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New Wii U update available in North America tonight

A new update for the Wii U is up on the eshop, and it’s a rather important one. New features like playing Wii games on the Gamepad and taking 720p screenshots are now on the Wii U.

I was slightly confused with the update, because it initially seemed as though you could play Wii games on the gamepad alone. You actually still need a Wii remote to play them, so it more so acts like a mini TV than a controller. Still, there’s a convenience in being able to sit at the computer playing Sin and Punishment 2 or No More Heroes. The feature works well. The games on the Wii U gamepad look clear, and the motion controls handle just fine.

You now also have the ability to take 720p high definition screenshots, and can upload them to sites like Twitter and Facebook, as opposed to be limited to Miiverse. Other new additions include the ability to automatically receive software updates and demos, headset chat support for the Wii U gamepad, surround sound for Wii games, use of Nintendo Network on devices such as Smart Phones and Computers, and so much more. Be sure to watch the Nintendo Direct tomorrow as well, as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will likely have more to say about the new update, not to mention all the 3DS and Wii U announcements along the way.

Source: NeoGAF

About Christopher Deleanides

Well, my name's Christopher Deleanides as you all know and I'm the Nintendo Editor here at BG. I've been playing video games since 1992, and I've been a Nintendo fan the entirety of those years. My love for video games as well as Nintendo hasn't changed, and probably never will. The only thing that comes close is politics, as I'm very deeply involved in both local and international issues.

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  1. Downloading now. It is kinda crummy that you can’t just use the GamePad all by itself if a game doesn’t need motion controls, but I’m not gonna complain too much- basically for the reason you cited.

  2. Christopher Deleanides

    It is rather disappointing. Was really hoping to rock some Xenoblade on my desktop via the gamepad alone, but this ought to be a cool experience by itself. Who knows, we may very well get an update some day that mitigates the need for the Wii remote all together. So far they’ve made some rather significant changes with the updates. I’m anticipating what else they can come up with.

  3. That’s what I’m hoping for! And it’s funny you bring up Xenoblade, because that was the first game I thought of playing when I saw your post 🙂

  4. Christopher Deleanides

    Oh yeah? You a fan of Xenoblade as well Jason? I love that game, love it to death. It’s my all time favorite on the Wii. It’ll definitely be pretty cool to it on the pad, Shame we didn’t get more info on what will possibly be its spiritual sequel during the Direct. What on earth is taking Nintendo so long?

  5. Really. I didn’t play anywhere near enough of Xeno when it first came out and the off screen is gonna be a big time help to get back into it! Very happy about that!

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