- A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
- Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu *1
- Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
- Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
- GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu*2
Changes to Standby Functions:
- System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby
Changes to the Wii U Menu:
- The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
- The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
- This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen
Changes to System Settings:
- Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
- Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options
Changes to the HOME Menu
- A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu
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) The Quick Start Menu is only displayed when the Wii U GamePad POWER or HOME Buttons are pressed. Other controllers, such as the Wii Remote Plus and Wii U Pro Controller, will continue to power on the Wii U
(*2) Wii U GamePad Alerts are different from the notifications received via the Wii U Notifications feature. Wii U GamePad Alerts settings can be changed via Power Settings located in System Settings.
Nintendo has confirmed that from 29th May (the Japanese release date) to 1st June, Mario Kart 8 has sold more that 1.2 million copies around the world. To put that into some context, that means it's almost — already — the sixth best selling Wii U game to date, as Nintendo's most recent financial results showed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD in that position with 1.22 million sales since its release last year. The big N has also highlighted that the first seven entries in the series have combined for just over 100 million sales, with massive numbers for Mario Kart DS (23.56 million) and Mario Kart Wii (35.53 million) being joined most recently by Mario Kart 7 (9.62 million). Nintendo's latest results also had the Wii U hardware userbase at 6.17 million units, though in the UK alone the release of Mario Kart 8 has brought a dramatic increase in system sales.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say in the announcement:
The early response to Mario Kart 8 demonstrates that the best days for Wii U are still ahead. This year’s E3 is just days away, and it will be all about the future games for Nintendo platforms. This milestone is a great place to start!