Nintendo has confirmed that the spring system update for the Wii U will arrive next week, shortening loading times when switching between applications or returning to the Wii U Menu. The following day, Wii U will finally get a Virtual Console of its own, along with the free Panorama View application.
Spring System Update
In addition to addressing load times, the Spring System Update will also deliver new features, such as the ability to copy data between two USB hard drives, automatically install new software that's been downloaded in the background, and automatically receive game updates without running the software. Also, the Wii U will now continue downloading software in a standby mode if it has not finished before the console is shut off. The update will also allow Wii U owners to go directly into "Wii Mode" by holding down the 'B' button while the Wii U is powering on.
The day after the Spring System Update goes live, the Wii U Virtual Console will become available. At launch, it looks like Vitual Console titles will be limited to games released for NES and Super NES. However, Satoru Iwata did reassure fans that Game boy Advance games and Nintendo 64 games are still on the list, and would become available "in the future." Watch the sizzle reel below to see what's in store.
Like the Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo's virtual tour guide will also be available the day after the Spring System Update goes live. Panorama View is a completely different experience than what is presented in Google's Street View application on Wii U. Available as a free demo from the eShop, Panorama View will take users on a 360-degree virtual tour of "some of the world's most exciting destinations" right from the comfort of your living room. Full tours include Kyoto rickshaw sightseeing, a bird's-eye view of the Italian countryside and the Carnival Parade in Rio. Unfortunately, each tour will cost $2.00. Skip to the 17:40 mark in the video below to see Panorama View in action.