Wii U Firmware 3.0 Update Now Live – Go Get Downloading

by Daniel VuckovicApril 26, 2013

Nintendo’s long awaited ‘Spring’ update to the Wii U has now rolled out across the world. The update’s primary improvement is the time it takes to return to the Wii U menu after leaving a game or app. It has has been significantly improved as demonstrated by Nintendo a couple of weeks back.

However there has snuck in a couple more nice new features into this update as well including the ability to move downloaded content between different hard drives, the ability for the Wii U to automatically download software updates without needing prompting from a user, and the ability to install these updates seamlessly even while you are playing a game on the system. Games and other data can also be downloaded and installed while the system is in standby, similar to the 3DS.

You can now boot straight to Wii mode by holding down the B button on the GamePad when the system launches.

The most exciting part though is that ‘the day after’ the update Nintendo has said the Wii U Virtual Console will go live. We’ll let you know when that is exactly.

Wii U System Update Details

Version 3.0.0 U
Released: April 25, 2013

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
  • The Wii U will continue downloading and installing software even if the system is turned off.
  • Disc drive no longer spins when playing downloaded games/applications.

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”

*1 User selection may be necessary.
*2 A similar option has been removed from Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, and the Internet Browser

Changes to Miiverse:

  • Added support for the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller
  • Handwritten posts will now also display on the TV screen during creation
  • “Undo” and “Redo” buttons are now available when creating a handwritten post
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Nintendo eShop:

  • Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to the Internet Browser:

  • Added support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller
  • Added the option to change search engines when performing a keyword search
  • Added the option to return to the start page from the bookmark menu
  • Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings

Changes to Download Management:

  • Added the option to change the priority of downloads

Random Bits

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.
  • The Wii U Virtual Console will be added the day after the update.

List of updates via serplux from NeoGAF


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  • OzHuski
    April 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Im happy to see the HDD transfer option available now. My first HDD I added to my Wii U was very unstable and continually disconnected from the console and appeared to just work extremely slow.

    Has anyone installed a HDD though and then swapped? I went from a 500gig to a 2TB and my Wii U says I only have about 600gig available? Maybe this update will change that.

  • Zombie_X
    April 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The Wii U can only recognize 1TB of external storage, so that extra 1TB won’t ever be used. I don’t know why it says you only have 600GB though.

  • TanukiTrooper
    April 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    That’s odd… it recognises my 2TB no problem…

  • Luke
    April 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Finished downloading update. I then receive a message that the update will be installed after powering down the console. Turn Wii U off. Turn it back on. Console bricked. Well done Nintendo, you just made my console useless.

  • TanukiTrooper
    April 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I just double checked because of your comment Zombie_X. It does recognise mine.

    USB Storage Device 1
    Free Space 1748 GB

    Maybe it depends on the hard drive your using… Who knows.

  • OzHuski
    April 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Nintendo themselves have said themselves the Wii U supports 2TB hard drives. Even if it didn’t, that wouldn’t explain the strange 600gig limit rather than a 1TB.

  • tag12895
    April 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Anybody know how big the update is to download. My internet is crap and data plan for tethering is small.

  • Jabjabs
    April 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    From what I have heard it is 350MB. So smaller than the initial update for the system but still fairly hefty.

  • indevelopment
    April 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    wow, it’s all nimble and slick and such a massive difference 🙂

  • OzHuski
    April 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Okay so the hard drive issue remains :-/ Im going to have to format it when I get a new HDD to transfer everything off and see if that returns it to a 2TB limit.

    Putting that aside, wow! Closing software hasn’t been that much faster but MH3U loaded in half the time. I cant wait to see if its impacted the speed of loading Lego City.

  • Nine
    April 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    umm you were supposed to just touch the ok button on the gamepads screen and it would have restarted and installed on its on…..

  • Ray
    April 28, 2013 at 2:00 am

    it is 703mb in aus at least

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