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New Wii U system update lets you output Wii games to GamePad

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Nintendo's latest system software update for Wii U adds a host of new features, including the option to output the display of original Wii software to the Wii U GamePad's touchscreen.

Wii software played on the Wii U GamePad still requires the use of a Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus to play games, however. The Wii U GamePad simply serves as an optional second screen.

System software version 4.0.0 also adds the option to automatically download demos of recommended software through SpotPass, a new Friend List icon on the Wii U home menu screen and the option to allow your Nintendo Network ID to be used from other devices, like a smartphone or PC.

Other changes include the option to use a USB keyboard, changes to the Wii U web browser, Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound support for Wii software and system stability updates. More details are available at Nintendo of America's support website.

Nintendo will broadcast a new Nintendo Direct on Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.