Nintendo has released a brand new Nintendo Wii U firmware update 5.5.5 U. The changelog to this update mentions stability as the only improvement.
While this year will mark the 4th anniversary of the Nintendo Switch, the company still remember that they had released a Nintendo Wii U. They have rolled out an update to further improve the stability and performance of the console, which is just a codeword to say that they are introducing ways to curb piracy on the system.
The official website of Nintendo Wii U support mentions this new firmware update 5.5.5 U and the following changelog for it.
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.
If you still use your console, you will be likely prompted to download this update. If you are interested in homebrew, then it is best to avoid updating, for now, otherwise, this update doesn’t appear to add anything meaning to the console itself.
Wii U firmware version 5.5.5 has been released for all regions.
Official patch notes state “stability” as the sole change.
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Those in the homebrew scene do suggest that a change was made to the core OS component so Nintendo could have fixed any loophole or exploit that makes their console homebrew-ready, but we have to wait and see what is actually included in this update before arriving at this conclusion.