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Wii U system update released, adds quick start menu

New GamePad alerts functionality also enabled

Nintendo has begun rolling out Wii U system update 5.0.0.

Available now in the Americas but seemingly not yet in Europe, its flagship feature is the addition of a new quick start menu.


In response to frustration expressed by console owners over the operating system's sluggishness, Nintendo said earlier this year that a number of Wii U system updates were in the works to remedy loading times.

The quick start option enables users to fast load titles from a new menu of recently played game icons on the Gamepad screen. Users can tap the game they wish to play, then select the Mii representing their Nintendo account, before the system launches directly into the title, bypassing the main home menu.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said earlier this year: "We think that this function will make you feel that the time to start up a Wii U software title is cut by more than 50 per cent, and that it will also lead to more Wii U users understanding the appealing nature of the GamePad."

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Wii U system update 5.0.0

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. 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
  • 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. 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

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