Set aside an hour for Wii U firmware 3.0

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The time has come for a Wii U firmware update. We’ve been waiting a long time, but it is here. Nintendo’s promise came through. It said we’d see system update 3.0.0 U in April 2013, and here it is on April 25, 2013. Trust me when I say you’re going to want this update.

Make sure you have an hour set aside though, as this Wii U firmware update is a doozy. Nintendo says it will take an hour to download. I’m about 20 minutes in and the progress bar seems near the halfway point, so I tend to agree with them. I’d recommend plugging in your Gamepad so it won’t lose power during the operation and being nearby in case it’s needed. When you’re ready to go for it, turn on your Wii U. If it doesn’t automatically prompt you to get the update, go to System Settings, find System Update and tap Update.

While you wait, try to chill and not let the excitement get to you. You don’t want to be let down, even though this is an update to look forward to seeing in action. The reason this Wii U firmware has been so anticipated, is that it fixes a lot of things that were wrong with the system, even after its massive day one firmware release. The biggest change is greatly reduced loading times as the system starts up or various programs are started or shut down. There are also supposed to be fewer system crashes.

Of course, those aren’t the only changes. There are new data management options for switching items between USB storage devices, you can adjust the screen size, and the eShop, Miiverse and browser have all been made better. There are also background downloads, which start the second you buy something from the eShop, and the ability to have items download and install when the Wii U isn’t even turned on.

The Wii aspects have been changed as well. You can immediately boot the Wii U to the Wii if you hold B when the system is starting. I’m also hoping the general bug and crash fixes include getting rid of an error that sometimes made the system freeze when switching between the Wii U and Wii interfaces. I’ve had that happen to me a few times.

Between this and the free Rayman Legends Challenge App in the latest eShop update, I’d say those of us with Wii Us are having a pretty good day!

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  • tylor

    If by hour you mean 15 minuets, and then another 5 to install… I watched tv

    • Jenni Lada

      It must have been a difference in time? It ended up taking me about 40 minutes, and I downloaded/installed the moment it was available. Maybe there weren’t as many people going for it when you did, making it faster? 😀

      Did you get the Rayman Challenge Levels App? That took me around 10 min. I was really surprised.