Do you remember the Wii U? Apparently, Nintendo still does.
Despite more or less pretending the system never existed upon the release of the Switch in March 2017, the Big N released a firmware update (5.5.2 for those keeping score) to its last-gen console a few months later. And that, as they say, was that.
Hold on to your butts. Without warning, Nintendo has reattached the defibrillator to the Wii U for one last (?) jolt, updating the system’s firmware to 5.5.3 earlier today.
Is this cause to celebrate? Cause to care? Not really. As one would expect, the announcement of a firmware update to what is essentially a dead system features all the excitement of watching grass grow on drying paint. “Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience,” according to Nintendo. Sounds thrilling.
Let’s stop being precious for a moment, gamers. Anyone paying even a little attention can safely assume this seemingly out-of-the-blue Wii U update is the latest attempt by Nintendo to seal up some kind of exploit for hacking the system. The company’s recent high profile legal actions against several rom sites lead to another popular site removing all of its roms before any suits got thrown their way. Meanwhile, Nintendo seemed to have finally plugged a ponderously-large exploit that had allowed 3DS games to be downloaded free from Nintendo itself for years. This Wii U update is likely another part of this recent effort.
Do you want to update your system? If you find hacking repugnant, chances are it’s not a big deal either way. Just let the Wii U’s automatic update service do its thing. If you don’t want to update your system (for whatever reason. We’re back to being precious), it’s as easy as popping into the system settings and disabling automatic updates.
Is the Wii U firmware 5.5.3 update in your future? Let us know in the comments.
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.