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    Nintendo Sneaks Out Wii U, 3DS Firmware Updates

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    Edited By patrickklepek
    IWATA.
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    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  Edited By patrickklepek
    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  Edited By noautomobilesgo

    This is good! More updates are always nice.

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    #3  Edited By nightriff

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

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    #4  Edited By Jumbs

    Was hoping it would make it all run faster :/

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    #5  Edited By Meepasaurus

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

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    #6  Edited By evil_gordita

    Hooray for vague changelogs.

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    #7  Edited By jonnyboy

    Bananas v2.0

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    #8  Edited By Fawkes

    Friday?

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    #9  Edited By boomsnapclap113

    @Fawkes said:

    Friday?

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    #10  Edited By JJOR64

    Getting the Wii U one right now.

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    #11  Edited By colourful_hippie

    @Nightriff said:

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

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    #12  Edited By gesi1223

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

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    #13  Edited By Jazz_Lafayette
    version 4.5.0-10U

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

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    #14  Edited By wsowen02

    @BoomSnapClap113 said:

    @Fawkes said:

    Friday?

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    #15  Edited By DoctorWelch

    BREAKING NEWS! TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! :D

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    #16  Edited By Rolyatkcinmai

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

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    #17  Edited By kickahaota

    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  Edited By Phatmac

    IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY??

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    #19  Edited By JJOR64
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    #20  Edited By ManU_Fan10ne

    @wsowen02 said:

    @BoomSnapClap113 said:

    @Fawkes said:

    Friday?

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    #21  Edited By Kerned

    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

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

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    #23  Edited By sirdesmond

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

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    #24  Edited By MormonWarrior

    Wii U and 3DS: Now with more bananas.

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    #25  Edited By gelf513

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

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    #26  Edited By Athenor

    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  Edited By peppermario

    @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  Edited By jasonefmonk

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

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    #29  Edited By BrittonPeele

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

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    #30  Edited By paulunga

    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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    #32  Edited By jtm33

    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  Edited By DeF

    @Phatmac said:

    IT'S FRIDAY ALREADY??

    cue Rebecca Black ...

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    #34  Edited By Paindamnation

    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  Edited By Dagbiker

    @ManU_Fan10ne said:

    @wsowen02 said:

    @BoomSnapClap113 said:

    @Fawkes said:

    Friday?

    Its Friday somewhere...

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    #36  Edited By rand0mZer00

    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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    #38  Edited By hunttis

    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  Edited By Kyreo

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

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    #40  Edited By bkfountain

    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  Edited By drwhat

    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  Edited By fattony12000

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

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    #43  Edited By Dezinus

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

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    #44  Edited By optimusprime223

    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  Edited By MrMuscle

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

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    #46  Edited By KJ869

    @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  Edited By hugh_jazz

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

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    #48  Edited By Shaunage

    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  Edited By jtm33

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

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