The Wii U update that hit over night didn't just cut down on load times by as much as a third, it also added a couple of neat additions like background downloads, the ability to drop straight into the Wii's menu on boot-up and some settings tweaks.
Once the update is installed, users will be able to install games and applications from the Nintendo eShop in the background while other software is being used. If a Wii U is still downloading software when you power it off, it will go into standby mode until the downloads and installations are complete, and then turn off automatically once done. Users can also control the priority of their downloads now, when downloading multiple items.
The update also added the ability to transition straight into the Wii menu on boot up by holding down the B button on the Wii U GamePad while the Wii U logo is still being displayed.
Other improvements include the ability to transfer and copy data between two USB storage devices in Data Management, an improved account selection when powered on the system which displays Nintendo Network IDs, a undo/redo button being added to the Miiverse drawing input screen and the ability to adjust TV screen size output in System Settings.
The most noticeable change, though, was the improvement of load times to start the console, launch apps, return to the menu and jump between apps and software. Polygon's video test showed improvements by as much as 33 percent.
"Wii U continues to grow and evolve with new features that make it a better experience for everyone," Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO said in a prepared statement. "Now owners can navigate to their favorite games and services even faster, or play some of their favorite classic games."