Nintendo has just released a new system update for the Wii U. The console?s software version is now up to 5.0.0 and the promised quick start menu option has been added to make players get to their games a little faster.
The Quick Start Menu option gives Wii U owners the ability to access recently played or newly installed software if they power on the device using the GamePad?s home or power button. Using the Wii Remote Plus or the Wii U Pro Controller for powering up the device will boot the system normally.
Aside from the Quick Start Menu, there are also special notifications from Nintendo via Wii U GamePad Alerts that can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U device is powered down. An audio ringtone will notify users whenever there is a new GamePad alert displayed. A log of GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu.
There are also changes to the Standby function as the system updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is on Standby.
The Wii U Menu also sees some updates. The User Settings screen now displays when users select their Mii from the Wii U Menu and the layout and design for it have also been updated.
The Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings and the Wii U GamePad Alert options will be in the Quick Start Menu options as well.
Notifications can now be launched from the Home Menu and a notification icon will be shown there.
Although details weren?t specified, the update also includes further improvements to the overall system stability as well as other minor adjustments in order to enhance user experience.
This update is a part of Nintendo?s overall plan to enhance gameplay experience when using the GamePad and also to promote the Wii U?s capability of playing games without the need for a TV.
A word of warning from Nintendo for users with unauthorized technical modifications: ?After the Wii U system is updated, any existing or future unauthorized technical modification of the hardware or software of your Wii U system, or the use of an unauthorized device in connection with your system, may render the system permanently unplayable. Content deriving from the unauthorized modification of the hardware or software of your Wii U system may be removed. Failure to accept the update may render games unplayable.?
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