgi in their commercials with next to no gameplay. Commecrials didn’t sell the ps4 if remember way back with the ps4 preorders they were sold out before any ads, the E3 hype sold people the ps4

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      5. plus the name of the wii u is hurting since nintendo has only made one sequal named console the snes. Sony has been naming numbers on their console to tell them apart, besides their handhelds

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      6. Name has nothing to do with it. Xbox One is a bad name and it has more PR orders at $500 than $350 at the time Wii U. Advertising your product correctly is the key.

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      7. Yet 2011 E3 Nintendo showed NSMBU a GamePad and four Wiimotes and 2 years later barely 4 million Wii Us sold. Failing to show off ground breaking graphics and Pro controllers to make people actually feel like its a next gen console.

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      8. When introducing a new console at E3 a 2D game is not a good idea. If it was then why is it under 5 million in sales?

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      9. E3 2011 was just showing off the wii u, we didn’t know we were getting at
        launch for wii u, not until E3 2012, which they showed pikmin, and other stuff. Pro controllers wouldn’t define next gen. I don’t define next gen with graphics hell i don’t care for the term “next gen” because its lost its overall meaning

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      10. You may not define next gen as graphics but PS4 preoders do at 1 million. 2D Mario didn’t do it like Sony did.

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      11. But how many people said that was reason they bought, most people i’ve talked too just care about the games, spec are pc gaming more console since that what console gamers love to argue about

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      12. You can’t deny that advertising played a big role in ps4 sales. Commercials for products grab people in that’s how it has always been

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      13. So you admit PS4 did better at E3 than Wii U did. They did so good, they made it look like Vita was better than GamePad. And I know that’s not true. But only the minority knows the truth.

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      14. No sony just made ps4 a very hyped console the vita partbwas awful, plus nintendo was really have e3 it was just a direct too me. Sony slamed more micrisoft more then nintendo, because sony knew the crap flying around the xbone. Wait till u see the xbone comes out before we use the commercial factor, they are doing the same thing as sony is doing, so there will be ur comparison

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      15. Yes and CGI from Sony draws more buyers than the kiddy advertising for Wii U.if my option in Nintendo needs to man up their advertising is wrong why are the low sales not proving I’m wrong? When will Nintendo Commander buy a Wii U? So a lot of Nintendo fans don’t have a Wii U.

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      16. Yup they don’t advertise correctly. That and alot of other reasons are biting them in the ass. Low sales will continue for Wii U. Mario will give a boost but it won’t be enough.

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      17. 1.  Call of Duty: Ghosts – 703,638
        2. Battlefield 4 – 396,187
        3. Killzone: Shadow Fall – 355,148
        4. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – 345,176
        5. Madden NFL 25 – 133,176
        6. NBA 2K14 – 111,674
        7. Knack – 102,749
        8. Need for Speed Rivals – 94,157
        9. FIFA Soccer 14 – 77,914
        10. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – 32,188
        11. NBA Live 14 – 21,652
        12. Skylanders SWAP Force – 18,681
        13. Just Dance 2014 – 17,569
        14. Injustice: Gods Among Us – 5,143
        15. Angry Birds Star Wars – 2,274

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      18. @Adarazz, understandable.It seems 70% of people who bought the ps4 have call of duty, 30% killzone, 10% knack and 30% for BF4. Some people wouldn’t shut up about KZ killing and knackbwould 3D world. I knew KZ had following like pikmin and sony’s lack of respect for knack would kill its chances.COD and ps4 sold the ps4

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      19. If your premise was correct then why none of the other consoles outsold the Wii? Besides, how could the Wii U sell more than it did if there was barely any exclusive until September?

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  4. So far no haters! I don’t gotta pull out the curse words, or break any legs, yup this suite is sweet. Got an update downloading and a bowl packed. See you all online

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  5. Here are some suggestions on what to add in the System Update

    – Cross Game Chat
    – Group Chat (With 3 or more people)
    – Be able to play Blue Ray/DVD’s
    – Like posting screenshots on Miiverse, we should have it where you can record a video of your gameplay and upload it on Miiverse, Twitter, Facebook, etc.!
    – In game notification (Similar style they did with 360 where it tells you who just signed in or logged off, while your playing.)

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    1. The Wii U doesn’t plays DVD or Blu-Ray disc. Unless if you have a second DVD or Blu-Ray player at home. It only plays games.. not movies– except it streams movies from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus.

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  6. Show Lego City Under Cover GamePad’s functions. Show off Wii Party U functions. Wii U gamepad on the floor while 4 players with Wiimote have to reach down with Wiimote and walk slowly. Show something that makes Wii U stand out from the competition. Also show off Mario Party 8 graphics letting people know its coming soon on the ESPN channel. The differance between Wii and Wii U is not hard.

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  7. When Super smash arrives they need to display what you can do now that you can’t do on Brawl. Show off Miiverse on TV, the art from the gamers on Miiverse which you can’t do on Vita. Show off Ray man Legend’s exclusive features. Show off a part of Nintendo Direct on TV. Show in TV the Pro controller and how you can use it. Show off the GamePad’s mic. Nintendo could sell this thing if they brought up Wii UK’s true capabilities on TV.

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      1. The Wiimote is more useless it tricks people thinking its a Wii. Also Wiimote advertised didn’t get Wii U to 1 million in a week.

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      2. So I didn’t like the Wiimote play I perfered the GamePad or Pro controller. I’m playing anorher Nintendo not a Wii. I bought it for the GamePad they promoted the GamePad
        That why a lot of people think GamePad works for a Wii now.

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    1. I wonder where Wii U needs 1gb to system OS.
      If you think of the applications that are noticeable, those cant use all the 1GB.
      It is more than likely, that they could give 1,5GB for games, and ~250MB for system, and rest for reserve.

      But I guess this just has to be another “wait and see”.

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  8. They should change it so the Wii U doesn’t have to “change” into a Wii to play Wii games. It should just do it automatically. Also, the Wii channels should just appear on the Wii U home page. I hate going back to the Wii menu….it looks sooo…old!

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  9. Cross game party chart, better messaging system and notification… LIKE ATLEAST HAVE THEM POP UP ON SCREEN… and maybe a achievement system of some kind? Maybe?

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  10. full game chat (across game, or otherwise)
    a achievement system, that developers can choose to use or not in the game your developing.
    more apps are coming (like skype)
    Nintendo based shows (or something) on both Wii U and 3DS
    having your game purchases tied to your account (so you can download on a new console if your other one breaks, or so you can download games if their is a mobile version or vice versa)

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    1. I do believe you can already do this.
      If your 3DS Fails you for some reason, when you buy a new system and you link you nintendo account to the e-shop you can redownload al titels and software again if you already paid for this

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  11. I don’t know why they haven’t done this already but the pro controller should be able to browse the internet properly (with an on screen keyboard) and you should be able to type your user password without using the game pad also. Support for Adobe flash on the web browser would be awesome too

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  12. What in the December update could make the Wii U more enjoyable?

    ~ A playable version of the 2011 Zelda HD demo (this should have been available at launch)
    ~ A special Nintendo Direct that shows Wii U games in development such as Wave Race, F-Zero, Metroid, Starfox, a FPS, an action adventure game, Pokemon and the new Zelda.
    ~ An announcement that since EA and 2K Sports will not bring their franchises to the Wii U that Nintendo will just start making their own sports games like they did with the NES.

    There isn’t much they can do physically that will change anything. Just a news bundle with the aformentioned items would be enough for me.

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  13. What I would like to see from the update is an imrovement of what they already did ..
    I would love to play my Wii games that do not require motion controles (like Xenoblade) to be played with JUST the gamepad!

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  14. We are all waiting for some nice updates.
    But on a different note here, they dont tell much more of their updates, but that theyre stability updates, Wii U is the most stable system I have ever had.
    Sure it has frozen out, and there was that big trouble with netflix, but still it has been the most stable system I’ve ever had.

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  15. Cross Chat, Optional notifications (at least give the choice!) of people coming online or trying to call you, Oh and Nintendo Tvii in the UK please along with an overall improved service to Nintendo TVii, an auto connect to different Wifi networks, I’m constantly going from my place to my GFs with the Wii U and I’m having to go into the settings every time to set the Wifi, whereas my 3DS automatically connects! I want a sleep option for games – my 3DS has a sleep mode during gameplay to resume where I left, why can’t the Wii U?! More streamlining of the OS, I don’t mind the speed at which the OS works, but it’d be nice to lighten everything further, so if a second gamepad is introduced my GF can watch Netflix on one and I can continue playing on another. I’m sure with enough investment into the OS, its RAM usage and how services are processed this could be possible. Ummm those are my only gripes

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  16. The sad truth is that Nintendo has conceded the core audience to sony and microsoft after the GameCube and with the inception of the wii. They haven’t got a chance in hell in persuading a ps3/360 person to upgrade to solely a Wii u. With the Wii u I see Nintendo has tried to cater to both parties but for whatever reason that hasnt materialised creating confusion for me they were to scared to take risks and ditch the wii brand which brougt them market leader status and financial supremacy.there best hope for the 8th gen is positioning the Wii u as an accessory console to ps4/xbone/pc where you can enjoy the best IP in our industry and the occasuonal superior multiplat e.g rayman legends, batman arkham city armoured edition

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  17. I feel like it should be possible to play certain Wii Virtual Console games, like Majora’s Mask, on the WiiU. I always used to play with my Gamecube Controller, but now that they’ve dropped that, I’m forced to buy a classic controller, while the Gamepad could have it’s own configuration.

    I mean, the Classic Controller required an update as well right? that means that they can program new controllers through a download. it shouldn’t be the hardest thing, you could probably go as far as making the wii recognize the gamepad as a gamecube controller and remap the ‘gamecube’ button layout. I would really love to play games like Paper Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time on my Tv again.

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