Upcoming Wii U Update Will Decrease Load Times

Next month, Nintendo will upload a new update for the Wii U which "adds new features and further improves the user experience". It will specifically speed up load times for games. Shingeru Myamoto responded to the question of why this wasn't addressed before the console was launched.


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Godchild10202020d ago (Edited 2020d ago )

This is not a flame bait comment or anything, just an observation. From the lack of games for the past 2 months and the updates to improve the system with load times and other stuff, it seems like Nintendo released the console too early.

The load times were bad when it first released and the update did take a while, but that could be due to the amount of people downloading the update. Now that the update is on the console and it only took a few months, I think Nintendo could have benefited from waiting a until February to release the console instead of November of last year. Rayman Legends would have stayed exclusive or at least would have released on time and there would have been games releasing every week from the release date.

PopRocks3592020d ago

I can concede to that. My Wii U would suffer freezing issues after a few straight hours of play prior to the first post launch update. OS and software-wise it does feel rushed out. Otherwise, it runs fine and Nintendo is at least doing what they can to improve upon the system.

darthv722020d ago

a new update released a couple of days ago? I was using the wii-u last night but never prompted to do any new update so I would think it was probably optional.

Just curious if it fixed anything for anyone who updated recently.

As for the one coming soon, I am really curious if they will reduce the footprint of the OS and give back some of that space that is set aside for its use.

I would think they can eventually get the OS down to a smaller size that uses less resources to speed up the system overall. Like what MS had been doing with the 360 over time. Then again, MS is more about software and operating system experience than nintendo.

In some weird way....they make an agreement to have MS help them with refining the wii-u OS in exchange for some mario rights on the next xbox....yeah like that would happen.

MNGamer-N2020d ago

I agree. Why rush the system out when the games are being delayed anyway? Doesn't make much sense. But the past is the past, I'm now looking forward to the update and some more new games.

Godmars2902020d ago

So they could make Holiday sales. The industry has always been pushed more by timetables and profit than quality.

Munnkyman2020d ago

I def agree with about it being realse early. My wii u would freeze quite a bit in the beginning. Now it does it only on Hulu

Nevers0ft2020d ago

I pretty much agree with what the guys above said... The OS certainly wasn't ready at launch. There's weird omissions, slow loading, lack of uniformity in interfaces and just a general feeling of "Just make it work in time for launch" about it.

I'm fine (in a way) with the current game drought though, it's not unique to the Wii U. Anybody who has bought a launch console in the past will have experienced similar. When I say "I'm fine" with it - don't get me wrong, I'm gagging for some new games but I expected this to happen.

deafdani2020d ago

As superficial as this answer can sound, the reason why Nintendo released the Wii U on november instead of february is simple: sales. November is a killer date to release a new console, with Black Friday and the shopping frenzy before the Holidays begin.

February, on the other hand, is a terrible month to release new hardware.

It all really comes down to that. Nintendo put a deadline to launch the Wii U at november, so I guess everyone crunched overtime to try and get as much as ready as possible, but still there were things that didn't make the date, so they're addressing these things now.

MegaLagann2020d ago

As much as I love my Wii U and think Nintendo will be fine and the Wii U will be a success, I do agree the console was rushed to launch and Nintendo screwed up the launch big time.

The OS was and still is slow, there were a couple times where it would freeze booting up Miiverse or exiting out of a game, services weren't ready, games weren't ready, it seems like Nintendo rushed the system out to get the initial holiday sales.

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richierich2020d ago

I think its time for another Nintendo Direct that focuses on Wii U games because the next few months looks a little dry apart from Lego City

Godchild10202020d ago (Edited 2020d ago )

Not really, Lego City will do well because it's a Lego game and they tend to sell well. I don't know System seller well, but this is the first Lego game to be exclusive to a a console. And it's a Nintendo published title, I expect some legs on this. And it's price reasonably.

Monster Hunter could do okay, but it's also on the 3DS, so that may do more harm then good.

You got N4S:MW, the best version on consoles, its late but hey you never know and then you have Injustice. Injustice is a Mulitplatofrm title, so I don't expect amazing sales on the Wii U, but I expect good things from the Game Pad.

Its the months between late April and September that worries me.

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MegaLagann2020d ago

I think in a week or two we'll see a new ND for Wii U. Probably announce release dates for Game & Wario, Wii Fit U, The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 (at least I hope to god they do) show off the OS update and maybe even announce some new third and first party Wii U games. They need to do all they can to get Wii U sales up.

ZeekQuattro2019d ago (Edited 2019d ago )

I'm hoping the next direct mentions some solid dates for Nintendo games as well as other companies.

Deku-Johnny2020d ago

Finally, I can't wait for this update. I got my Wii U at launch and the only problem I've had with it so far is that the loading times are rather slow.

worldwidegaming2020d ago

Just in time for monster hunter..nice!

MNGamer-N2020d ago

Are you getting both for 3ds and wii U? I'm only getting the WiiU version, undecided on 3ds...

josephayal2020d ago

it's getting better and better

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