Jun 3rd, 2014


The Wii U system update that Satoru Iwata promised nearly a year ago went live last night, bringing the Wii U quick start menu. This new menu makes it possible to jump into games without loading the full Wii U UI, so you’re playing games quicker than before. There are several other new additions and improvements in this 5.0.0 U update, making it pretty substantial.

In order to use the new Quick Start Menu, you’ll have to press the Home button on the Wii U GamePad or the Pro Controller. Wii accessories like the Wii-remote will simply turn on the console instead of jumping to the Quick Start menu.

It’s obvious Nintendo wanted to get this out of the way before E3 so long-time fans have little to complain about next week, as this update has been promised for a very long time. Here’s a full look at the changes:

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.

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  • Justin Rowan


  • Andrés

    does the quick start function work for the wii games too?

    • Agent721

      I don’t believe so, but I could be wrong. It looks to me like it’s the last few games or apps on the wii u only. There is a way to start up the wii menu quickly though…I just can’t remember how.

      • Dan Hutt

        Holding down the B button on any controller while the system is booting should boot the Wii U straight into Wii Mode!

  • I am really enjoying the Quick Start menu. Grab the gamepad, press the home button, and jump right into my selection. Very cool.

    I also like the fact that updates will automatically install. It was nothing to complain about, but it was a bit tedious to turn on the gamepad and wait for updates to install. If I’m reading correct, all this will be done without me even knowing. Very cool.

    • TheBoldman67

      Only thing I’m noticing that isn’t so good, is that when all of the Miis start coming into the Wara Wara Plaza, (The part that takes up the TV with all of the Miis and the games and stuff) it lags quite a bit now.

      • I haven’t turned my system on fully since I got this update, so I hadn’t noticed. I just use the quick start menu for everything. Plus, I don’t like the Miis on screen anyway, so it wouldn’t bother me anyway. haha.

  • Agent721

    I downloaded it last night and it’s a big but useful update. The slight change in look in the home menu is nice & the quick start feature is very useful to just get in & play. Now if they only could extend the quick start to some of the games…Legocity…. that take forever to boot up!

    • Fred

      You CAN get Lego City on the quick start menu.

  • Krzysztof

    Finally! THAT should’ve been version 1.0.

    • well all consoles should have lots of things in 1.0 but is not that it works.

  • Mozellergodt

    They should add some better way of chatting with friends. If someone writes to me, I get no message about it.

    • Agent721

      The mii verse icon should flash, letting you know there’s a message.

      • Mozellergodt

        Ahh, very subtle though. And it will still flash if its just someone posting a bottle on Zelda? But thanks:)

  • Rick van der Linde

    “In order to use the new Quick Start Menu, you’ll have to press the Home button on the Wii U GamePad or the Pro Controller.”

    “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”

    So what is it now? Both or only the GamePad? Or does it work with the pro controller, but only with the home button?

    • Thomas Vienna

      I suppose we should try it out and see.

    • Fred

      Both is you’ve already got the system up and running. Gamepad if you’re initially powering it on


    All I want is a update where I can see which of my friends has logged in while I playing my games on the tv screen.

    • CEObrainz

      That and maybe the ability to chat with friends no matter where you are on the console would be cool.

      • chat while playing? i don’t know if i use that.
        but well.. some of you looks like love chat.

        • CEObrainz

          I’d use it for titles such as Monster Hunter (which does do this), Mario Kart, Smash Bros and any multiplayer game really. Currently I use Skype to talk with friends as Nintendo hasn’t implemented such a feature in the majority of its games.

    • LordiMcKill

      All I want in a future Wii U update is a disc eject button icon on the Home screen. I mean, every other console has one.

      • Alex0714

        But your still going to have to get up to grab the disk so why would we need that?

        • Thomas Vienna

          To save you from that awkward “bending over” moment you have after pressing eject and you’re waiting for the disc to come out, and you’ve just been sitting down playing for hours. Lol, I don’t really know, actually.

        • LordiMcKill

          The Wii U is placed behind my TV (awkward, i know) and having to reach around and push the eject button, wait 5-10 seconds, do the disc swap and pop another in is a little tedious. Sometimes I just wish it was handy to have a disc eject button to press on the gamepad’s screen to save that time.

  • Dan Hutt

    I agree with most of the people in this thread. The main feature I’m waiting for in the UI is the ability to browse and post on MiiVerse during loading screens, or having the music of the game playing while I have the home menu open.

    • Thomas Vienna

      Typical reaction. People tend to take this opportunity to expect absolute perfection from a cheaper console instead of being grateful for the large feature that’s streamlining how they get to their game. I highly doubt the Wii U is even capable of posting to miiverse during loading screens, at least without increasing the loading time five times over.

      • Dan Hutt

        I’m not expecting absolute perfection. I was merely suggesting something that I was wishing was implemented in the system. The load times suck now, but if I could message my friends or post somewhere, that would be nice. I doubt it will happen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about this new quick launch feature and plan to use it quite a bit.

        • Thomas Vienna

          I apologize, I just wish that the majority reaction was a bit more positive.

  • Mayoo

    Very welcomed update. But why do we still have console-bound purshases? Why do I still have to manually change from EST to EDT in 2014?

    • Fred

      WHat are console-bound purshases?

      • Mayoo

        When you buy something and you install it, if you loose the console or if it breaks, you can’t recover it easily. You have to call Nintendo that will ask you a ton of question.

        • Fred

          True, but if someone breaks into my house and steals my console and games I don’t have to rebuy games.
          My kids can’t lose discs if I don’t have any.
          I don’t have unlimited space for discs. Between GameCube games Wii games DVDs & Blu-Rays I don’t have space for Wii U discs.

  • JB

    Played with the update last night, I’m loving it! Everything feels faster and now I can just jump straight into Wii Fit in the morning and Mario Kart 8 whenever! 🙂 Hopefully we have folder support upcoming and of course some sort of improved notifications and cross game chat!

    • i’m working right now, can i put the nexflix app in the quick boot?

      • Tecpedz94

        You dont put them in the quick boot it puts the 10 most recently used apps in the list so if you have used netflix recently than it should be in the list if you played MK8 recently than its listed as well.

        • ohh cool!
          by the way, i have a problem with amazon and Mario Kart 8 argg!!!
          it will come two days late! (June 7)

          • “Sean” The Scorp

            Mine says it will come June 11th, I doubt that though because it was dispatched on 29th and everything i got from amazon came within 7-8 days, so i either get the game this friday or monday.. dang 😛

    • Fred

      Folders would be nice for me. I’ve been buying all my games digitally and I’m almost out of spaces. I’m nervous about what will happen when all the spaces are full

      • CEObrainz

        You could always delete the games you hardly ever play (save data stays on the console) then install when you want to play? Depending on your internet speeds, it might not be that long of a process.

      • gerb1977

        rumor has it, it will just keep adding pages and in theory you can never fill it up. I would like folders though too. Would be nice to have a folder for each generation of VC games.

        • In this case, why are there so many pages in first place? they could just have one page at the beginning and add another as soon as the first gets full. or 4 per default. don’t know.

          • chocodino

            on 3ds, you start with….i don’t remember how much spaces/pages. and when you almost fill it, the system creates more, so logically speaking, wii u should do the same

          • true that, thanks for the info.

        • Fred

          I’d actually be happy if this is true. I guess I better figure out if it’s true. This morning I downloaded my free game (from buying Mario kart) and I only have 1 more empty screen

  • darkcreap

    I love the update. If only they implemented the classic controller+wiimote in the WiiMode to allow to play Wii games directly in the gamepad…

    • Fred

      That would be great. I’ve been playing Xenoblade with a Wii Remote and nunchuk because I have 4 pro controllers and haven’t been willing to also buy classic controllers

      • Rich Garriques

        i dont believe they sell classic controllers anymore btw , you probably have to look on amazon or ebay for one now , luckily i have 2 classic controllers and one pro right now.

    • AWwriter

      They did in the last update. You can play Wii channel straight from the gamepad now, no TV required.

      • darkcreap

        Yes, but you require wiimotes even if the game is for a classic controller pro, which is a device attached to the Wiimote but, in terms of input, a classic controller pro can do the same as the WiiU gamepad. Actually, the WiiU gamepad can do one thing more since the joysticks are buttons themselves. The thing is that you cannot use the gamepad controls directly, you require a Wiimote plus a classic controller plus the gamepad, when the gamepad itself has everything the classic controller has integrated. Unfortunately, the Wii mode is not prepared to support input from the gamepad, as it only uses it like a screen.

  • Sam

    Meh. Not a huge deal to me. I just like installing the updates. 🙂 I’ve never been able to do it before.

  • InterTreble

    Impressive massive update. Just think about who is buying Wii U in this days. They will find a next gen console with the only real next gen titles out so far, one game free, online free as well, retrocompatibility which means tons of titles (the entire Wii library) and an update which makes their console a missile. Big deal, indeed! 😉

    • readypembroke

      Especially the Virtual Console!!

  • Ducked

    What would be a nice update is if you could open up the home menu while playing online instead of exiting out the online server.

  • Adrian

    I’m going to sound like a downer, but honestly this sounds like an annoying feature. The WiiU takes like 10 seconds to boot to the main menu anyways. Having a “quick start” to save me 5 seconds will probably be more annoying than helpful.

    • CEObrainz

      How does that work, unless you like that added time that you need to wait?

      • Adrian

        It’s a, “don’t fix what ain’t broke” feature.

        • CEObrainz

          I see it more as an excuse to add features that should have been there from the start, mostly hinting at that auto-update feature that can be a great time saver.

    • Thomas Vienna

      Please explain how it is worse.

      • Adrian

        I’ll have to try it to be sure. But from my POV, it’s a waste of resources to introduce a new UI point of entry to consumers that can only save 5 seconds per session. Especially since I only play once or twice a week.

        • Fred

          For guys like me that use the Wii U every day and have young kids with no patience I’ll take any time savings I can get. For me it’s GREAT

          • Roadkill409

            Totally agreed. I use the Wii U daily for games and more and anything to get to what is used most the quickest is welcome especially with kids.

        • Zuxs13

          So making their system quicker like all the other media devices people use, and not feel like a device from 8 years ago, is a bad thing?

          People are use to super fast smart phones and TVs etc now, the Wii U boot up speeds feel archaic compared to them. this make it feel more up o date.

          It doesn’t hurt you in any way. Its not like this new menu is going to reduce your graphics or gameplay in some way??

        • Thomas Vienna

          I suppose, but that wouldn’t make the feature annoying. The only think I can think of is that before, it was really easy to get to the menu, where now, it might be a tad confusing, because you have to select it among other recently played titles (so long as you start the system with the gamepad).

          • Adrian

            Yeah I was mostly thinking of the extra clicks to get where you want. But ultimately the update looks like it was well done.

          • Thomas Vienna

            You can always turn the feature off, too.

    • Adrian

      Alright, I tried it out. It isn’t too bad considering it is lightning fast once you press the button. They implemented it well. But one problem: It displays past games played even if the disc is not in. Not a huge deal, but I wouldn’t have included that.

  • wober2

    I like the feature, just wish the graphic design was less busy. I really hope they use the off-power notifications for more then the shitty sales notifications they post in the wiiu menu.

    I am surprised they add a top banner when they do not do that for the wiiu home menu. It is sloppy in the quick start menu but if they had more visible eshop and in-game statuses in wiiu menu it could promote sales and playing more.

    • wober2

      On the same notion, I really wish they would get rid of wara wara plaza. It was cute at first but so hard to navigate and a missed oppty for more info besides random miiverse posts. Give us custom controls to what we want to see that would be ideal…

      • CEObrainz

        It would be nice to replace that with a service similar to Mario Kart TV. Imagine being able to see into the games your friends were currently playing?

        • wober2

          I would love that! I would think since nintendo makes its own hardware they could tie in their games better.

          • Roadkill409

            That’s a good idea. I hope they do something like that. The Wara Wara Plaza does seem like a slight miss, but I think the idea is close to something good. But they somehow need to make it a smoother transition between Wiimote and/or Gamepad. Somehow tying it to friends online or some relevant notification/message system would be nice. Random messages can be amusing, but not very useful.

      • blindtiger

        wara wara is only cool on your bday

  • Googs

    It’s loading everything much faster too.

  • Shy_Guy

    I like the update 🙂

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Downloaded and installed last night. I notice the home menu seems much faster. There isn’t as much of delay when the home button is pressed now

  • Roadkill409

    Overall it seems quicker.

  • bistricky

    Got the update last night. So far it looks great. Nintendo keeps on rocking. Keep it up Nintendo ….. you can’t go wrong if you keep making gamers happy. Cheers 😀

  • palomino blue

    I was in Miiverse when the update must have hit because everything locked up randomly and I just heard this long droning sound. I had to turn off the power on the console itself. When I restarted, the update began to install. Hadn’t had a problem before or since so I’m chalking it up to weird timing.

    • Cyntheta Luis

      Sounds like Creepypasta.

  • downloading…..

  • Richard Branches

    I got bored and put the Wii U back in its box, I refuse to use it if they don’t release the eshop in the whole latinoamerica, mexico is not latinoamerica only you know!!

    • Santiago

      Im from mexico and we don’t have the full features either. we have eshop and its great, but not club nintendo, so no free game bundle for us

      • Jose Mario Lagos

        Hello, i have it in Honduras, you just need to buy like you are on canada, find it on the settings and register a club nintendo account saying that you live there, any issues so far.

        Ahh porque estoy hablando en ingles? lol solo pone en las settings de tu consola canada y creas una cuenta de nintendo registrada en canada igual para la cuenta de club nintendo, a mi me funciona!

      • Richard Branches

        y te quejas? me conformo con el eshop, al #$%&@ club nintendo!!!!

        • Santiago

          I was just saying that even Mexico doesn’t have the full experience. But let’s not blame only nintendo for this. Sometimes this things are because the limitations that a country has on laws about online transactions. We can only guess here.

          • Richard Branches

            Por qué no escribes en español no tenemos necesidad de escribir en ingles.

  • Jason

    If only the actual downloading of this update was “quick”.

    • ben

      Your internet sounds sketchy.

  • A SNES Day Off

    This was a much needed update – it’s good to see Nintendo aren’t sitting back (Or at least not as much as we may sometimes imagine).

    Now, how about being able to customise the WaraWara screen? In truth it serves as little more than fancy summary of Miiverse, where beyond the presentation it’s actually meaningless.

    The ‘space’ would be better served for just one game of your choice, and from there relevant Mii’s and their posts would be collected. You would then be able to reply/post directly to those Mii’s without having to load up Miiverse. This could go a step further if the game supported a special plaza function, whereby revenant gameplay information would be constantly updated.

    • 2Макс2

      moreover, why not switch tv screen and game pad’s? every time i want to play using wiimote i have to first take the pad, launch the game and put it back on the stand? In the end it is a TV console, so why all the controls are not on TV screen (and let additional stuff to be displayed at the pad)?

      • MerryBlind .

        Wut? You can navigate the main menus with a Wiimote easily, and launch a game with a Wiimote. Not sure what you’re talking about here…

        • 2Макс2

          Oh! My bad) Indeed there is an on-screen button to switch. Good then, no more complaints (but it would be more comfortable for me to see the main menu from the very beginning)

          • MerryBlind .

            Well… do you really use the Wiimote more often than the GamePad? I guess having more options is always a good thing, but personally, I would leave it as it is even if I had the choice.

            If you’re mainly using a Pro Controller though I would understand since it works with most games contrary to the Wiimote.

            Oh and like ReadyPemBroke said, Pressing 1 on the Wiimote, or X on the Pro Controller (or GamePad for that matter) switches the two screens, you don’t have to aim at the bottom right corner if you don’t want to!

      • readypembroke

        Yeah what MerryBlind said, to do it, just press 1 on the Wii Remote.

    • MerryBlind .

      The WaraWara plaza or whatever it’s called should really be customizable. Just having a setting as simple as showing your 8 (or is 9? not sure how many miiverses forums are displayed on there right now) most recently played games/applications.

  • Roadkill409

    Looks like the notification system works. Nintendo just sent out a message. Nothing much, but just tell me that they will advertise to me in the future. Great! advertising on demand. How about a friend notification system!

  • Jason

    I think the update also fixed Nintendo’s internet. I can now play Mario Kart 8 online without dropping out every 2 minutes.

  • kentray1985

    Now this update is a huge step in the right direction now with the help of other Nintendo fans we can try to persuade Nintendo to add updated social features like party chat and and let us invite people to games directly from miiverse. Nintendo does this and this system will be complete and more enjoyable for people who love playing with friends online!

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    Something really weird happened to me; the Wii U’s picture and sound quality seemed to drop a LOT. The audio sounds congested and the picture has lots of little jaggies everywhere. I’ve double-checked, and all my setting are the same as before… anyone else have this problem?

    • Santiago

      not here

    • C4

      Nope, maybe it was just busy finishing the update. Does it still occur?

  • MerryBlind .

    “…nearly a year ago…” Wasn’t it like only SOME months ago lol?

  • MerryBlind .

    Awesome update Nintendo. Thank you.

  • ZeldaFan83

    The Quick Start Menu is pretty damn cool, at first I thought it was gonna be a stupid little gimmick but I really like how much there is to it. It really is QUICK too. I clocked it 10 times using a stop watch and the average start up time was 1.2 seconds. Now that is fast.

  • Michael Ocampo

    I also noticed just now how if you go into your friends list, some of the Miis will say whatever the people put as their status message but I think it’s completely random which Mii decides to speak…

  • leo

    there UI is still fragmented

  • leo

    It’s like android 2.0

  • Rinslowe

    I’m liking it. Bit by bit. Little by little the OS is looking and functioning in a more practical sense towards us gamer’s. Still feels a bit disjointed in places between menus but overall it’s getting there.

  • Alex0714

    Also on your friends list your friends would say their short post. without having to click on them.

  • Geckoblade64

    They should make achievements like on all other consoles. that’d be great

  • DeMar DeRozan

    This update is disaster! After it my hdd stopped working!

  • Roadkill409

    I am starting to understand how the update works. It does feel quicker for the programs I use most. I like that. Also, over all, the system seems quicker. I just hope this is the start of a number of tweaks to push it forward.

  • SinkyChan

    sorry to sound dumb, but.. does this mean when you receive a message through miiverse you’ll be notified other than the blue flashy light? ’cause… that’s really annoying. 🙁

    • MerryBlind .

      That’s what options are there for….

  • FlashFan207

    So far I love it.

  • 2Макс2

    Don’t understand why they didn’t speed up the main menu but added another one with almost the same functionality instead?

  • MerryBlind .

    Hey is it just me or did this update made the Miiverse plaza (WaraWara whatever) screen on the main menu (the screen with the miis all over the place) sharper?

    Anyone else noticed how texts appear a bit clearer and game windows appear sharper too?
    Ever since I had my Wii U, I’ve always been pretty sure the main menu was only 720p upscaled to 1080p (which is really lazy/stupid for a menu), but since this update, it seems it is now displaying at 1080p native. It even helps on the GamePad screen a bit too even though that one is only 480p.