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Nintendo has released a massive update for the Wii U console that should address some performance issues, as well as lay the frame work for the addition of the Wii U Virtual Console, and the Wii U Panorama View features. The main focus of the update is to increase the loading speeds of the system, mainly in the areas of boot up and switching between applications. This should be music to the ears of Wii U owner across the globe, because one of the biggest downsides to the Wii U, outside of having no solid games to play, is the fact that it’s extremely slow when it comes to administration.

The update will also prepare the Wii U for the new Wii U Virtual Console, as well as the Panorama View app. Nintendo has released a trailer showing off the Virtual Console release lineup, which is pretty weak in my opinion. There will only be a handful of NES and SNES games to play when the app goes live, and most of them have been available to buy many times over. The one upside to purchasing these games for the Wii U is the fact that they’re built to work on the Gamepad, so they can be played on both your TV and the handheld-like controller.

Wii U Panorama View will be a free to download app that will allow you to virtually travel to destinations around the world via your Gamepad. The app will allow you to use the controller in a 360 degree manner to take a digital tour of various exotic locales. Unfortunately, this app will require $2 dollar purchase for each location you want to tour.

Please head on down past the break to read up on all of the features that the Wii U console update will bring to your gaming den. Personally, I don’t think it’s enough to dig this console out of its already early grave. Nintendo just can’t seem to recapture the magic they once had. Maybe it’s time to get out of the hardware business and stick to software development for the long standing Japanese company. You’ve been thinking you wasted money on the Wii U…

Wii U System Update Fixes

  • The time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, exit software and return to the main menu, jump between applications, and jump between software and Miiverse has been reduced.
  • While the Wii U logo is being displayed during the system startup, users can directly transition to the Wii Menu by holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad.
  • Users can install games and applications from the Nintendo eShop in the background while other software is being used.
  • When powering off during a download, Wii U will go into a standby mode, then power off when all downloads and installations are complete.
  • Users can transfer and copy data between two USB storage devices in Data Management. This allows users the opportunity to upgrade or replace a current USB storage device that is connected to the Wii U Console.
  • Users can control the priority of their downloads when downloading multiple items at once.
  • Improved account selection when powering on the system now displays Nintendo Network IDs to clearly distinguish accounts.
  • TV screen size output can now be adjusted in the System Settings.
  • An Undo/Redo button was added to the Miiverse drawing input screen.

Virtual Console Release

“A library of quality classic games is planned for the Virtual Console on Wii U, with favorites such as Balloon FightDonkey KongDonkey Kong Jr.,ExcitebikeF-ZeroIce ClimberKirby’s AdventureKirby Super StarMario Bros.Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. DreamSuper Mario Bros. 2Super Mario WorldSuper Metroid and Yoshi on the way soon. Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games are scheduled to be added in the future.”

NES games will retail for $4.99-$5.99 and SNES games will go for $7.99 -$8.99. Rip off anyone?

Wii U Panorama App Details

“Wii U Panorama View opens a window to the sights and sounds of some of the world’s most exotic destinations. Wii U owners use the GamePad controller to look in every direction to control an immersive 360-degree video guided tour as these destinations come to life from the comfort of your living room. Imagine catching all the sights during a tour of London on a double-decker bus or exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. Wii U Panorama View will be available as a free downloadable demo from the Nintendo eShop and includes a sample of different experiences the application has to offer. The full versions of each individual video tour can be purchased for $2 each.”

 

Wii U Virtual Console Game Lineup Sizzle Reel Trailer [HD]

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