Wii U System Update 5.0 Adds Quick Launch Feature

Wii U quick launch featured added with patch 5.0
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As promised in previous Nintendo Direct videos, Nintendo has just pushed patch 5.0 to Wii U owners to add the new “quick launch” feature. This addition allows players to quickly skip the main menu of the console and load recently played or installed software instantly.

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On top of the “quick launch”, the patch also added a new notification system to the console. The Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) will be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down, and also in the “quick launch” menu

Lastly, the console will now update on its own while in standby mode. The Wii U uses the least amount of power in standby mode, so don’t be afraid to leave your console plugged in for these updates. 

You can read the full patch notes below:

Version 5.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

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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