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Wii U’s Latest Patch Reduces Loading Times

The latest Wii U patch has done well in reducing game loading times, as well as making the UI more fluid and responsive.

Previously Nintendo’s Wii U console had horrendous loading times. Menus could sometimes take more than 20 seconds to fully load, while games would take even longer. Thankfully that period of frustration has now ended for Wii U owners.

“Wii U continues to grow and evolve with new features that make it a better experience for everyone,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. “Now owners can navigate to their favorite games and services even faster, or play some of their favorite classic games.”

Nintendo also added some additional features in this latest update:

  • By holding B during the Wii U boot-up process, gamers can launch directly into the Wii Menu.
  • The Wii U can now install eShop games in the background while other applications and software are in use.
  • If you power down the Wii U while it is downloading something, it will go into standby mode. It will then fully power off after the installation is complete.
  • You can now move data between two separate external USB storage devices.
  • The user-selection menu at startup now lists player IDs along with the Mii characters.
  • System Settings now has a TV screen-size option to help with overscanning.
  • Miiverse’s drawing mode now also has an undo/redo option.

The latest patch also paves way for the upcoming release of the Virtual Console on Wii U; of which a release date has only been said to be ‘soon’.