Submitted by Valay 1087d ago | news

New update available for download on Wii U

Nintendo has released the first firmware update for Wii U following launch, and it comes in at nearly 600MB. (Wii U)

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GraveLord  +   1087d ago
600MB!? Nintendo....
SonyWarrior  +   1087d ago
i returned my wii u yesterday got full refund too.
mrbojingles  +   1087d ago
Because of updates?

Otherwise congrats on getting full refund. Most places here don't do that with new, opened hardware.
Amsterdamsters  +   1086d ago
Gee, your ID say's it all. I have my nice new Wii U sitting in the same cabinet as my 360 & PS3. You're loss I guess.
killatia  +   1087d ago
what does the update do?
3GenGames  +   1087d ago
Probably fixes a number of those security bugs and then memory management problems. I mean, have you heard any feedback from the WiiU? You can barely start a game without it crashing/freezing.
Ilovetheps4  +   1087d ago
I'm sorry, but I've never had anything close to that. My games open up perfectly every time.
Ihaa  +   1087d ago
According to other sites, it speeds up load times between apps so it shouldn't take forever to load them anymore. Other than that, no one really posted anything on the update so well have to wait for every fix/feature to be announced.
meganick  +   1087d ago
I haven't experienced a single freeze or crash with my Wii U. Where are you getting your info?
MarkusMcNugen  +   1087d ago


You know there are some people who still have 1st gen Xbox 360s... Just because you havent had problems doesnt mean others havent.
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sniperxx  +   1087d ago
yeah, media hype - the xbox/ps3 sites/fans are trying to make it seem like an issue.

Short of losing power during a firmware update, this is really a non-issue. I havnt had one freeze - been playing COD/Nintendo Land/Mario without any issues.
Amsterdamsters  +   1086d ago
We have 5 Wii U retail games and 2 eshop games and have only had it freeze once early on out of the 50+ hours we've put into it already.
SilentNegotiator  +   1087d ago
Fill up your basic's HDD, leaving you needing an external HDD.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1087d ago
Well it does. These are issues that should have been addressed pre-launch.

So being almost forced to buy an external HDD is non-issue? lol
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lilbroRx  +   1087d ago
Its not an issue. They intended for you to use and external hard drive as your primary storage device from the very beginning.

That was well known to anyone who knew even the most basic information about the Wii U before launch just as the launch update was.

There are far to many people trying to insist upon nonissues as problems.
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DOMination-  +   1087d ago
Actually.... I didn't know that ^
younghavok  +   1087d ago
im a huge Wii U supporter and I agree with Silent on this. These two big ass updates are eating my basic's storage a tad too much. I intended on getting a drive, hell i have one somewhere around here, but it still kind of sucks.
Neonridr  +   1087d ago
so how about those 4GB Xbox 360's or the 12GB Super Slim PS3?

With mandatory installs on a PS3 becoming an every game issue, how do the PS3 owners get around that?

32GB is plenty of space. Right now I have AC3, Scribblenauts, Nano Assault Neo and Trine 2 all saved on the Wii U HD. If I want more, I can move a couple of these games over to my external hard drive.
LOL_WUT  +   1087d ago
@ Neonridr
12gb > 4gb > Wii U 3gb ;)
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sniperxx  +   1087d ago
at least you can plug whatever external drive into it you want. I got a 1TB drive connected to it right now...
OneAboveAll  +   1087d ago
Not necessarily. Some of the files in the new patch might be updates to some of the files in the first patch which means they will replace the old files.
kupomogli  +   1086d ago

Neither did I. Nintendo made it sound like all this stuff was preinstalled on the Wii U, then after launch, we all learn of the massive day one patch.
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Lubu  +   1087d ago
I hope it speeds up the system load times. Switching between things takes so long.
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   1087d ago
Wow!!! 600mb's? Pretty big considering the 8gb model is down to three once u do the first update.
3GenGames  +   1087d ago
No, it will rewrite the current OS/Firmware. Don't count on the size going up much at all, if at all. That's not how that works.
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   1087d ago
Hopefully ur rite. It doesn't matter to me tho because I have a external HDD at 1 tb.
AO1JMM  +   1087d ago
I just finished the update on my 8gb and the space was effected. Seems to decreased load times for apps.
TemplarDante  +   1087d ago
But, I thought people said Sonys updates were ridiculously big (150mb)
I bet Nintendo will have a picture of Mario riding on Yoshi about to punch King Bowser in the gut playing on the screen during the update , and the Wii U fanboys will forget all about how big the update is and say "Im okay with it, I love my Wii U" ..
A word of advice, dont unplug or disconnect the wii u during the update..
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evercast  +   1087d ago
You know what.. If it had an animation of Mario riding Yoshi about to punch King Bowser in the gut playing on the screen, I would totally forget all about how long it was taking and be like Yay Mario I love my wii u!
stuntman_mike  +   1087d ago
they should have something like on the 3ds when you download something from the e-shop. the little crystals going in the box and the little bag guy running and hiding. I like that...
PopRocks359  +   1087d ago
Downloading the update right now. And no sadly, no cute animation with this one. All we get is a blue wheel. I also am saddened to report that the update is going by pretty slowly too.

Oh well. I'm browsing about and doing some studying in the meantime. If the update changes the system for the better, then it'll be worth it.
TemplarDante  +   1087d ago
double post
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   1087d ago
Go here. It explains that if you downloaded the previous update, you can run this in the background and use the system like normal.

jon1234  +   1087d ago
isnt this update to add the tv remote function or something?
WeAreLegion  +   1087d ago
Not yet. It's coming soon though. Hopefully, they announce it at the conference tomorrow. :) Also, I hope they figured out how Comcast customers can do it. We can't right now.
DarkBlood  +   1087d ago
we already got the tv remote function the button is even on the gamepad unless your talking about the service thing
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dazzrazz  +   1087d ago
They should make those updates available also via ftp.
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lfclee  +   1087d ago
I'm really enjoying my wiiu the tablet is outstanding i'm using it now, the games are fine.
FinalomegaS  +   1087d ago
seems to load the apps faster now.
FinalomegaS  +   1087d ago
can someone double check if it is true..

It might be just me.
BLKxSEPTEMBER  +   1087d ago
The apps definitely load faster... Back to Zombie U!
YoungPlex  +   1087d ago
Wow, much more stable and does definitely load faster between apps. Still, there's always room for improvement but Nintendo is obviously aware of that... Good job!
mydyingparadiselost  +   1087d ago
my update went fast enough and yes, things are loading up much faster now. Just gets better and better...
Sgt_Slaughter  +   1087d ago
See? At least Nintendo is aware of any issues and will take care of them fast.
BattleTorn  +   1087d ago
Yeah! And it's been taking over an hour (80%)

I have high-speed internet too.

Edit: if this makes things faster - then w00t!
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Deku-Johnny  +   1087d ago
You can't have that much of a fast connection. It took mine 10 minutes.
BattleTorn  +   1087d ago
Probably locale. I'm in Canada. Xbox Live Updatesd usually get to me a couple days late, albiet fast when they do.

My PC downloads reach 3mb/s easily.

When it comes thousands of people seeding from one source, it's usually due to the capacity that Nintendo has to manage. (It's why the release updates by regions slowly)

Obviously all done now. And things are faster.
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Chupa-Chupa  +   1087d ago
It adds Blu-Ray, Gamecube support, and "Certificates" their version of trophies.
morpha  +   1087d ago
I had a brief play with my wiiU and I cant tell if its quicker at loading apps or not... maybe only slightly but still too long. I cant help but feel that people are imagining a speed up.

I have not had issues with constant freezing either so I cant say anything about that.
LouisGarcia  +   1087d ago
It sounds like the Wii U needs to update a lot!
Neonridr  +   1087d ago
every time I turn my 360 or play a game on it I have an update that needs to be done.

So far the Wii U has had 2 system updates and each game usually has one update the first time you play it.

don't over exaggerate.
PopRocks359  +   1086d ago
What system this generation and up has not needed consistent updates?
richierich  +   1087d ago
All of my Black Ops 2 data has been erased from my Wii U after the latest update has this happened to anyone else?
ChickeyCantor  +   1087d ago
Not sure where people are getting that apps load faster. I really don't notice a difference.
Shnazzyone  +   1087d ago
600mb? Sounds like that would suck unless you have basic broadband internet. Seeing as most people have broadband internet this doesn't strike me as a real problem.
poo342947294792  +   1087d ago
miiverse opens a lot faster and returns to home almost instant now....all other apps seems still slow like 10 seconds just to switch makes it feel clunky, but miiverse is the most popular and used like non stop by a lot of people so that great to see
lilbroRx  +   1087d ago
Why is this news?
jay2  +   1087d ago
So let me get this right..In the first 17 days of it's life (from coming out in the US) Wii U has had 5.4GIG OF FW UPDATES! wow!
neogeo  +   1087d ago
no. 1.2 gigs. the first update was never 5 gigs, it is 1 gig and this update only is 200mb. the other 400 are not used just re written data.
wiiulee  +   1087d ago
yes lets go ahead and get these updates and firmware squared away nintendo so haters dont have nothing to talk about then again they are haters and blabers mouths for a reason....the wiiu is a great system and after a couple months all these will be done away with...
redonix76  +   1087d ago
Updated last night. Load time is much faster. Still slower than what I would like but at least it's a nice improvement.

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