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Nintendo: Wii U System Update is now LIVE; New functionality detailed

Nintendo have released a new firmware update for the Wii U that allows Wii games to be played on the Wii U GamePad but all last-generation Wii software that are displayed on the Wii U GamePad cannot be controlled by the GamePad alone. A Wii Remote Plus or Wii Remote is required to play Wii software titles. As disappointing as this may sound, there are many complications to consider for why Gamepad functionality will not work. There are over 1200+ games for the Nintendo Wii and even though it would be a nice feature, it would require all Wii software controls to be reworked from the ground up with the Wii U Gamepad in mind. This would mean that Nintendo would have to talk to each developer to add this functionality.

Update: This system update is approximately 700MB, and depending on your internet connection, may take a significant amount of time to download.

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New Features:
A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode ― This will allow users to choose between outputing from the the TV, and GamePad
An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
Automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass®
Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software (Yes!)
Support for USB keyboards
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:
A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under “Power Settings” when Standby Functions are enabled
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.
An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under “Internet”
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:
Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login
Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent
Added support for viewing PDF files
Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
Improvements to system stability and usability:
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

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source: siliconera, mynintendonews

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