The Nintendo Wii U received a sizable system update today, as part of the company’s plans to improve the console’s performance and prep it for upcoming Virtual Console.
Here’s what included with the update:
- 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.
In addition, the Virtual Console is almost here, with Off-TV Wii U Gamepad support, Miiverse community support, and the ability to save games. NES games will cost $4.99 to $5.99, while Super NES games will range from $7.99 and $8.99. For those who have purchased games on the Wii’s Virtual Console, they can of course, be played on the Wii U at no extra charge. However, to take advantage of the extra Wii U functionality, an update for NES games will cost $1.00 and the SNES games will cost $1.50.
Nintendo also released the full version of Wii U Panorama View. The demo version is available for free, while full versions of tours will cost $2 a piece.