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Wii U system update released, improves 'overall system stability' [Update]

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Nintendo released a new system software update for the Wii U today, bringing the console's system software to version 2.1.0 U. According to Nintendo's support website, the update ushers in "Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience."

The latest update to Nintendo's new console comes a few days before the system is due to launch in Japan.

Like the original day one Wii U system software update, the substantial download appears to take about an hour or more to download and install depending on the connection. We downloaded the update in just under an hour and — as advertised — noticed no major changes to the Wii U's behavior.

The Wii U's previous system software update added a slew of features on day one, including Miiverse, the Nintendo eShop, Wii U Chat and the Wii to Wii U system transfer utility.

Polygon has contacted Nintendo of America for additional details on the system software update.

Update: We've run a few tests on two Wii U's and according to our stopwatches, it appears that a few apps have had their load times reduced by as much as five seconds. The load time differences seem to vary over multiple tests, making it hard to quantify any specific improvements.