Wii U system update 5.0.0 U now available, adds Quick Start Menu


In the wake of E3 2014 approaching, Nintendo have made their latest Wii U system update available.

A nicely rounded Version 5.0.0 U, this introduces the new Quick Start Menu that will let you dive into Mario Kart 8 far faster, audio ringtones for notifications, and the option for system updates to install even whilst the Wii U is in Standby mode.

The full list of details, provided by Nintendo of America, are as follows:

Version 5.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

New Features:
– A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
– Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu (*1)
– Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
– Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
– GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu (*2)

Changes to Standby Functions:
– System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby

Changes to the Wii U Menu:
– The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
– The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
– This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen

Changes to System Settings:
– Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
– Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options

Changes to the HOME Menu
– A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu

Improvements to system stability and usability:
– Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

(*1) The Quick Start Menu is only displayed when the Wii U GamePad POWER or HOME Buttons are pressed. Other controllers, such as the Wii Remote Plus and Wii U Pro Controller, will continue to power on the Wii U
(*2) Wii U GamePad Alerts are different from the notifications received via the Wii U Notifications feature. Wii U GamePad Alerts settings can be changed via Power Settings located in System Settings.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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