Wii U Can Now Play Wii Titles On GamePad, But There’s A Catch

By Ishaan . September 30, 2013 . 7:21pm

Nintendo have released a new firmware update for the Wii U that allows Wii games to be played on the Wii U GamePad. The catch is that you can’t use the GamePad to control them, and still need to use a Wii Remote.

 

Here’s a full list of features the update adds:

 

New Features:

  • A feature to output video and sound to the Wii U GamePad when using Wii Mode¹
    • Users can choose to output to the TV and GamePad, or just the TV
  • A feature to automatically receive recommended software and demo titles from Nintendo using SpotPass
  • Support for USB keyboards
  • An option to disable use of a Nintendo Network ID on non-Nintendo hardware, such as PCs and smartphones
  • Support for Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound when playing Wii software

 

Changes to Wii U Menu:

  • Added a friend list icon to the Wii U Menu for easier access to the Friend List

 

Changes to System Settings:

  • An option to automatically receive recommended software is now available under “Internet”
  • A setting to select which cable outputs sound is available through “TV”
    • Users can choose to output sound through an HDMI cable, non-HDMI cable, or both cables at the same time. Click here for instructions
  • A setting to adjust the hourly interval in which standby functions are performed is available under “Power Settings” when Standby Functions are enabled

 

Changes to Wii U Chat:

  • Added the option to view a friend’s profile on Miiverse when sending or receiving a chat request
  • Users can now chat using a headset connected to the Wii U GamePad

 

Changes to Internet Browser:

  • Pressing the R or L Buttons on the Wii U GamePad will skip video playback forward/back a small amount of time
  • Holding the R Button will speed up video playback
  • Ability to save username and passwords for websites that require login²
  • Ability to launch the Internet Browser during gameplay and upload screenshots
  • Added support for viewing PDF files³
  • Added features intended for website developers that allow the user to enable developer tools and set user agent

 

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

 

¹ Wii software displayed on the Wii U GamePad cannot be controlled by the GamePad. This feature only allows Wii software to be displayed on the GamePad. A Wii Remote Plus or Wii Remote is required to play Wii software titles.

² Users can delete saved usernames and passwords from the Internet Browser settings.

³ Sometimes data may not be displayed correctly depending on the size and format of the PDF file. PDF files cannot be saved.


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