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New features released in Nintendo's 3.0.0 Wii U update

For those of you who own one of the company's latest consoles, Nintendo has officially released a new "major system update" for the Wii U. The 3.0.0 update brings a slew of tweaks to the system, including Nintendo's promise of "faster load times" when gamers switch between different apps on the Wii U as well as some general performance and stability updates.

Depending on the prowess of your Wii U wireless connection, it should take around an hour for the full update to transfer over to your system. The installation will kick up your unit to version 3.0.0 U, assuming that you get the automatic prompt to update your console. If not, you'll want to manually kickstart the update by hitting up your System Settings menu, selecting "System Update," and starting the process that way.

So, what else has changed?

Nintendo officially added a new "standby" feature to the Wii U that will allow the console to perform background downloads and installations while the system is powered off. Similarly, anything you purchase from Nintendo's eShop will now automatically start downloading in the background while you do various other things on your console. You'll also be able to prioritise any downloads you have queued up, just in case you really, really want to get your hands on a particular game before any others.

The Wii U will now allow you to connect two USB storage devices at once, and a new feature has been added to the console's "Data Management" screen that will let you copy data between the two USB devices. And, thank goodness, Nintendo has finally unlocked the ability to transfer, copy, or delete multiple Wii U games at once within the aforementioned "Data Management" screen.

Nintendo has also used this latest Wii U update to add support for its Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller within both the Miiverse app and Internet Browser – those owning a Classic Controller will also be able to use it within Miiverse as well.