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.

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jacksheen00001307d ago

Nice! Now make some feckin games Nintendo.

Jek_Porkins1307d ago

Did you try Lego City? That game is all kinds of fun.

jacksheen00001307d 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.

zwicks1307d 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.

1upgamer991306d 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.

admiralvic1307d ago

Who needs Nintendo when Monster Hunter can kill hundreds of hours without trying.

VINNIEPAZ1307d 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

morpha1307d 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)

Shnazzyone1307d 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.

3-4-51307d ago

they are....a lot of good games are 30-70% done...just wait a bit.

gamer421307d ago

That's really a huge improvement to what we have now.

guitarded771307d 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.

PopRocks3591307d 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.

guitarded771306d 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.

deafdani1306d 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.

Lazyeye791307d ago

It may be a big improvement, but it is still incredibly slow.

deafdani1306d 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).

jcnba281307d ago

I never realized it took this long but this is a huge improvement.

jaymart2k1307d ago

15 sec improvement from game to dashboard. Wish the video showed the rest of the OS.

morpha1307d 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.

Zhipp1307d ago

I'm kinda hoping for the Summer update to untangle your account with your Wii U, if you know what I mean.

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