Wii U Update 5.1.0 Adds System Transfer Option And eShop Alternate Controller Support

The Wii U has had quite the rocky launch, but the software has been slowly getting better through constant updates. Each major update adds more functionality to the Wii U, like the recent 5.0.0 patch adding a Quick Start function for players who just want to get into the game or other recent apps without having to go directly to the Home screen.

Now, the latest 5.1.0 update available now adds two new features to the console, System Transfers and Alternate eShop Controls. Firstly, the Wii U to Wii U System Transfer functions just like the 3DS System Transfer. This allows you to move your linked Nintendo Network ID as well as your software and data from one Wii U to another.



The second feature, alternate eShop controls, does seem pretty interesting. Now, the Wii U eShop can be navigated with the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller. This feature is great for those who don’t care to use the Gamepad for the eShop, but it could also indicate something else.

While the System Transfer feature pretty cool, it is fairly niche unlike the obvious 3DS to 3DS XL/2DS System Transfer. This is purely speculation, but combining that with removing the need for the Gamepad with one of the console’s main features may indicate that Nintendo could be planning on releasing a new version of the Wii U, maybe even without the Gamepad. It’ll be cool to see if the company decides to go this route.