Wii U firmware update allows for Wii classics viewed on Game Pad

Tuesday, 1st October 2013 03:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo has released a new firmware for the Wii U, which allows you to view your Wii Virtual Console titles on the Game Pad – although you’ll still need a WiiMote to play.

Other new features include the ability to receive recommended software and demos via SpotPass; support for USB keyboards; an option to disable your Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware; and Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound support for Wii titles.

A friend list icon has been added to the Wii U menu, and there have been several changes to system settings menus, Wii U chat and the Internet browser.

Finally, there have been various improvements to overall system stability and “other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience”.

Full patch notes are available from Nintendo.

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. pcbros

    “Which allows you to view your Wii Virtual Console titles on the Game Pad – although you’ll still need a WiiMote to play.”

    I wonder why we can’t play them on it…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Francis O


    I was thinking the same thing…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DeVitowned

    It is a step in that direction, guys. Can’t wait to play Xenoblade on it.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DrDamn

    Which update is this? Weren’t we meant to get two big updates this year? (Initially spring and summer). First with basic speed increases and the second much more substantial speed increases?

    Is that it for the year? I don’t see anything about the GUI being made super quick anywhere :/

    #4 1 year ago
  5. monkeygourmet


    I think that already happened in the summer. And it was hardly any difference IMO. I still don’t understand this update, if I put a wii game in, do I still need to run it through the Wii emulator? What about wii VC games?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. mistermogul

    @4 – that’s what I was thinking…

    @5 – I don’t remember getting any update to improve the UI over the summer. You sure about that?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    This one?

    Although I hope I’m wrong because it felt almost identical to me! It’s pretty jarring after going between the iPad / iphone / Vita and then the Wii U. Although it has made me realise that the 360 UI seems to be slowing down… It seems to take an age to boot up now (250gb slim). PS3 is the same slow poke it’s always been! :)

    #7 1 year ago
  8. mistermogul

    @7 – Ah yes but I think that was the Spring update. Back then Nintendo said there would be another performance related update in the summer, then delayed to October…?

    You are so right, it’s so noticeable when you move from your ipad etc to the Wii U. I just can’t understand why it takes so damn long!

    I suppose PS3 isn’t really that much better in some areas but at least you can load the settings up in under an hour! :)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. DrDamn

    Yeah there was initially a Spring and Summer update planned …

    We had the Spring one and the Summer one was delayed …

    So this is that and no speed increase. *sigh*. What exactly are they doing with the 1GB the system reserves for the OS? I though Spring was minor speed bump and Summer/Fall would be major. 360 and PS3 have the excuse of a 7/8 year old system with little memory reserved for the OS. WiiU launched into a market which already had iPads, smart phones and the PSV. Expectations are higher. Am disappoint. :/

    #9 1 year ago
  10. mistermogul

    @9 – Exactly +1

    #10 1 year ago

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