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Submitted by Ish_Siliconera 1054d ago | news

Wii U Video Shows Reduced Load Times After April Firmware Update

One of the complaints about the Wii U is that the system’s load times are too long when navigating its main Wii U menu. A firmware update in April will help reduce these. (Nintendo, Wii U)

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jacksheen0000  +   1054d ago
Nice! Now make some feckin games Nintendo.
Jek_Porkins  +   1054d ago
Did you try Lego City? That game is all kinds of fun.
jacksheen0000  +   1054d ago
No,I wasn't a big fan of the Lego games to begin with.

I much rather wait until Nintendo release some of their AAA titles.
zwicks  +   1053d ago
I am not a big fan of the other Lego games - but this is great. Like a good Pixar movie with lots of funny references to the grown up gamer.
1upgamer99  +   1053d ago
Look you got disagrees,mostly I bet from people who have never played Lego City. Great game! Tons of fun! I know it is just a Lego game, but it looks darn good too. The map/GPS on the gamepad cleans the TV screen up some too. The humor in the game is great.
Now about those nasty load times, thanks Nintendo. That is my one complaint that needs to be fixed. I really had hoped this would have been fixed a little sooner. Better late than never.
admiralvic  +   1054d ago
Who needs Nintendo when Monster Hunter can kill hundreds of hours without trying.
VINNIEPAZ  +   1054d ago
"Who needs Nintendo when Monster Hunter can kill hundreds of hours without trying."

THIS One of 2 reasons (also Bayonetta)I got a Wii U. Gonna put a few hundred hours on this bad boy
morpha  +   1054d ago
Hell YES! I just finished low rank in single player... only logged a few hours online but already upto 30hours! (its only been out for 5 days here)
Shnazzyone  +   1053d ago
I will have monster hunter soon. which is disappointing because i just figured out i can use wiimote pointer controls on COD black ops 2. Making it vastly better to me in every conceivable way. Oh well.
3-4-5  +   1053d ago
they are....a lot of good games are 30-70% done...just wait a bit.
bullymangLer  +   1053d ago
me am love vids like these thanks thanks
gamer42  +   1054d ago
That's really a huge improvement to what we have now.
guitarded77  +   1054d ago
It is a huge improvement indeed, but it makes me question if Nintendo rushed the system to market since these improvements are done simply using software techniques. I'm not complaining, I appreciate the system software updates on all platforms, but maybe Nintendo should have put more time and money into the system software initially to make it faster from the get go. I'm sure they will make it even faster over the course of the console's life. Nintendo should be well versed with the Power PC architecture by now though since they've used it in the GameCube and Wii.
PopRocks359  +   1053d ago
The 360 and PS3 made some significant improvements with their firmware over the years. I think hardware will constantly be updating their OSs so as to make the overall experience better over the course of the generation. This update is an example of that I think.
guitarded77  +   1053d ago
@ PopRocks359

I know... I pointed that out in my above comment. My reasonable question is, Why didn't Nintendo have the system software semi-optimized after using the same architecture for 3 generations? I see the fanboy's disagreeing with me, but this is general computer architecture 101. The engineers decided to stay with the Power PC processor, and I assume it's because they know Nintendo has a lot of experience with the architecture and development tools ready to use. I just think Nintendo's OS team wasn't a priority until the Wii U launched, and more players had issue with load times. Hell, I didn't even complain about load times.
deafdani  +   1053d ago
Yup, Nintendo rushed the system to market. They wanted it out by November of last year, to get some sales from the Black Friday and Holidays shopping sprees.

Hence the OS being un-optimized.

I'm a big Nintendo fan, but that much was clear as day to me. More so considering the Wii U had a 1 GB day-one system update.
Lazyeye79  +   1054d ago
It may be a big improvement, but it is still incredibly slow.
deafdani  +   1053d ago
Incredibly slow? It takes exactly 8 seconds to fully get out of the game and back to the Wii U's main screen. That's about the same as Xbox 360 and PS3, if not faster (I know, I own both).
jcnba28  +   1054d ago
I never realized it took this long but this is a huge improvement.
BosSSyndrome  +   1054d ago
Damn.
jaymart2k  +   1054d ago
15 sec improvement from game to dashboard. Wish the video showed the rest of the OS.
morpha  +   1054d ago
this update probably only improves the speed of going back to the OS, its partner update which comes out later in the year speeds up other parts.
Zhipp  +   1054d ago
I'm kinda hoping for the Summer update to untangle your account with your Wii U, if you know what I mean.
MegaLagann  +   1054d ago
While this is how it should of been at launch, I will say thank you Nintendo, now let's get to announcing some release dates for games!
GraveLord  +   1054d ago
That's a big improvement but there is still room for improvement. Instant switching would be nice but you would need some GDDR5.
Jek_Porkins  +   1054d ago
GDDR5 is more for graphics, not as good for system applications.
DarkHeroZX  +   1054d ago
guess we'll know when the ps4 gets here
BitbyDeath  +   1054d ago
BSD is better for applications.

http://n4g.com/news/1217773...
lilbroRx  +   1054d ago
GDDR5 is actually slower than DDR3 for system based features.

Its sad the way people raise GGDR5 to such a godlike level like its some godly hardware when it isn't just because its in the PS4. GDDR5 has become the new Cell. The new god machine for them.
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Ck1x  +   1053d ago
That's exactly what it'll end up being this generation, the new CELL processor all over again! People don't even know what the technology will and won't improved but yet they exalt it to new heights never seen...
deafdani  +   1053d ago
BLAST PROCESSING!!!
Munnkyman  +   1054d ago
Damn I swear mine does t take that long. Maybe i just got used to it cant wait to see what else improves
WitWolfy  +   1054d ago
Gee wizz what a good feature... If I actually decide to use my Wii U again im sure that it would come in handy... IF...
1upgamer99  +   1053d ago
uh, you have a Wii U and don't even know "IF" you will use it again. IF you really have one pick up Monster Hunter, Lego City, NFS (if you have not played it on other systems the Wii U version is the best.)
WitWolfy  +   1052d ago
Well you try and juggle a PS3, Xbox360 and a Wii U at the same time.. Lets see how you do!

Too many good games to play on the competitions console to care about the WiiU now
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Mr_Writer85  +   1053d ago
Trailer for a firmware update? Yeah who needs games!
PopRocks359  +   1053d ago
It's not a trailer, it's a comparison video and it's barely a minute long.
Mr_Writer85  +   1053d ago
Is this update live yet?

No?

So it's a trailer.
o-Sunny-o  +   1053d ago
THANK GOD! Also I bought Nintendo Wii U for Nintendo games.
DwightOwen  +   1053d ago
Nice.

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