Wii U gets a super exciting (or not) firmware update after nearly 3 years

Wii U firmware update

Nintendo Switch has been extremely successful since is launch in March 2017. The hybrid console has outsold the Nintendo 3DS in less than four years, which is impressive considering how long the 3DS was on the market. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s previous home console, the Wii U, obviously didn’t meet sales expectations. Nintendo is focused on delivering new content to Switch, and the Wii U was left behind long ago. However, despite all that, Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the system. It’s nothing too exciting, but it’s interesting to see Nintendo continue to support a “dead” console.

This is the first Wii U update in nearly three years, with the last one being released in September 2018. Version 5.5.5 is now available to download and includes “Improvements to system stability and usability.” Here is the full description for what this Wii U update entails:

Ver. 5.5.5 U (March 1st, 2021)

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

The Wii U was a criminally underrated console, with some great first-party games. Recently, I plugged in my Wii U to replay some of my favorite Zelda games to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the series. Did you own a Wii U, and what was your favorite game?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.