Despite the new home console being available to consumers now, Nintendo has released a new Nintendo Wii U update today, after more than a year of no updates for the “failed” home console. Even though Nintendo Switch launched in March this year, Nintendo hadn’t released a Wii U update since January 2016 so this new update is surprising and welcome on their part.
However, sadly the new Nintendo Wii U update doesn’t really contain anything major in it. The Wii U update 5.5.2 is however mandatory to access the eShop similar to how PS4 updates are required to go online on the console. According to the patch notes released by Nintendo, the Wii U update 5.5.2 contains improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
It would be safe to assume that this update and any subsequent ones are basically patches to fix some new security exploits in the system especially when it concerns online usage on the machine. The handheld Nintendo 3DS has been getting similar updates with the same wording after more and more hacks pop up for the device.
Nintendo Wii U production officially ceased worldwide a few months ago so it is nice to see Nintendo hasn’t completely forgotten the console owners, even if they are few in numbers, and might continue to release periodic quality of life updates for those users.
Where the company failed with Wii U, it seems like they are making up for it with Nintendo Switch and its game library which looks better day by thanks to not only 3rd party support but also Nintendo creating Wii U ports for Nintendo Switch. At above $300, the console might be a bit on the expensive side especially with the current small game library and hardware specs, but it looks like it might do well in the long run.