The latest Wii U firmware update adds a new quick-start menu for the GamePad, in addition to other helpful features and performance tweaks. Now when you power on your GamePad it will show the most recently used games and apps in a simple menu, allowing you to start your most-used software without going through the console's boot-up and home menu first.
In addition, you can now stream and install updates when the console is in standby mode (the cute little power LED will glow orange instead of red when the console is pulling down updates), and game alerts and notifications can be displayed on the GamePad even when the console is in standby. Supposedly setting up a new Nintendo Network profile is easier as well, which is something owners have been wanting for a while.
I'm glad Nintendo is finally streamlining a lot of this stuff and really tapping the potential of the GamePad as a remote for the console. If they can get the OS running even faster then I think they'll make the console a lot more attractive. It's certainly more lively than the sleepy lump of black plastic I brought home back in November 2012.
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A new system update is now available for Nintendo??s Wii U home console, introducing changes that enhance the user experience. The most notable change is the addition of a Quick Start Menu for the Wii U GamePad controller. After the update has been downloaded, users starting Wii U with the GamePad controller can view the Quick Start Menu, which displays the icons of the 10 most-used games and applications as the system starts up. Users can then select the game or software they want to launch and it will load simultaneously during the Wii U start-up sequence.
After the update has been downloaded, users starting Wii U with the GamePad controller can view the Quick Start Menu. (Photo: Business Wire)
Some additional changes include:
For more information about the system update, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/system-update.