Nintendo Sneaks Out Wii U, 3DS Firmware Updates

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
IWATA.
IWATA.

With a Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow morning (Friday), Nintendo has pushed out a firmware update for both Wii U and 3DS ahead of whatever announcements are coming.

Wii U’s update brings the hardware to version 2.1.0 and addresses the following, according to Nintendo:

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

It’s a similar vagueness on 3DS, which moves to version 4.5.0-10U:

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

Based on user reports so far, not much has changed, but maybe we’ll learn more tomorrow?

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -
IWATA.
IWATA.

With a Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow morning (Friday), Nintendo has pushed out a firmware update for both Wii U and 3DS ahead of whatever announcements are coming.

Wii U’s update brings the hardware to version 2.1.0 and addresses the following, according to Nintendo:

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

It’s a similar vagueness on 3DS, which moves to version 4.5.0-10U:

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

Based on user reports so far, not much has changed, but maybe we’ll learn more tomorrow?

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#2 Posted by noautomobilesgo (9 posts) -

This is good! More updates are always nice.

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#3 Posted by Nightriff (7177 posts) -

Time to pull out my 3DS, update, and put it away. Can't put P4G down now

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#4 Posted by Jumbs (307 posts) -

Was hoping it would make it all run faster :/

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#5 Posted by Meepasaurus (263 posts) -

I really hope this fixes the system freezing. I haven't touched it since my Nintendo Land locked up.

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#6 Posted by evil_gordita (72 posts) -

Hooray for vague changelogs.

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#7 Posted by jonnyboy (2867 posts) -

Bananas v2.0

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#8 Posted by Fawkes (328 posts) -

Friday?

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#9 Posted by boomsnapclap113 (216 posts) -

@Fawkes said:

Friday?

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#10 Posted by JJOR64 (19692 posts) -

Getting the Wii U one right now.

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#11 Posted by colourful_hippie (5764 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

Time to pull out my 3DS, update, and put it away. Can't put P4G down now

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#12 Posted by gesi1223 (266 posts) -

But today is TUESDAY Patrick. How can tomorrow be Friday?

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#13 Posted by Jazz_Lafayette (3897 posts) -
version 4.5.0-10U

Is that a software state or one of the launch codes?

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#14 Posted by wsowen02 (351 posts) -

@BoomSnapClap113 said:

@Fawkes said:

Friday?

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#15 Posted by DoctorWelch (2817 posts) -

BREAKING NEWS! TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! :D

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#16 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2763 posts) -

Already updated both. No changes I can see on either. TVii is still disabled on Wii U. :(

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#17 Posted by KickahaOta (169 posts) -

Suspicious me is fraught with suspicion. You don't have a twelve-hour "emergency maintenance" that brings down just the shopping features, then bring everything up with a new firmware update that's required to use the store, if all you're trying to do is implement minor stability improvements.

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#18 Posted by Phatmac (5931 posts) -

IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY??

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#19 Posted by JJOR64 (19692 posts) -
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#20 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (688 posts) -

@wsowen02 said:

@BoomSnapClap113 said:

@Fawkes said:

Friday?

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#21 Posted by Kerned (1185 posts) -

Jeezt, now I'm waiting for Jelly Bean on my GS3 and an update for my 3DS.

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#22 Edited by TruthTellah (9814 posts) -

A bit hard to sneak out a 625MB firmware update. heh.

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#23 Posted by sirdesmond (1425 posts) -

Man, Patrick is way, way, way off schedule this week it seems.

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#24 Posted by MormonWarrior (2945 posts) -

Wii U and 3DS: Now with more bananas.

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#25 Posted by Gelf513 (77 posts) -

did they improve the load times for the wii u? cus man they're atrocious.

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#26 Posted by Athenor (7 posts) -

I've heard that the Wii U is a few seconds faster in transitioning load times.

A word of warning. Like.. a huge word of warning: Once the firmware update starts downloading, DO NOT CUT THE POWER OR THE WIFI. Seriously. Somehow futzing with the wifi to make it faster caused my U to hang, and pulling the power caused the system to brick even though the download was only at 10%.

Nintendo was good about warranty replacement, but when they say don't cut the power THEY MEAN IT.

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#27 Posted by peppermario (5 posts) -

@Athenor said:

I've heard that the Wii U is a few seconds faster in transitioning load times.

A word of warning. Like.. a huge word of warning: Once the firmware update starts downloading, DO NOT CUT THE POWER OR THE WIFI. Seriously. Somehow futzing with the wifi to make it faster caused my U to hang, and pulling the power caused the system to brick even though the download was only at 10%.

Nintendo was good about warranty replacement, but when they say don't cut the power THEY MEAN IT.

That's weird, my internet went out multiple times while it was downloading. I even turned off the system (it was at 42% downloaded) until my internet connection was restored and it just kept downloading from where it left off.

I do however recommend NOT turning the system off during installation, that can do some damage.

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#28 Posted by jasonefmonk (378 posts) -

@Athenor: That goes for anything you update firmware on. Computers, routers, phones ...

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#29 Posted by Sargus (783 posts) -

Hey, if it actually helps the system not crash so much, I'm ALL for it.

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#30 Posted by paulunga (3324 posts) -

I don't even get how the load times can be this bad on the Wii U. It has more RAM than any console ever (that it doesn't have to share with the OS) and the disc drive is supposedly thrice as fast as the PS3's atrocious 2x Blu-Ray drive.

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#31 Posted by ouren (142 posts) -
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#32 Posted by jtm33 (15 posts) -

All it seems to do is block flash carts. The DSTWO and some R4i cards that were compatible with the 3DS are blocked for now.

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#33 Posted by DeF (5396 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY??

cue Rebecca Black ...

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#34 Posted by Paindamnation (875 posts) -

The system is updating its Friday in Japan. YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS GUYS COME ON. We know everything. We're the internet.

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#35 Posted by Dagbiker (7050 posts) -

@ManU_Fan10ne said:

@wsowen02 said:

@BoomSnapClap113 said:

@Fawkes said:

Friday?

Its Friday somewhere...

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#36 Posted by rand0mZer00 (439 posts) -

The update crashed my Wii U, which was about halfway into the download and now it keeps crashing every time I try to update it. I already know that we are not suppose to unplug it, but I had no choice but to do so. Download bar wasn't moving, just that loud sound that I know too often now.

It's funny. Nothing happened when I had to install the day one patch, and this is the one that locks it up. Ugh.

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#37 Posted by kishinfoulux (3289 posts) -
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#38 Posted by hunttis (8 posts) -

Naturally, it feels like Friday today, because tomorrow is a national holiday (in Finland)! Patrick is already getting ready to celebrate the Finnish Independence Day on the 6th of December! Yay for Patrick! :)

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#39 Posted by Kyreo (4681 posts) -

yeah it took me all of 5 seconds to update. I don't know what the hell it did.

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#40 Posted by bkfountain (105 posts) -

this took an hour to download, 10 minutes to install, and nothing was immediately apparent as to what the hell it even did. The OS is still slow as shit and I never did have problems with lock ups.

Amazing. Nintendo making me appreciate Xbox Live every day the console is out.

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#41 Posted by DrWhat (396 posts) -

Please excuse Patrick, in his language every day is Friday. You think we readers have it bad, imagine scheduling meetings with the guy.

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#42 Posted by fattony12000 (8357 posts) -

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

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#43 Posted by Dezinus (688 posts) -

That is just the greatest photo of Satoru Iwata of all time. OF ALL TIME!

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#44 Posted by optimusprime223 (460 posts) -

I really, really really hope this sorts my issue with the Wii U. I cant play it at mo as the OS freezes after a 'please wait' message appears and I cant do anything else. I really don't want to have to take my console back to store because it is bricked. All I did was try to start the youtube app...

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#45 Posted by MrMuscle (497 posts) -

Any news on when we can expect to see Miiverse on the 3DS?

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#46 Posted by KJ869 (25 posts) -

@jtm33: @jtm33 said:

All it seems to do is block flash carts. The DSTWO and some R4i cards that were compatible with the 3DS are blocked for now.

DSTWO already cracked.. Seems like another pointless update for 3ds.

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#47 Posted by hugh_jazz (470 posts) -

Hope the update stops that weird noise the Gamepad makes when I shake it.

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#48 Posted by Shaunage (908 posts) -

The only difference I have noticed is that sometimes there's no load coming back from another application/menu to the wii U menu. It's only about half the time. Super inconsistent, but it does make it a bit quicker to navigate.

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#49 Posted by jtm33 (15 posts) -

@KJ869 said:

@jtm33: @jtm33 said:

All it seems to do is block flash carts. The DSTWO and some R4i cards that were compatible with the 3DS are blocked for now.

DSTWO already cracked.. Seems like another pointless update for 3ds.

Yep I just updated my DSTWO. This update seems pointless then. To be fair though, Nintendo have done a good job at breaking most other flash cards out there. DSTWO keeps on kicking though...

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#50 Posted by LegendaryChopChop (1381 posts) -

An update that doesn't fix the biggest problems of the system? Oh boy.

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