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Wii U is rising from the dead for the first update in years

Here’s some news that almost no one of us expected to hear today: The Wii U received a firmware update. Most of us probably thought Nintendo had put the Wii U behind, and the content to move forward from this failure and focus all of its efforts on the more successful Switch. This firmware update shows us that Nintendo is still paying some attention to its outdated console, although admittedly the firmware update the Wii U received isn’t a major thing.

People more than Nintendo Live It spotted the firmware update, stating that this is the first time the console has been updated since September 2018 – nearly two and a half years ago. What do Wii U users get for that long wait? An update that introduces “Improvements to System Stability and Usability”.

Nintendo has always been very vague with its patch notes and it looks like they are no different here. The company has made it somewhat clear, stating that “more improvements have been made to the overall stability of the system and other minor adjustments to improve the user experience”, but this is still not very specific.

On Twitter, Nintendo dataminer OatmealDome dived into the update to see what changes it contains. They say the update changes some of Nintendo’s SSL verification codes, but after that, it looks like it doesn’t do anything important. It also doesn’t break the home beer, which is good news for those of you who keep a Wii U to play home beer games.

So, just like that, the Wii U is back in the news cycle. It wouldn’t be surprising if this was the last firmware update the Wii U received before Nintendo pulled the plug, but for now, the trapped console is working.

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