Wii U’s latest system update promises the usual increased performance and system stability. Theoretically this means faster menu loadtimes and fewer random crashes. Since downloading the update, I’ve noticed that my system doesn’t take as long to move from built-in applications like Miiverse and the eShop to the Wii U main menu and vice-versa – load times have been cut at least in half generally speaking. Others report that they haven’t seen consistently better loading times.
Of course, there’s also the fact that it’s the middle of the night for most Wii U owners to consider. It could simply be that these online-based features can work better without serious server stress to consider. And it’s worth mentioning that games will still take just as long to load. We’ll test things out during daylight hours tomorrow just to make sure.
Read on for an official statement about the update from Nintendo.
Important Information From Nintendo:
A new system update is available now for your Wii U. Please read the following important information on updating your system.
If this is the first time you are updating your system:
The update can take up to an hour to download. The new system update may take an extended amount of time to download. Depending on the speed of the Internet connection used, it could take an hour or more to download and install. Please be patient.
During the update, the progress bar displayed on the Wii U GamePad may take a while to start moving. This is normal.
Do not unplug your system while the update is downloading or installing. If the system update is interrupted by unplugging the system, you may damage the system.
If you have downloaded the previous system update (before December 4) and are now downloading the latest update:
If your system is connected to the Internet, it will automatically download the system update in the background, which allows you to use your system while the update is downloading. You can check the status of the new download through the Download Manager screen. (How To)
The update can take up to an hour to download. The new system update may take an extended amount of time to download, even if you have already performed the previous update.
If the download is happening in the background, it is okay to power off the system using the power buttons of the system or the GamePad. The update will resume when the system is powered back on.
Do not unplug the system while the update is downloading or installing. If the system update is interrupted by unplugging the system, you may damage the system.