Nintendo's much vaunted system update for the Wii U is finally online and ready for download. For dedicated Wii U gamers, the new firmware couldn't come fast enough because of all the performance improvements (system-wise; no it will not grant the console more graphical horsepower) it will deliver, in addition to new features. Here's a summary of what exactly will be included in the big 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.
The Wii U Virtual Console service has also gone live for anyone who's really itching for less than 10 currently revealed game downloads, but of course you can expect to see more titles coming soon from classic platforms including the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64. The Wii U Panaroma View demo is also now available, and will provide Wii U owners with guided video tours of various international locales which they can view in 360 degrees using the GamePad; more video tours can be downloaded for $2.00 USD each.