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Wii U Spring System Update Available Within The Next 24 Hours

By Kevin on Apr 21 2013 11:23 PM
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It's virtually here, folks!
Brace yourself for the Wii U Spring System Update, coming later today!

During the recent Nintendo 3DS Direct presentation, globally broadcast last Wednesday, exclusive new details for the Wii U Spring System Update were revealed. Increased Wii U Operating System loading times, the ability to move data from one external USB storage device to another, and a standby function that allows digital content to be downloaded and installed even after the Wii U system is "turned off" are just a handful of the improvements that will be included in tomorrow's Wii U Spring System Update. For detailed information about the Wii U Spring System Update, be sure to check out the list we created.

In addition to these much-needed improvements, it was also announced that the Wii U Virtual Console service would become available "the day after the system update." According to Nintendo's Current Network Status web page, a period of "Extended Maintenance" is scheduled for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops on Monday, April 22nd. The extended maintenance is scheduled to last from 1PM PST through 7PM PST. Furthermore, the games listing on Nintendo of America's website shows that Excitebike is scheduled to be released for the Wii U Virtual Console on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Excitebike is just one of the many Wii U Virtual Console titles that were shown during last week's Nintendo 3DS Direct. A list of other known titles will be offered at some point "after the service launches." Keep in mind that some of the below titles are offered as part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign.

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NES
  • Balloon Fight *
  • Donkey Kong *
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby's Adventure *
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream *
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi *
  • Yoshi's Cookie
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SNES
  • EarthBound
  • F-Zero *
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid *
* titles offered via Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign

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Current Network Status (Nintendo)
Excitebike (Nintendo)


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Comments: 9

Hmm, seeing all these Kirby titles on the upcoming Wii U Virtual Console list has me wondering if I should just buy the games this way instead of picking up the Kirby 20th Anniversary Collection on Wii. That collection has two gameboy titles (Kirby's Dreamland and Dreamland 2), one of which I already have on 3DS VC.

I had no idea Kirby was in so many games!
Can't wait for the update!!
The VC games are nice but I am more excited for the speed of the hardware. Ever since I knew this update was coming I was getting a little more impatient with the amount of time it takes to end a game and return to the main menu.

These VC games are good choices but personally I would like Zelda: A Link to the Past on here ASAP. I have been holding off playing the game which I own through Wii VC since I thought this game would be perfect for the Gamepad. Also, now that we have the sequel coming this year it would be nice to finally complete the original.

aquizero, on 22 April 2013 - 06:39 AM, said:

The VC games are nice but I am more excited for the speed of the hardware. Ever since I knew this update was coming I was getting a little more impatient with the amount of time it takes to end a game and return to the main menu.

These VC games are good choices but personally I would like Zelda: A Link to the Past on here ASAP. I have been holding off playing the game which I own through Wii VC since I thought this game would be perfect for the Gamepad. Also, now that we have the sequel coming this year it would be nice to finally complete the original.


Agreed, I would like that to be added as well.

View Postaquizero, on 22 April 2013 - 06:39 AM, said:

These VC games are good choices but personally I would like Zelda: A Link to the Past on here ASAP. I have been holding off playing the game which I own through Wii VC since I thought this game would be perfect for the Gamepad. Also, now that we have the sequel coming this year it would be nice to finally complete the original.

If the only reason you're holding off is because you want the flexibility of being able to play on your Wii U GamePad, I'd say that's the wrong reason. At least for this game. Let's face it, the overall quality of Virtual Console games on the Wii U GamePad is terrible when compared to the Wii Virtual Console and 3DS Virtual Console. For some reason, Nintendo have killed the NES and SNES game's graphical roots by either applying some type of filtering or upscaling the native resolution (I'm thinking they went this route) of the game on the GamePad.

Play the game on the Wii Virtual Console since you already have it. We'll be waiting a while before The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comes out on Wii U Virtual Console, anyway. Plus, as a self-proclaimed Zelda fan, you're doing yourself a bit of injustice by not experiencing one of the best games in the Zelda franchise. That's not just my opinion though, it's a fact. Enjoy the game the way it's meant to be enjoyed.

View PostKevin, on 22 April 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:

Plus, as a self-proclaimed Zelda fan, you're doing yourself a bit of injustice by not experiencing one of the best games in the Zelda franchise. That's not just my opinion though, it's a fact. Enjoy the game the way it's meant to be enjoyed.

Well maybe after I finish playing The Last Story for Wii I will consider playing Zelda: A Link to the Past in Wii mode. I honestly think I would have more opportunity to play the game on the Gamepad though. The TV used to play games on Wii U/PS3 is shared. I have been taking over the TV to try and get through my game. It is not always an option though. So, it would be a heck of a lot easier for the game to be playable on the Gamepad as that is one of my favorite reasons to own a Wii U (off-tv play).

View Postaquizero, on 22 April 2013 - 12:05 PM, said:

So, it would be a heck of a lot easier for the game to be playable on the Gamepad as that is one of my favorite reasons to own a Wii U (off-tv play).

Understood completely and I'm fully aware that all VC games have the ability to be played solely from the Wii U GamePad. I guess my idea of a true, classic, rooted experience is different than yours. Either that, or you simply choose convenience over authentic gameplay experience. Whichever it is, everyone has their own preference. Put it this way, if I had pick between a SNES and a Wii U GamePad, I'd pick the former. I do like the convenience of playing classic games on the GamePad, though. I'm optimistic that Nintendo will eventually fix how Virtual Console games are displayed on the Wii U GamePad.

View PostKevin, on 22 April 2013 - 12:38 PM, said:

Understood completely and I'm fully aware that all VC games have the ability to be played solely from the Wii U GamePad. I guess my idea of a true, classic, rooted experience is different than yours. Either that, or you simply choose convenience over authentic gameplay experience. Whichever it is, everyone has their own preference. Put it this way, if I had pick between a SNES and a Wii U GamePad, I'd pick the former. I do like the convenience of playing classic games on the GamePad, though. I'm optimistic that Nintendo will eventually fix how Virtual Console games are displayed on the Wii U GamePad.

I have not played much of the VC games I got part of the 30 years of Famicom. Originally, as we debated on, I was not going to purchase the games because they are not games I am interested in. I then changed my mind and purchased them anyway based on price alone. I happened to play the Kirby title yesterday for about one hour. In that time I saw something on the gamepad that i did not like. On the left side of the screen there was a vertical white strip that seemed like a glitch at times. It is hard to explain, I should take a picture. Anyway, if that is the "quality" I am to be expecting from VC on Wii U than I would also agree with your preference and play the games on Wii VC.
Let's see what happens with this update.

According to the rumors circulating throughout the Interwebs, the system update won't be ready until later this week, even though Excitebike is listed as having an April 23rd release date. I'm not too sure about the credibility of the source reporting the rumor. The source is apparently credible but I'd rather keep my mouth shut.