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Nintendo sets the Wii U to ludicrous speed with latest patch

Nintendo’s Wii U console has notoriously terrible loading times. Menus can take 20 seconds to fully load. Games can take even longer. In an update yesterday, the company finally addressed the situation — although I wouldn’t say that the Wii U has gone into plaid.

Early tests with the new system software shows a drastic improvement in load times. I didn’t have a stopwatch on me, but I didn’t have time to reach for my phone or laptop while loading a game, which is something that happened every time on the previous software.

“Wii U continues to grow and evolve with new features that make it a better experience for everyone,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. “Now owners can navigate to their favorite games and services even faster, or play some of their favorite classic games.”

Nintendo also added some additional features in this latest update:

  • By holding B during the Wii U boot-up process, gamers can launch directly into the Wii Menu.
  • The Wii U can now install eShop games in the background while other applications and software are in use.
  • If you power down the Wii U while it is downloading something, it will go into standby mode. It will then fully power off after the installation is complete.
  • You can now move data between two separate external USB storage devices.
  • The user-selection menu at startup now lists player IDs along with the Mii characters.
  • System Settings now has a TV screen-size option to help with overscanning.
  • Miiverse’s drawing mode now also has an undo/redo option.

The update also sets the stage for the upcoming release of the Wii U’s Virtual Console, which brings classic releases to the company’s latest system. Nintendo didn’t specify a release date, but it claims the retro-gaming portal is coming soon.


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