Nintendo’s Wii U has come under fire for a medley of reasons, mostly because of its lack of must-have software, but also partially for the console’s elongated load times and lack of Virtual Console titles. While the Big N plans on addressing the lack of software with new 3D Mario and Mario Kart titles later this year, the company has gone ahead and released a substantial update that will address some of the previously mentioned concerns.

The Spring Update, as it’s been officially branded by Nintendo, adds new features and faster load times to the Wii U, both of which will be welcomed with open arms upon the update’s download. The download itself will take about an hour to complete depending on the individual’s Internet connection, but the end result should leave gamers more than satisfied. Don’t believe me? Check out the entirety of the updates below:

  •  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.

Accompanying the updates will be the arrival of the much anticipated Virtual Console. Some popular NES and SNES games have been slowly making their debut on the system for a number of months as part of a very affordable promotion (which saw classic games like F-Zero and Kirby go on sale for 30 cents), and they’ll finally be joined by others. The initial launch lineup — which consists of Super Mario World and several other well known games — will be all that’s available, but those’ll eventually be joined by Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance titles.

Last, but certainly not least, Wii U owners will be given access to the Wii U Panorama View, which will essentially place console owners on virtual tours of various areas around the world. Whether it’s a tour of London on a double-decker bus or something else entirely, demos of each tour can be downloaded for free and full tours can become the property of adventurous couch potatoes for $2 apiece.

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tags: Nintendo, Wii U