Wii U Spring System Update now live

The highly anticipated Wii U Spring System update is now live, with the Virtual Console set to go live tomorrow.

The first major hardware update is live for Wii U. The update aims to fix loading times and support automatic downloads, as well as add the highly anticipated Virtual Console to Wii U.

Expect a full Expansive review of the hardware changes over the next few days.

Here’s a full breakdown below…

Addition of Standby Functions Feature
This feature enables data for purchased software, system updates and software updates to be downloaded and installed automatically even after the console has been turned off.
 
Updates to Miiverse
Controls using the Wii Remote, the Wii U Pro Controller, and the Classic Controller are now supported.
The input screen for handwritten posts is now also displayed on the TV.
The input screen for handwritten posts now features an undo/redo button.
 
Updates to the Internet Browser
Controls using the Wii Remote and the Wii U Pro Controller are now supported.
It is now possible to switch search engines when performing a keyword search.
It is now possible to navigate to the start page from bookmarks.
 
Update to Nintendo eShop
When purchasing downloadable software, any available updates for that software will be downloaded at the same time.
 
Updates to Download Management
It is now possible to reorder downloads.
Newly purchased downloadable software will automatically install once the download completes.
 
Updates to Parental Controls
The “Viewing Distributed Videos” restriction has been changed to “Entertainment Excluding Games”. A screen requiring parental consent will be displayed before the first use of any non-game software (including video-viewing software) or other new service.
 
Enabled Direct Opening of Wii Menu
When the Wii U logo is displayed after turning on the console, holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad will open the Wii Menu directly. (If no default user has been selected on the console, the user-selection screen will be displayed, and a user must be selected.)
 
Updates to System Settings
Under Data Management, two USB storage devices can now be connected to move and/or copy data. You can move and/or copy data between the system memory and a USB storage device or between two USB storage devices. (Up to two USB storage devices can be connected when moving, copying or deleting data. In all other cases, only one USB storage device can be used at a time.)
Under Data Management, you can now move, copy or delete data for a selection of software titles.
The TV option now includes the option to adjust the screen size of the display on the TV. (This replaces the similar options previously available within Miiverse, Nintendo eShop, and the Internet Browser, which have now been removed.)
The “Auto Power-Down” option has been renamed to “Power Settings”, which now includes both the auto power-down setting and the new standby functions feature.
 
Improvements to System Stability and Convenience
Improvements have been made to system stability and convenience for greater user enjoyment.
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.

Do any of these changes influence you to buy a Wii U?

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Ray Willmott

Ray is the founder and editor of Expansive. He is also a former Community Manager for Steel Media, and has written for a variety of gaming websites over the years. His work can be seen on Pocket Gamer, PG.biz, Gfinity, and the Red Bull Gaming Column. He has also written for VG247, Videogamer, GamesTM, PLAY, and MyM Magazine,