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Firmware update increases stability and prepares for big April update

New firmware update for Wii U released to improve system stability and prep for Virtual Console release.

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A firmware update for the Wii U has been released, bringing the current version number up to 2.1.3 U. The only listed improvement for for this update is “further improvements to overall system stability.” It should be noted however, that this update is in preparation for a much larger update in April that will bring Virtual Console support directly to the Wii U, which will launch with a selection of NES and SNES games.

No exact date has been released for the Virtual Console update aside from a dubious “spring”, but we’ll keep you updated and let you know when it’s ready.

 

[via Nintendo]
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  • mabhlink

    anyone has a review of the system after the update?

    • Maxime Haché

      Yeah! I give it a perfect 1/1 score
      here’s how I reviewed it!
      It worked! 1pt!

    • Benjah

      The my review is that it’s to update with computers of the gen. so it will get a 2.0.

  • Nintedward

    Has everyone noticed the comment section/disqus has changed ? we can now downvoat people! YAAAAAY! Those trolls will finally be able to see how stupid they look.

    on topic- Update sounds sweet!

    • ElladanCZ

      Off topic: We will fight the trolls. Donaald do you hear me?
      On topic: I would prefer nintendo network for Croatia.

      • David Noble

        Keep in mind, Donaald did apologize. Hopefully, that means he will stop, and unless he continues to troll, try to accept his apology.

        • WiiUltra

          That wasn’t him. Someone made a fake profile of him. You can tell because he put two “l”s: Donaalld. Donaald changed his name to Knoledgeiswhatsup.

          • David Noble

            Pay attention already. His mom made him delete his account. He uses Donaalld to apologize so we know it’s him. Donaalld already said he was now posting as Knowledgeiswhatsup, so that’s irrelevent. Just give him a chance.

          • WiiUltra

            The real Donaald has a 13 year old son. Therefore he doesn’t live with his parents. But hey, if you want to beleive its one person, go ahead. I like the new Donaald, but I don’t think decieving people is nice.

          • Nathaniel Lopez

            Knowledgeiswhatsup has about 700 comments, last time I checked…do you really think it could be him?

      • Donaalld

        The old don has changed his name and is pretending to be someone else. I am stepping in to fill the void… as a new don (with an extra L). I care about Nintendo and this site greatly. You now have a new and improved don. Pleased to Meetcha!

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Ah, the update finally got processed. Hope you guys enjoy it. :)

      • oontz

        I tried jumping around system settings and mi verse and some games and it seems to be faster on the loading screens :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/derek.ochs.54 Derek Ochs

          indeed it does not increasingly but slightly

      • Nintedward

        Yeh , thanks guys ^_^ . It sucked not being able to downvoat , that’s what made me prefer the old comment system to disqus because at least you could downvoat a troll :/.

        • Tecpedz94

          Why are you spelling it voat its vote!!

        • RoadyMike

          Downvote.Downvoat.Downgoat.Goat
          BAaaa :P

      • bizzy gie

        Was this because of my comment on PS4Daily or was I uninvolved entirely?

      • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

        Yeah, it seemed to fix a bug on mobile devices. Up until now I couldn’t read articles on the go because disqus covered it

    • Mickey Mouse

      Just for your future reference, ‘downvoat’ is spelled ‘downvote’. It irritates me to see poor spelling. Now don’t get all angry at me, I’m just trying to help you (and anyone else).

    • bizzy gie

      I made a note of this yesterday morning.

    • Wayne Beck

      lol I wanted to down vote your post just for fun, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. This is the best version of Comments section.

    • NkoSekirei

      yep and now ghostbell or any other troll will be downvoted to oblivion every time they post something stupid about the wii u

    • RoadyMike

      Let’s hope that you Ninteno fanboys don’t get too sensitive and misuse it.Not EVERY comment not praising Nintendo is bad you know ;)

    • Only a few are true gamers

      It is awesome now lets see how long they stay on this site

    • David Noble

      Yeah, the systems new. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new article that explains it all. Otherwise, for everyone, try and remember to differentiate between trolling, criticism, and constructive criticism. Even though Nintendo is awesome, we still need to remember their not perfect, so keep an open mind

  • http://www.facebook.com/miamirican305 Dario Ponce

    Nice…

  • Guest

    We will fight the trolls. Donaald do you hear me?

    • Super Buu

      Fighting is too much for trolls. Already, they need to create a second face to mask their true selves and say what they want. Ouch! I guess I told the truth.

    • John Andalora

      He changed his name. Now he’s Knowledgeiswhatsup

      • Elem187

        Does he still have that avatar of that retard Malcom X?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502572522 Andrew Teddy Spencer

          Hey I agree Donaald is annoying but you don’t have to disrespect Malcolm X bro.

          • Nintedward

            Agreed. The one thing I actually like about Donald is his Malcom X avatar :)

        • oontz

          Wow, did you really just call Malcom X a retard? I feel really sorry for you.

      • Gabe Hoffman

        I think he is now BellsGhost

        • Nothing5555

          I can fight BellsGhost and take his spot as the worst Troll. Let me start, ahem…..blah blah blah Wii U sucks…blah blah blah….Nintendrones suck…blah blah blah…Zelda/Mario rehash…

      • bizzy gie

        He also changed his profile pic to a bust of some man (probably from Rome). He’s also top commenter for WiiUDaily with well over 700 comments on this site. Pathetic.

        • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

          I am? Where is my free Wii U?

    • Donaalld

      The old don has changed his name and is pretending to be someone else. I am stepping in to fill the void… as a new don (with an extra L). I care about Nintendo and this site greatly. You now have a new and improved don. Pleased to Meetcha!

      • MetroidZero

        The real Donaald had only one L in his name…

        • Donaalld

          Correct. I am the new don. If you miss being trolled, you can take it up our new friend KnowNothn.

          • NintendoNoob

            Maybe if you said nice stuff you would be respected here

          • Donaalld

            I extend an apology for the conduct of the former don.

      • NintendoNoob

        Does not excuse you to insult our passion for Nintendo

        • Donaalld

          I share your passion for Nintendo.

          • Kirzan

            If only you were real, intelligent Donaald. If only you were real.

          • Donaalld

            Thank you.

      • Joey Perez

        you are not donald you do not use the same style of writing and i highly doubt he has a mommy up on his shit. your a sony

        • Donaalld

          Hey! Watch the language Joey. Say what you want but keep it clean or you’re not doing me any favors.

        • David Noble

          Come on, guys. It takes guts to publicly say you don’t have a life, considering it’s so self-degrading. Also, no one else has a particular reason to make Donaal(l)d look better. Finally, trollers don’t worry about the quality of their posts. Now that he’s apologizing, I would be more hezitant to believe him if he still wrote posts in the same style. Lay off him, and give him a chance. If he continues to troll, I guess he was lying, but seriously, all these anti-Donaald posts are getting annoying considering he’s apologizing.

          • Donaalld

            Just to be clear….. the old don whom you love to hate is now KnowNothn. I am the new don who will strive to EARN your respect. I begin by apologizing for the conduct of the former don.

      • bizzy gie

      • WiiUltra

        Theres only one problem. You’re not Donaald. Donaald does not live with his parents. I am assuming this because he has a 13 year old son.

  • Eduardo

    kool… idk if its just me but i felt the loading time a tad faster.. on a nother more note i have a question.. does the disk slot really light up on the wii U, like in the photo above? mine has never lit up so far.

    • http://www.facebook.com/derek.ochs.54 Derek Ochs

      i have never seen that either

    • Benjah

      I think that lighting up thingy for the wii u was only for show cases and not really for home use.

    • WiiUltra

      No.

  • oontz

    It seems to load faster

  • Fred

    What exactly does this mean,

    “It should be noted however, that this update is in preparation for a much larger update in April that will bring Virtual Console support”

    I already can play Virtual Console games I own Balloon Fight and F-Zero and in 15 days I’ll own punch out so what exactly will change on that front?

    • http://about.me/overlordror Ashley King

      Those games are like a beta for Virtual Console, Leo. In April, Nintendo will release the full Virtual Console that will allow you to purchase NES and SNES games on the Wii U, instead of just a select title every month.

      • Fred

        Ok thanks

      • Kirzan

        Who said April? I’m confused. That article reads “a dubious “spring”” and seems very confident about “it’s second month”.

  • disqus_vttd9McYGM

    When will the wii u start shipping with the day-one update included? is it really going to happen?

  • Adam Fox

    sooooo….is it much faster? all these comments and no one has commented really on speed differences…I am 400 miles from my Wii U right now…..

    • Joey Perez

      it did not speed up anything.. it was a prep for next months real update its still slow as hell.

  • Rafael Saldana

    It would be cool if the disc slot lit up like the wii

    • http://tribulant.com/ Antonie Potgieter

      It doesn’t? I haven’t noticed but I assumed it did like the image at the top of this post.

    • NintendoNoob

      Should light up everytime you get an update

      • WiiUltra

        She means on the console. The gamepad of course lights up but the disc slot does not have any lights apparently.

  • mchelski

    I have download and install it, quite short package (thanx god), but if something changed I can really feel yet, some say it’s faster on loading, but I did not believe the loading was that bad before

  • Tekina Sibawo

    Hopefully this will stop my Wii U from freezing (it still does every once in a while)…wondering if I should contact nintendo to get it replaced/fixed. I know it was a common issue to a lot of people before…but I’ve stopped hearing about it. Seems everyone else’s got fixed…but mine

    • Jimmy D. Fugate

      It’s a common problem in all Wii U’s and just needs a patch. Nothing is wrong with the hardware. A good solution is to go into Miiverse and switch the language settings to “English Only”. I also disconnected mine from the internet for good measure until the spring update comes out.

  • Benjah

    good update.

  • Benjah

    Thanks nintendo.

  • GermGerm

    Loading software seems about the same. However, returning to the homescreen is much MUCH quicker. At least from the software I tried. (Miiverse and the eshop)

  • http://www.bagofgames.com/author/jennero/ Jennero Rossi

    I really hope they have a good selection of games when the VC launches. Totally going to go through Chrono Trigger again.

    • Bicentennial_Pidgeon

      That, and Link to the Past. Then waiting till May for Super Metroid, and the SNES Triforce will be complete!

  • tooby77

    This update made loading longer for me. For example, it takes llonger to load eshop, around 30 sec, homebutton response after 3 sec. Not happy, but i often dont change apps. Hope they fix it in april.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

    I was wondering why nothing changed after the update. this spring is gonna be EPIC!

  • tooby77

    Where do i change my avatar in here. That white gamepad is from a gameshow when wii u wasnt out

  • Møhåmmęd Jårmøn

    Does this mean it will stop freezing?

  • AngryU

    i’m not really sure but chat didn’t work till this update, did it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/AJ.Fowl Andrew Chambers

      Chat? Do you mean the video chat? It always worked on mine

      • AngryU

        it seemed like the backend wasn’t up until i tried (after the update) and it worked. Boh.

  • noel

    I really cant wait to relive those NES & SNES (golden era of gaming) days in one console!

  • burnannator

    there’s mods here…..oh god

  • gil

    When is the update that will include Day 1 patch on new Wii Us? ARGH, I’ve been patient waiting for that update and then I’ll be buying a Wii U. I was expecting it this March, don’t tell me it will come past March! We have very slow internet connection and I’m a big Nintendo Fan,

    I WANT TO KNOW when!!! I want to buy as soon as that Day 1 patch is available in newer consoles! Does anyone have information?

  • dgallo911

    Im not sure who this Donald guy is that half of you are complaining about but hes obviously a pretty good troll if hes annoyed so many of you so Donald (or whoever u r) keep up the good work lol. FYI ive parted with $428 for my wii u mid January (in Australia) and it is currently collecting dust so regardless of your preferred system the wii u deserves all the criticism it gets and Nintendo (and all its fans) should take note similar to what capcom have done with off tv play for Monster Hunter etc. I understand that “trolls” are just trying to annoy you but at the same time they are also giving you an opening to voice your opinion

    • Kirzan

      Yeah… Except it was never a secret that few games were releasing for a long time. Sure, you can be mad about it. But you should also be mad at your lack of research. Since 2012, we knew Wii U would only “slightly kick off” from March and on. Websites, read em.

      • dgallo911

        i wouldn’t say im “mad” about it, more disappointed than anything else that its already collecting dust (to make matters worse im a father of 2 so im lucky if i can find 1hr a day to play). I did do my research on the titles, (unfortunately ZombiU wasn’t as enjoyable as id hoped and then Rayman gets delayed etc) and about the system in general but the load times are average at best and it has frozen at least half a dozen times with very limited use which is unacceptable. Dont get me wrong, i want the wii u to do well and i reckon it has the potential to keep pace with the other next gen consoles but Nintendo needs to address alot of the problems with it ASAP and the only way that will happen is if people voice there concerns/issues with it

        • Gregory Edcius

          your right about people opening their mouth especially when it can make a difference like mh3u but read the backlog of doonald’s posts and you’ll understand why people are acting like that
          it’s very annoying to hear someone bashing something he doesn’t own and obviously never played it no matter what he claims it’s like reviewing a game you only ever heard about you never played it but based on other peoples opinions you write it off giving it a low number

          • dgallo911

            Ive only started visiting this site and all ive seen is ALOT of hate for donald but none of his posts and i find it hilarious. He is obviously doing well in pissing ppl off but at the same time he is giving a voice to all the passionate Nintendo owners/fans by provoking them

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerrid.hart Jerrid Hart

    hopefully this will fix the random freezing i get almost every time i play longer than an hour.

    • Holyfire

      Are you talking about your WiiU gaming in general or perhaps just the emulated stuff. Doesn’t sound good. I’ve owned mine since launch and had it crash a only a few times on me. Most annoying was playing Trine 2 at one particular spot. Funny seeing as it’s a downloaded, game, no disc.
      But your WiiU could have heating issues maybe? Check the fan inside is running, you should hear it

  • Holyfire

    That picture of the WiiU in this article has the blue backlit DVD drive. I haven’t seen it on mine. Wasn’t aware WiiU had it. That’s just a mock up pic right?

  • Craig Brandt

    haha my wii u crashed loading the menu right after update

  • http://people.ign.com/returnofthetruth2 ReturnoftheTruth2

    So, Nintendo releases a new system and many updates only for the highlights to be able to play OLD games from OLD systems? No wonder the Wii U is not happening. This is not trolling either.

  • Latino1982

    Are we gonna be able to play Virtual Console on the Gamepad? It would be great to play “A Link to the Past” in bed :D

    • Lazara the Last

      Yes, we actually can already! F-zero is already out! :D

  • Guest

    Here is little comparison: Power on to desktop and stopping game to desktop.

    Wii u: 23.5sec 19.5sec

    Ps3 : 27.9sec 16.3sec

    X360: 29.5sec 14.7sec

    amiga 1200 : 4.3sec 6,6sec

    Maybe amiga is next gen?

  • Guest

    Here is little comparison: Power on to desktop and stopping game to desktop.

    Wii u: 23.5sec 19.5sec

    Ps3 : 27.9sec 16.3sec

    X360: 29.5sec 14.7sec

    amiga 1200 : 4.3sec 6,6sec

    Maybe amiga is next gen?

  • ejownz6

    Why does Black Ops 2 log out when I pull up the menu with the home button?

  • SortableShelf19

    Well the update didn’t really do much for me.