New Wii U system update 5.0.0 now available, adds Quick Start Menu and GamePad alerts

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The next time you turn on your Wii U you’ll be prompted to download a major new firmware update that introduces the Quick Start Menu to speed up game launching and GamePad alerts allowing you to receive special notifications from Nintendo even when your console is powered down.

Other new additions include the ability to set system updates to automatically install once they’ve been downloaded in standby mode, and to switch accounts from the User Settings screen.

Here are the patch notes for Wii U system update 5.0.0 in full:

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
  • 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

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

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Source: Nintendo Everything

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