Version 5.1.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:
Wii U to Wii U System Transfer
Users can now transfer (move) all software and data from one Wii U to another
A “System Transfer” option has been added within System Settings
Click here for additional information on this feature
Changes to Nintendo eShop:
Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller
Improvements to system stability and usability:
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
It is the oldest cliche in the great book of video game cliches: never underestimate Nintendo.
The industry veteran is a master of comebacks and agenda-setting lateral business moves; it practically invented handheld gaming as a viable global entertainment platform; it watched its 95% console market share eaten away by the Mega Drive, and then pummelled its upstart competition with a hundred classic SNES games.
Then it fell behind Sony and Microsoft in the tech arms race, so it built the Wii out of old bits and pieces it found in Radio Shack and sold a 100m units.
As for the Wii U? It's been a sorry tale so far. A bungled announcement, an inability to explain what the GamePad is for, a lack of games, the dwindling support of the major third-party game publishers. It all looked pretty grim for a while.
But in a survey published by IHS Technology and Gamer Network this week, consumers showed a 50% increase in "purchasing intent" for the Wii U, after a wonderful showing at the E3 games event in Los Angeles.
Big, bright family games like Yoshi's Woolly World, Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker, Super Smash Bros and Mario Maker promised fun in abundance; a world away from the grittily bombastic, grim-faced action adventures duking it out in however-many-frames-per-second on PS4 and Xbox One.
And then there's Mario Kart 8, easily a game of the year contender with half the year to go. It is a sublime and inventive addition to a much-loved series, combining all the traits we have come to expect from top line Nintendo-developed titles: accessibility, variety and depth.
Kids can play against each other, parents can play against kids, adults can play against each other, and everyone has a chance – and yet skilled driving is always rewarded. It will be a key feature of many lazy days during the coming school holidays (note: families can still go outside while not enjoying video games – it's okay to have both).
The key thing is that there's not much coming from the other "next-gen" consoles to counter Mario Kart 8 this summer. There will be a few interesting digital-only releases, but the mainstream schedule is, as usual, a wasteland until September.
This gives Nintendo several weeks to really push the Wii U, centred on Mario Kart 8, but also reminding people about a back catalogue that, while hardly an embarrassment of riches, is certainly not an actual embarrassment. Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101 and Lego City Undercover are all there to be discovered.
Nintendo is even trying to improve the Wii U's online functionality. A new update allows players to finally transfer data and accounts from one machine to another, and to navigate more easily to the eShop digital store.
And there are hints that the company may finally be making games that genuinely explore the capabilities of the GamePad, the Wii U's "second screen" controller that promised a future of asymmetrical multiplayer experiences, but then delivered... a gigantic Fisher Price tablet that pretty much acted as a glorified mini-map for most titles.
At E3, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto showed off a couple of interesting experimental concepts – Project Giant Robot and Project Guard – that use the device in interesting ways. And the team-based shooter Splatoon has promise.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have some amazing titles lined up for later in the year, and even more in 2015. Let's not get silly here: Wii U is not going to trouble them for some time – if ever. But it can safe itself from the nosedive.
And right now, you can get Wii U and Mario Kart 8 in a bundle for £240 and that's probably the most fun you're going to have with a games machine this summer (while you're not outside at the beach or cycling or, you know, hand-gliding off the Malvern hills or whatever).
Nintendo needs to move fast – with its marketing, with its special offers, with whatever it has. Fun and light have always been the dual currencies of the Nintendo empire, and we need both right now.
5. Nano Assault Neo Developed by Shin’en
There’s no surprise for most first-day Wii U owners that Shin’en is a force to be reckoned with it. These guys make some incredible looking games. Nano Assault Neo is one of the best-looking games on the Wii U eShop; it’s seriously a game that every Wii U owner with the twin stick shoot em’ up itch should check out. Besides the amazing graphics, the game’s controls are super precise and the firing and explosions feel very satisfying. In addition, the game supports off-TV play, allowing co-operative local multiplayer for two people to play each level simultaneously, with one player using the Wii U GamePad and the other using a Wii U pro controller, Wii-mote, or classic controller, on the TV. Unfortunately the game released along the Wii U launch back in 2012, and has since been a forgotten gem. You can find the game via the Wii U eshop for $7.99
4. The Wonderful 101 Developed by Platinum Games
When I heard that the folks over at Platinum were making a Wii U exclusive, I knew that whatever the game they released, it would be something special. The game turned out to be one of the best games that the Wii U has to offer. The easiest way to describe The Wonderful 101 is Viewtiful Joe meets God of War.
Unfortunately this is another game that released during the Wii U’s unpopular days and while not the least known game in the bunch, it’s certainly one that gets overlooked by many. You can pick up the game via Amazon.
3. Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut Developed by Square Enix
Don’t be mistaken by the fact that the game released on other consoles a few years before it hit the Wii U. The Wii U version of the game is said to be the best version of them all for a few reasons; the game has been patched, tweaked and even enhanced graphically. In addition, the game takes full advantage of the Wii U’s GamePad, adding unique features to the game, such as hacking and inventory. This is a fantastic action/stealth game that takes full advantage of the Wii U and shouldn’t be overlooked. The game is available via Amazon. It’s been under $20 for a few days now.
2. LEGO City: Under Cover Developed by TT Fusion
LEGO: City Undercover is nothing like other LEGO games, this game has been called the Grand Theft Auto of LEGO games, the game caters to every gamer of any age, giving players all the hard-core, open-world adventures found in the Grand Theft Auto games without the overtone and violence. And let’s not forget that the game uses the GamePad seamlessly, making it the complete game that could only be found on the Wii U. So why is it always on the “overlooked” or “underrated” stack? While LEGO video games are mostly always good ones, having an exclusive LEGO game on the Wii U when the system was less popular, may have had something to do with its lack of popularity. Today the game has become somewhat of a rarity. The game is available via Amazon. The game has kept it’s value, if you can find it for under $35-40, jump on it.
1. Zombi U developed by Ubisoft
I might come off as biased with this particular pick, so please bear with me. I love the survival-horror genre and I personally think that Zombi U is one of the top 3-survival horrors games of all time. Zombi U was a huge unexpected release. Who would’ve imagined that a game as creepy and bloody as Zombi U would be a Nintendo exclusive at launch? Unfortunately, the game was as successful as the Wii U was during launch; it sold well, but nothing to brag home about – mostly due to the Wii U’s early dismissal. But, here’s the thing — Zombi U is something special. If you happen to be a fan of the survival-horror genre you would agree. This game really digs deep and makes you jump, scream, and go through some serious anxiety that I could only explain as “almost reality”.
The GamePad is a big help to this gaming experience; it’s the best use of the GamePad that I’ve seen on the Wii U. And have I mentioned its multiplayer mode? The game has a local multiplayer mode that is done right. The reason this game is number one on our list is because Nintendo finally got their shite together. Excuse my French, but it’s true. The company is doing a phenomenal job releasing or previewing their first party titles out now or soon to be released, so it’s putting games like Zombi U and the other’s on this list into a forgotten list. If you own a Wii U for only first party Nintendo games, you are missing out on what is possibly the best experience on the Wii U. Forget the Ubisoft BS, this game is the real deal. The game is available via Amazon for under $20.
According to the official Nintendo Japan website, Link will face off against a new "formidable enemy" in the upcoming Zelda U. While there are no details on the new enemy, this does at least confirm that we will experience a new threat and a new mystery. The direct quote is as follows:
This software is a Wii U Edition new legend of Zelda series. Faced with mysteries in the world of Zelda spread indefinitely without boundaries, a new link, a new nemesis.
This is the first bit of news about the story that we have heard since the reveal at E3. It isn't much to go on, but it opens the game up for a lot more discussion on the story, timeline placement, and so on. Does this mean that Ganon will not be part of the story? Maybe we will see a Twilight Princess twist as we did with Zant. The point of the world being "spread indefinitely without boundaries" is also very intriguing. From our E3 coverage of Zelda U, we know Aonuma stated that the team was getting rid of boundaries, but just how far is "indefinitely"? Honestly, at this point, it's all just speculation as to what this news means for the series, but that's the fun of not knowing, right?
What do you think? Are you excited for a new villain? Do you think any villains from past titles will make a return? Let us know in the comments section down below.