Wii U 4.0 Update Live: Gamepad Wii, audio options, keyboards

#1 Edited by JoeyRavn (4887 posts) -

... though you can't use your Wii U Gamepad to control Wii games.

Version 4.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

New Features:

A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode¹

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 login²

Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots

Added support for viewing PDF files³

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.

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/support/system_update/index.html (Japanese)

Pretty cool, right? Too bad you can't use the Wii U Gamepad to play your Wii games... maybe in a future update? At least for the games that have native GC/Classic Controller support?

#2 Posted by Snail (8473 posts) -

Sounds like a great update. Plenty of neat features that made me all tingly and wanting to update my Wii U.

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