Feb 25th, 2014


Nintendo has released a minor system update for the Wii U, bringing the version number up to 4.03 U. The last system update we saw was in September, which brought the ability to automatically receive demos through SpotPass, as well as other enhancements. While this new update isn’t as significant, it does address system stability and other adjustments. The last few updates have added a few new features:

  • Updates to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friends List
  • You can now output audio and video to the Wii U GamePad controller in Wii Mode
  • Support for USB keyboards
  • Improvements to the Internet Browser (such as support for PDFs and for screenshot uploads to websites)

It’s nice to see improvements to the internet browser for the Wii U, but lots of work still needs to be done. While the browser does support the latest HTML 5 technology, it doesn’t recognize the audio tag and therefore won’t play audio files.

In January during Nintendo’s financial briefing, president Satoru Iwata briefly touched on a Quick Start Menu function that will arrive by system update this summer. This feature will half the time it takes from turning on the console to starting a game, as the current time is around 20 seconds.

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  • Mayoo

    Boourns. Come on Nintendo, this is all you can do in 4 months?

    • ETMew2348

      better than nothing =P

    • amak11

      This is what they did in less than a month since the investors meeting

  • JVAN63

    Ashley – Your posts are always fan based, factual and positive. I appreciate that!

  • Green

    Support for USB keyboards is great :D, but everything else is pretty meh for me :P.

  • Jon

    I like the Support for USB keyboards. To be honest i thought it could already do that. I just never tried it. But that is a nice improvement. now all we need is folders…. my Wii Menu is getting cluttered, even after I organize it

  • eli

    prrooobably to get rid of the new exploit

  • Nintenjoe82

    I think it’s time to test a notoriously slow to load game to see if this has imropved anything.

  • Jim Mack

    So happy that Wii mode is supported on the gamepad! We love our Wii games but haven’t been using them as much cause Wii mode is kinda cumbersome and clumsy. Hopefully this puts the Wii mode on par with Wii U mode

  • Kevin Frei

    It already had USB keyboard support? I know cuz my gamepad broke and I had to type in my password with one

    • Santiago

      It says “the past few updates”

      • thank you for clearing up. I didnt realize XD

      • Kevin Frei

        Thanks for clarifying. I don’t know what counts as “last few”, then because my gamepad broke last year.

        • Itzcoatl Larue

          you can get it fixed for free by nintedo

          • Kevin Frei

            I wish. Sent it into Nintendo of America, got charged over $100 :'(

    • TaintedXGamer

      How the hell you break ur gamepad?!

      • The LCD screen (underneath the glass screen) broke. It looked as though someone threw a wii remote at the TV, if you’ve ever seen those funny videos. Crazy how sensitive the gamepad is, considering I had the gamepad in a plastic clear protector, INSIDE a travel carrying case specifically designed for the gamepad, with a screen protector on. Admittedly, I had been very careless with my backpack and threw it around quite a bit. My iPad, 3DS, and Macbook Pro have never shown any signs of damage, so I figured the gamepad would be fine considering I bought all that stuff to protect it.

        You wouldn’t think you need the gamepad for that much, but you honestly do. I couldn’t go into the eShop, or play Wii Fit U, but probably the worst-I couldn’t connect to any internet points other than my “preferred network”. I’ve learned my lesson, trust me.

        • TaintedXGamer

          Lol alryt that’s fair enough XD.

  • Santiago

    What I want to see is faster home button performance. It takes ages to post screenshot in the miiverse. Also it would be cool that you could have the browser open in the gamepad while playing in the tv. This, of course, with games have no special use of the second screen

    • Agreed. What’s more important to me, however, is something that could even be done by the PS3.. Enable access to the home menu while playing online-IF it lets me go to the home menu, it disconnects me from any online server I am on, so basically if I want to see what is making my home button glow blue, it disconnects me from the server πŸ™

  • LukeMM95

    I can’t believe we have to wait until summer for the speed up update.

    • thedeciderU

      let’s just hope now they’re actually focusing on getting some fucking games out.

  • Guest

    Wait… I thought it was already out…

  • val berger

    The only thing I really want to improve is the speed some things are developed. Sure, they might have their reasons and maybe it’s good if Nintendo is concentrating their energy on their studios. Still, the speed of how slow some things get improved is really amazing. I’m coming from the App developer scene and I can really say that their announced Miiverse Apps and whatever they are deveolping ever since could have been finished and redone again and again and they can’t manage to throw at least something out. Then the WiiU channels, the European TVii (which is a joke, isn’t it? ) or that Quicklaunch menu, they announced for summer. I really can’t help the feeling that such a feature can’t take more than 6 months to implement, especially if they already have a prototype running like now. I just need to have said that for once, so please I beg your pardon but the speed of how slow most non-gaming software gets developed at Nintendo is really ridiculous. But as I said, at least they have the manpower to throw something like Wind Waker HD out within 6months, which is, even for a port, quite something.

  • Michael DeVore

    A trivial update that comes out just after some hacker group says “Nintendo can’t patch this flaw”. Any bets this was put together just to mess with the hackers?

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  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    “In January during Nintendo’s financial briefing, president Satoru Iwata briefly touched on a Quick Start Menu function that will arrive by system update this summer. This
    feature will half the time it takes from turning on the console to starting a game, as the current time is around 20 seconds.”

    I can see the irony of this.

  • darkcreap

    Hi, Ashley, There is something I do not understand:

    “You can now output audio and video to the Wii U GamePad controller in Wii Mode”

    That was already possible through a previous update to the WiiU. I played Xenoblade Chronicles on the WiiU gamepad in Wii mode. You could use a WiiU gamepad as a fully independent screen. That included Audio as well, if I remember correctly.

    • Ace

      I am a bit confused. I have never used this feature so I am trying to understand. So are you able to play games on the GamePad then or just use the GamePad as a TV? I would love to be able to play Galaxy 1 & 2 on the GamePad.

      • darkcreap

        That’s exactly. The WiiU gamepad gives you audio and video. It also provides a sensor bar (it is above the WiiU gamepad screen, so I guess you have to configure your WiiU accordingly). You can use the gamepad as a TV screen with sensor bar integrated and completely play your Wii games in another room, no matter which controller configuration they use, as long as both the gamepad and the controllers are in the WiiU’s range.

        Bad thing is that you cannot use the WiiU gamepad for input, you need Wiimotes, nunchucks and classic controllers.

        • Ace

          Thanks for the clarification.

  • Guest

    “You can now output audio and video to the Wii U GamePad controller in Wii Mode” – Wasn’t this already possible? I’ve been playing Wii games on my Wii U for months now while having headphones plugged into the GamePad and listening to the Wii game’s audio. Hmmm…and the GamePad screen was turned on, showing the same thing that was on the TV…

    • GregoryTheRainMaker

      Nintendo can only do what they can. v.v

    • steveb944

      That’s what I thought! I thought I was losing my mind as I was playing Metroid just like that.

      Whoops we misread, she was mentioning past updates.

    • Mads

      “The last few updates”
      Updates – plural

      • Dark-Link73

        Then why even mention that? I thought the article was about the latest update 4.03 U, not “last few updates”. It tends to create confusions as just seen right now.

  • SinkyChan

    Ashley, although I LOVE your articles and would rather read anything you write vs. anyone else…. I must admit that this one is a little confusing. For a second, I thought the bullet points were highlighting this update. Although you did mention the last few updates, most readers and quickly drawn to the bullet points.

    Just letting you know. Regardless, another piece of actual interesting information. (Which is usually what we get from you.)

    Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  • linkzero65

    i think they should release an Update to stop those hackers ONCE and for ALL

    • Link

      Go home, kid.

      • Joey

        same to you haha …

      • linkzero65


    • NkoSekirei

      dont wry about the hackers their all talk and besides they got better things to do by hacking ps4 and xbox one

      • linkzero65

        yes! yes indeed

  • Dominicruz

    nooooooooooo! it get rid of the new exploit ! the only chance to ho homebrew apps and all nooooooo!

    • ETMew2348

      dude just buy the game -_-

  • For us in Europe it seems to be 4.0.3 E, suppose the E stands for Europe and the U stands for USA πŸ˜›

  • bizzy gie

    When will the freezing be fixed?

  • Thomas Vienna

    I’ll welcome the system stability. I hate it whenever the Wii U freezes, or when it doesn’t read the disc I’m putting into it, and I have to restart it. It’s so unlike Nintendo. My Wii, DSi, or 3DS never had this many errors.

    • Joey

      i never had any freezing ever since i bought mine but at the beginning had one freeze on me and other was when playing Nintendo Land modem caused a freeze a few times and we looked it up online how to bypass it, by turning off internet connection for awhile, so we can continued playing our game, then turn internet connection on once again and never had issues ever since.

    • SP-937-215

      I have had issues with my Wii U freezing. I’d say about one freeze up for every twenty to thirty sessions. There’s no consistency either. It could be in the main menu, in Miiverse, or launching a game or switching to Wii Mode. A friend of mine has a Wii U with extremely poor WiFi reception. I took mine to his house and we tested mine and his in the same spot to see if it was possibly the location or the wireless router. His must have a bad antenna or something. Even the Gamepad range is more limited on his system, and it was like that new out of the box. To get a clear enough signal for a system update we had to move the router within 15 feet of the console. Otherwise the update would spit out an error after about two minutes. The funny thing was that Netflix worked fine with a lower Wifi singal. So this means that the Wii U firmware will only allow a system update if the Wifi signal is very strong. And if you have a bad Wifi antenna in your Wii U, well then you just have to move the router closer, like we did, or buy an ethernet adapter to run a Cat 5 cable across your house. At least he’s up and running now, and I spawned another Wii U convert πŸ˜€

      • Thomas Vienna

        It’s usually not when I’m online, actually. It happens more when I have a game suspended for too long, and then I try to go back to the game. It happens more often for 3rd party games than Nintendo’s. I’ve also had it happen when trying to load a newly downloaded title.

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  • Nintendoro

    Where’s the update to customize my home screen ? Those Miis running about are only fun for my 3 year old son

  • Ralph Ortiz

    This is an anti-hack update.

  • Lusunup

    is anyone elses bowser much more clearer now as resolution wise! o.o

  • Ralph Ortiz

    Way to go Nintendo! Your Wii U won’t sell if you keep the system close for homebrew.

    • NkoSekirei

      yea right wii u doesnt need homebrew period to sell systems

  • paddle008

    The article is formatted in a way that suggests that those bullet points are about the current update, just look at the confusion in the comments. I’m surprised, Ashley usually writes better than this.

    • FutureFox

      ^ Very. No sense highlighting past updates ppl won’t likely remember.

  • LordiMcKill

    Another update, another improve system stability and minor changes that no one notices. Although i’d be quite keen to know what these minor updates actually do to enhance user ability.

    Saying that, does anyone notice that only Japanese based console makers pump out tiny updates every other month or so unlike Microsoft who update there console once every blue moon?

  • andrewjcole

    The ability to post screenshots in the internet browser has been doable for months now… same with PDFs.

  • Roman

    What would be most appreciated is Flash support, and gamepad support for Wii games (at least emulate a classic controler!!).

    • Michael DeVore

      Flash will never happen. It’s dead in all the modern standards like HTML 5. It’s only still around because it’s a zombie like Java Applets. When it starts spreading disease like Applets you’ll see every IT team forcibly purge it from their networks.

  • USB keyboard support? Dragon Quest X please! πŸ™‚

  • ChallengerUPC

    I hope Nintendo eventually lets the Wii mode start up without the TV being on. I feel like the need to point at the TV before playing on the gamepad defeats the purpose.

  • Jeffery02

    My 3DS just got an update. This really makes me wonder if they are related somehow. Neither have seen an update in a while and now they both see an update within a couple days of each other. I wonder if Nintendo is working in the shadows on more compatibility between the 2. I’m really hoping for the 3DS friend’s list to merge with the NNID friend’s list. If I could see both on each one, then that would open up a lot of sharing potential between the 2.