Wii U Spring Update Available Now

The much anticipated Spring Update for Wii U is now ready for you to download. It’s a great update to the system software, speeding things up a bit and adding a few new features. It is a little hefty though, and servers are bound to be busy today so give yourself an extra hour to grab it before you plan on playing.

You’ll need to tap on your System Settings icon (the big spanner) and then hit the little icon second in from the right to find the System Update option, it looks like a Wii U with an arrow pointing at it. The update is around 673Mb in size, apparently.

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Here’s what it does:

Changes to Miiverse:

  • Added support for the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller
  • Handwritten posts will now also display on the TV screen during creation
  • “Undo” and “Redo” buttons are now available when creating a handwritten post
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Nintendo eShop:

  • Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to the Internet Browser:

  • Added support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller
  • Added the option to change search engines when performing a keyword search
  • Added the option to return to the start page from the bookmark menu
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Download Management:

  • Added the option to change the priority of downloads

One of the most welcome features in there must be the fact that software downloaded from the eShop will now be the very latest version available, so there’ll be no patching immediately after download. It also seems that the disparate and sporadic options to adjust the screen size have been removed from individual apps and added to the system settings, which makes so much more sense.

Let us know in the comments if you find any hidden features added with this patch.

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5 Comments

  1. “Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation” Well I know a certain platform, which really could benefit from something similar :)

    But other then that, great to see Nintendo are still improving and with the decent amount of great titles coming from Wii U this year, I might have to pick one up when some of the biggest titles has been released and the price has dropped a bit ;)

    • Is this a problem the 3DS suffers from? I’ve only downloaded Super Mario 3D Land and Fire Emblem from the store and haven’t received any update promts, yet. Either it downloaded the newest version or there are no updates available. WOuld be nice to know, though!

      • Can’t say, when I owned a 3DS there really wasn’t any updates for my eshop titles.

        I was thinking for PS3 / Vita, where you often download v1.0 and then have to download 18 patches, when you start the game.

      • 3DS titles rarely see updates from what I’ve seen. The only one I recall seeing is Mario kart, which fixed a few shortcuts people were taking, and that was a downloadable item on the eShop.

  2. Some nice changes to the feature set, but it has annoyed me for two reasons (1) it decided to come live when I wanted to play Monster Hunter and then took an hour to download (2) the operating system doesn’t seem to be any faster (at least to my eyes).

    I know they’re due to release further patches as we move through this year but I thought the speed of the operating system was a key change? I actually don’t know why this is a bigger deal to me now, as I’ve never had too much of a problem with the system and its speed up to now – perhaps just the promise of quicker transitions that seemingly haven’t materialised has got to me!

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