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Wii U Update 4.0.2 Released on Console's One Year Launch Date Anniversary

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
November 20, 2013|9:39 am

Wii U released system update 4.0.2 today, which is also the one year anniversary of their launch date.

The system update is now available to download on the console, but not much has been detailed about it.

"Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience," Nintendo announced.

Next month the 3DS will be getting a system update as well that will see the handheld get YouTube, the Miiverse, and a means of combining the 3DS funds with the Wii U's. To link the accounts, a gamer would just have to sign in both platforms with the same information when the update goes live.

The announcement was made last week at a Nintendo Direct conference that was live streamed on their site at 11 a.m. EST. Initially it was thought Nintendo would announce a slew of new games coming in the new year, but many feel this information is better.

Wii U also announced their Skylanders Swap Force bundle yesterday, which is now available for $299.

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The bundle includes the white 8GB console, Skylanders Swap Force game, Portal of Power, three Skylander action figures, and lots of stickers and trading cards from the series. Some bundles include a copy of Nintendo Land.

Wii U generally retails for $250 and the Skylander Starter kit for $80, so the savings for the bundle are clearly evident. The game, created by Activision, was originally just a toy line, but has now branched out to video games.

Wii U sales have spiked in Japan thanks in large part to the release of Wii Party U and its great opening sales numbers.
Wii U Party sold around 80,000 copies in its launch week in Japan. "Wii Party U is the first Wii U title to make it into the top 10 in a while," said visual studies professor at Ritsumeikan University, Akinori Nakamura, to Famitsu magazine. "Considering that the Wii U still has a while to go in terms of hardware propagation, selling nearly 80,000 copies in the first is a pretty decent number."

In the first week of November alone, Japan sold 40,000 Wii U units, a 1,500 percent increase. In September they only sold about 1,000 a week, according to Polygon.

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