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Wii U Spring System Update (Version 3.0.0) Now Available

By Kevin on Apr 25 2013 04:35 PM
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Now you're playing with power!
The Wii U Spring System Update (Version 3.0.0) halves loading times, and more.

You've waited. You've waited some more. And, well, you've just plain waited while you and your Wii U have been in each other's inseparable company for the past five months. It's difficult to imagine just how much idle time has been wasted while your shiny new games have been loaded and exited out of. From its smooth curves to its sleek appearance, to the way it (the GamePad that is) feels cradled in your hands, you've become intimately familiar with every facet of the Wii U. And perhaps more than you'd rather at times.

Upon the Wii U's debut in North America last November 18th, Nintendo fans have been expressing their concern with regards to the inefficiency of the Wii U Operating System. Sure, it's easy to place blame on Nintendo and smother them with an impenetrable sheathing of criticism without supplying appropriate feedback. Some of us have done that, and it's simply not the right way to go about conducting our consumer-company business. The Wii U is a brand-new piece of hardware, powered by brand-new components and brand-new software. Patience wins here, not inadequate consumer feedback. My hat is off to Nintendo for constantly striving to make our Wii U experience better while they iron out the wrinkles. All things considered, a major system update within the Wii U's first five months of life isn't half bad. Heck, that's respectable for any console, isn't it?

Nintendo have been listening to you; all of you.

Today marks one of the most anticipated global Wii U system updates to grace our calendars:  Wii U Spring System Update Version 3.0.0. Each of the three major regions has received the update under the following version titles:
  • North America - Version 3.0.0 U
  • Europe - Version 3.0.0 E
  • Japan - Version 3.0.0 J
With it, comes a multitude of Operating System improvements and features. As previously reported, below is the list of key improvements that Nintendo have incorporated with this latest system update.

Wii U Spring System Update Version 3.0.0 Full Details

New Features:
  • A standby function to download and install software while the system is powered off
  • Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop will automatically install in the background once the download is complete
  • Holding down the B Button while the Wii U logo is displayed during startup will load the Wii Menu (*¹)
Changes to System Settings:
  • An option to transfer and/or copy between two USB storage devices in "Data Management"
  • The ability to select multiple software titles when transferring, copying, or deleting data in "Data Management"
  • The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV" (*²)
  • "Auto Power-Down" has been renamed "Power Settings"
  • Changes to Miiverse
  • Changes to Nintendo eShop
  • Changes to the Internet Browser
  • Changes to Download Management
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
*1 User selection may be necessary.
*2 A similar option has been removed from Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, and the Internet Browser.

Previous Wii U firmware updates we have reported on: Version 2.1.0 U, 2.1.3 U

Lastly, don't forget about the official launch of the Wii U Virtual Console service, which has been promised to be released "the day after the system update becomes available." You can check out all the latest known details in our previous article.



Source: Nintendo Support


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Comments: 6

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally! I have been losing sleep over this... VC tomorrow!!!!!!

View PostHylianHero, on 25 April 2013 - 10:07 PM, said:

Finally! I have been losing sleep over this... VC tomorrow!!!!!!
LOL .. that made me laugh.

I'll check this out later. But has anyone notice any improvements?

View PostVicki, on 26 April 2013 - 05:32 AM, said:


LOL .. that made me laugh.

I'll check this out later. But has anyone notice any improvements?

Yea i find it to be much faster, just like they promised!!

Vicki, on 26 April 2013 - 05:32 AM, said:

I'll check this out later. But has anyone notice any improvements?

Yes the system is faster for sure which is a win on its own. Also, having the screen size options moved from the Miiverse profile settings to the System Settings made my day more than the speed. This is because I have an older HDtv that does not have its own screen size option. So, all my Wii U games and apps were not perfectly scaled on my TV. Little bits of the corners were missing, which is enough to drive someone like me, crazy! Now, I have changed the screen size and I see everything the way it should have been and I am smiling! I love my Wii U to death. It is my favorite system not only because it is Nintendo but because I purchased it all on my own. No gift money or holiday help. I just saved and purchased it.

Ok enough of my jibber jabber. Man, I love this update! :)

aquizero, on 26 April 2013 - 09:08 AM, said:


Yes the system is faster for sure which is a win on its own. Also, having the screen size options moved from the Miiverse profile settings to the System Settings made my day more than the speed. This is because I have an older HDtv that does not have its own screen size option. So, all my Wii U games and apps were not perfectly scaled on my TV. Little bits of the corners were missing, which is enough to drive someone like me, crazy! Now, I have changed the screen size and I see everything the way it should have been and I am smiling! I love my Wii U to death. It is my favorite system not only because it is Nintendo but because I purchased it all on my own. No gift money or holiday help. I just saved and purchased it.

Ok enough of my jibber jabber. Man, I love this update! :)


All jibber jabber aside, I'm excited to download this when I get home.