WiiU Firmware Information

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Latest version available: 5.0.0

vWii Homebrew Channel status: not affected by 5.0.0 Update
WiiU Mode Exploit status: Exploit affected Unknown by 5.0.0

June 02, 2014
Nintendo WiiU Menu 5.0.0 U/E/J
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.

March 31, 2014
Nintendo WiiU Menu 4.1.0 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user’s experience

Febuary 24, 2014
Nintendo WiiU Menu 4.0.3 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

November 18, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 4.0.2 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

September 30, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 4.0.0 U/E/J
Wii software
Added the ability to output to the Wii U GamePad a picture of Wii-only software
Wii-only software now supports Dolby Pro Logic II surround output

Functionality
Added functionality to automatically receive demos and software selected by Nintendo
The Wii U will check at one hour intervals for this, but it can be changed within the power settings if desired
Support for input by verified USB keyboards
Users can now choose whether to use Nintendo Network services from smart phones and personal computers
The Friends List is now available directly through the Wii U Menu
Wii U settings now allow you to receive software automatically, and change the sound output.

Wii U Chat
Wii U chat allows you to call using headsets connected to the Wii U GamePad
You can view the Miiverse profile of the user that you’re speaking with

Internet Browser
When watching movies in the Internet browser, you can fast forward or rewind through use of the L and R buttons on the Wii U GamePad
You can now save user name and passwords that you enter on any website.
Wii U GamePad screenshots can be uploaded to websites directly through the Internet browser, using the Wii U image posting tool.
Improved convenience and stability of the system

June 10, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 3.1.0 U/E/J
The standby functions will now regularly connect to the Internet when the Wii U is powered down to check for available SpotPass data or software and system updates
Further improvements to overall system stability and software compatibility

May 21, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 3.0.1 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

April 25, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 3.0.0 U/E/J
Loading times have been improved when switching between software or when returning to the Wii U menu.
Added the ability to copy and move data between USB drives.
The Wii U automatically installs newly downloaded software in the background while playing a game.
Software updates automatically can be downloaded (even without starting the software).
Wii Mode can be launched while the Wii U is starting up by holding the B button.
The Wii U will continue downloading and installing software even if the system is turned off.
TV ratio can be changed.

March 5, 2013
Nintendo WiiU Menu 2.1.3 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

December 4, 2012
Nintendo WiiU Menu 2.1.0 U/E/J
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience.

November 18/ 30/ December 8, 2012
Nintendo WiiU Menu 2.0.0 U/E/J
Added new Network features:
Nintendo Network ID creation and linking feature
“Miiverse” *1
“Nintendo eShop” *1
“Internet Browser” *1
“Friends List” *1
“Wii U Chat” *1
“Notification List”
“Download Management”
“Wii System Transfer” *2
Software update feature
USB storage device feature

*1 In order to use those features, you will need to register Nintendo Network ID.
*2 You can use this feature in Wii Menu.
*3 Update feature is available only for the software which has update data.

Release Software, 2012
Nintendo WiiU Menu 1.0.1/1.0.2 U/E/J (there appears to be 2 launch versions, assume it was a later batch produced had a later update to fix bugs)
First version of the Wii U System Software released:
Original shipped version

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