The headline you see above is not satire or clickbait. Nintendo has actually rolled out a brand-new system update for the Wii U, of all things. The update was deployed late in the evening on June 24, 2019.
This very unexpected update brings the system firmware to version 5.5.4. But of course, the question is: what does it actually include? Well, Nintendo was very kind enough to provide some official patch notes for this latest update.
Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
Yes, just what the Wii U needs—extra stability! Obvious sarcasm aside, this really is just the generic patch description that Nintendo tags to every one of the minor firmware updates for all of its systems. This includes a recent minor update for the Switch.
For context, the last time Nintendo rolled out an update for the Wii U was all the way back in early September of last year. It was surprising then, and it’s still surprising now. The fact that the Wii U is getting a system update well after it’s officially been discontinued and formally replaced by the Switch is almost comical, if not a little sad.
If you have your Wii U still plugged in and connected to the Internet, it should download the update automatically. However, if yours is like mine and tucked away somewhere in storage (mine is actually in another country), then at least you’ll have a prompt for new content whenever you decide to retrieve and power it on again.