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Wii U System Update Released; Yes, in 2021

by Matthew Zawodniak - March 1, 2021, 7:28 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo Customer Support

The Wii U is approaching maximum stability.

After two and a half years, the Wii U has received a system update.

We're only two days away from its successor's fourth anniversary, but Nintendo seems to still remember the Wii U enough to make small changes after all these years. A new firmware update was quietly released today, bringing the system up to version 5.5.5 (skipping 5.5.4 for unknown reasons). Unsurprisingly, the update's official patch notes merely say that "improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience."

It's not clear why Nintendo chose to push out an update to the Wii U now, but the patch comes only four weeks before the day of reckoning where several of their limited-edition games will be delisted from the Switch eShop. Alongside the removal of these titles, the online features for the Wii U version of Super Mario Maker will be reduced on the same day, permanently disabling the ability for players to upload new levels to the game's online collection.

Talkback

Spak-SpangMarch 02, 2021

Honestly this is cool Nintendo keeps updating...but I kinda hoping one day Nintendo will update the Switch to allow the Wii U controller to be a Switch Stream So you can leave it docked.  That would be cool.

BlackNMild2k1March 02, 2021

Quote from: Spak-Spang

Honestly this is cool Nintendo keeps updating...but I kinda hoping one day Nintendo will update the Switch to allow the Wii U controller to be a Switch Stream So you can leave it docked.  That would be cool.

That's a neat idea. is the WiiU controller hardware compatible?

WoodyMarch 02, 2021

I’m seeing a lot of Wii U on eBay with a hard drive and 60 top games. Most of which Nintendo are trying to sell on switch.

Spak-SpangMarch 02, 2021

Woody:  A fully Stocked Virtual Console Harddrive Wii U would be a total steal if the price was right. 

WoodyMarch 02, 2021

They are about £180 or about $200. One I saw had a home brew app installed.

Discord.RSSMarch 02, 2021

A new firmware update was quietly released today, bringing the system up to version 5.5.5 (skipping 5.5.4 for unknown reasons).

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterMarch 02, 2021

Quote from: Woody

They are about £180 or about $200. One I saw had a home brew app installed.

The Wii U is a really good emulation beast. PS1 and N64 games are a bit questionable but it can natively run Gamecube games which is really nice.

MASBMarch 03, 2021

Quote from: Spak-Spang

Honestly this is cool Nintendo keeps updating...but I kinda hoping one day Nintendo will update the Switch to allow the Wii U controller to be a Switch Stream So you can leave it docked.  That would be cool.

That would be fantastic. But it seems like Nintendo wants to think about the Wii U as little as possible except to mine its catalog for future Switch titles.

I made a joke elsewhere that this firmware update makes the Wii U so stable the Wii U Gamepad can be used in place of the Balance Board to play Wii Fit U. :P

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