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System Software

Version 5.5.2 U/E/J (17 July 2017)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.5.1 U/E/J (11 January 2016)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.5.0 U/E/J (18 August 2015)

  • Changes to the Wii U Menu and HOME Menu:
    • The Nintendo TVii icon has been removed from the Wii U Menu and 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

Version 5.4.0 U/E/J (8 June 2015)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.3.2 U/E/J (5 December 2014)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.3.1 U/E/J (2 December 2014)

  • Mario Kart 8 highlight reel upload fix:
    • Resolved an issue that resulted in some users receiving error code 104-1852 while uploading a Mario Kart 8 highlight reel to YouTube
  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.3.0 U/E/J (10 November 2014)

  • Changes to System Settings:
    • amiibo Settings has been added to System Settings. amiibo Settings allows users to register an amiibo owner and nickname, delete data written to an amiibo by supported software, or reset an amiibo
  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.2.0 U/E/J (29 September 2014)

  • Changes to the Wii U Menu:
    • Folders can now be created in the Wii U Menu to hold and organize software icons
    • A Download Management icon has been added to the Wii U Menu
  • Changes to Quick Start Menu:
    • The Quick Start Menu will now display when the Wii U is powered on from the Wii U GamePad TV Remote
    • Options have been added to Power Settings that allow users to hide certain software from the Quick Start Menu
  • Changes to the HOME Menu:
    • The design and layout of the HOME Menu has been updated
  • Changes to the Nintendo eShop:
    • Disabled usage of characters not used when redeeming Nintendo eShop cards (O, I, Z, etc.)
  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.1.2 U/E/J (18 August 2014)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

Version 5.1.1 U/E/J (4 August 2014)

  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
  • First public Wii U browser exploit blocked

Version 5.1.0 U/E/J (22 July 2014)

  • New Features:
    • 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
      • en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8983/p/431 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

Version 5.0.0 U/E/J (3 June 2014)

  • 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 [1]
    • 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 [2]
  • 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

1  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

2  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.

Version 4.1.0-U/E/J (31 March 2014)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility

Version 4.0.3-U/E/J (24 February 2014)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility

Version 4.0.2-U/E/J (18 November 2013)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility

Version 4.0.0-U/E/J (30 September 2013)

  • New Features:
    • A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode [1]
      • Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
    • A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass
    • Support for USB keyboards
    • An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
    • Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software
  • Changes to Wii U Menu:
    • Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List
  • Changes to System Settings:
    • An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under "Internet"
    • A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through "TV"
      • Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions
    • A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under "Power Settings" when Standby Functions are enabled
  • Changes to Wii U Chat:
    • Added the option to view a friend's profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request
    • Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad
  • Changes to Internet Browser:
    • Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
    • Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
    • Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login [2]
    • Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
    • Added support for viewing PDF files [3]
    • Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent
  • Improvements to system stability and usability:
    • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

1  Wii software displayed on the Wii U GamePad cannot be controlled by the GamePad. This feature only allows Wii software to be displayed on the GamePad. A Wii Remote Plus or Wii Remote is required to play Wii software titles.

2  Users can delete saved usernames and passwords from the Internet Browser settings.

3  Sometimes data may not be displayed correctly depending on the size and format of the PDF file. PDF files cannot be saved.


Version 3.1.0-U/E/J (10 July 2013)

  • The standby functions will now regularly connect to the Internet when the Wii U is powered down to check for available SpotPass data or software and system updates
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility


Version 3.0.1-U/E/J (20 May 2013)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility


Version 3.0.0-U/E/J (25 April 2013)

  • New Features:
    • A standby function to download and install software while the system is powered off
    • Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop will automatically install in the background once the download is complete
    • Holding down the B Button while the Wii U logo is displayed during startup will load the Wii Menu* [1]
  • Changes to System Settings:
    • An option to transfer and/or copy between two USB storage devices in "Data Management"
    • The ability to select multiple software titles when transferring, copying, or deleting data in "Data Management"
    • The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV"* [2]
    • "Auto Power-Down" has been renamed "Power Settings"
  • Changes to Miiverse
  • Changes to Nintendo eShop
  • Changes to the Internet Browser
  • Changes to Download Management
  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

1  User selection may be necessary.
2  A similar option has been removed from Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, and the Internet Browser.


Version 2.1.3-U/E/J (4 March 2013)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability have been made.
    • The previously announced system update, which adds new features and further improvements to the user experience, will be released in April.


Version 2.1.0-U/E/J (4 December 2012)

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.


Version 2.0.0-U/E/J (18 November 2012)

  • Added new Network features
    • Nintendo Network ID creation and linking feature
    • "Miiverse" [1]
    • "Nintendo eShop" [1]
    • "Internet Browser"
    • "Friends List" [1]
    • "Wii U Chat" [1]
    • "Notification List"
    • "Download Management"
    • "Wii System Transfer" [2]
    • Software update feature [3]
    • USB storage device feature

1  In order to use those features, you will need to register Nintendo Network ID.
2  You can use this feature in Wii Menu.
3  Update feature is available only for the software which has update data.


Version 1.0.2-U

US Launch System Software


Version 1.0.1-U/E

US & Europe Launch System Software


Version 1.0.0

Prerelease/Prelaunch System Software

Not distributed in the wild.


Note: changelog taken from Nintendo

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