Wii U Gets First System Software Update Since 2018 - Firmware Ver. 5.5.5 Details

A Wii U update in 2021!?

Well, here’s a story you didn’t expect to hear this morning. One of Nintendo’s biggest failures, the Wii U, has received its first software update since all the way back in 2018.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the long-defunct console, first, it was announced that streaming giants Netflix was closing down the native app on the Wii U and now, it’s receiving a system update for the first time in almost three years.

The Wii U’s last update

Prior to this, the last Wii U update was September 2018. Like today’s update, 2018’s provided minimal changes to the console and served more to keep it ticking along nicely.

Wii U Software Update 5.5.5 Details

Not much has been changed as part of the recent Wii U system software update but well-known leaker OatmealDome has shared the following information on Twitter:

Improvements to system stability and usability

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

It looks like there had been certain stability issues arising over the last few years, something which Nintendo has stepped in to fix. This is great news for the one person still playing their Wii U!

Port Everything to Switch

While the Wii U was undoubtedly a failure, some people, like myself, would suggest the system was criminally underrated. It spawned a ton of fantastic titles including Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Splatoon, Mario Kart 8 and so, so many more.

Thankfully, Nintendo is doing the right thing and giving players who didn’t own a Wii U the opportunity to play these games. Shockingly, the console only sold 13.5 million units (the Nintendo Switch is now over 70 million) so porting these games across is great for those who missed out.

Now Nintendo, it’s time to port Wind Waker HD and Nintendo Land and we are groovy!

Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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