Top 10 Fixes for Wii U Freezing, Errors, Can't connect to eShop, Nintendo Land Freeze, No LED light, and more

Over the last year, the Wii U has become a very popular console. Despite fierce competition from Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo found a niche of gamers that prefer their console and the style of their games.

With any console, there are technical issues that can prevent users from playing their games. Read on for some of the more popular issues on the Wii U and some tips on how to fix them.

1# Failure to log in with existing Nintendo ID after update

FIX – There isn’t one. Well, there isn’t anything that you can do anyway. When this happens, it is a sign that the servers are overloaded because everyone is updating, and that is why you cannot sign in. Just wait a few hours and then try again.

TIP – Wait a few days before you do the software update.

2# Wii Games are not working properly on the Wii U

FIX – Wii games are only playable on the Wii U with a Wii remote. They will not work with the Wii U game pad.

3# The Wii U does not recognize an external hard drive

FIX – Nintendo recommends that you only use external hard drives with an AC connection. The Wii U will not recognize a USB thumb drive.

4# Issues with loading the YouTube App

FIX – Nintendo are currently working on a fix for the YouTube app as it currently hangs in the loading stage. In the meantime, they are suggesting that users use the web browser for YouTube

5# Nintendo Land Freezes on the load screen

FIX – Delete Nintendo Land’s update data and then set the Miiverse to English only and you should notice that Nintendo Land loads fine after that.

6# Can’t connect to the eShop on Wii U after sync of account with 3DS

FIX – This is not something that you can fix. The eShop servers are probably down and it is just a coincidence that you have synced the account. Wait a few hours for the eShop to go back online. If the problem persists, you might have to contact Nintendo.

7# Error Code 102-2501

FIX – This error code means that your Wii U account has been deleted. People that have bought second hand consoles might experience this when the original owner wants their ID transferred over. Yours might be sent instead. Just contact Nintendo and they will transfer your ID back to you.

8# Wii U Gamepad won’t turn on or charge

FIX – This is a common issue with Wii U game pads and often occurs when it has been left on charge for too long. The fix is to unplug it for 15 seconds and then try again. If that doesn’t work, unscrew the back of the pad and unplug the battery for a minute. Plug the battery back in and it should work. This also works for battery drainage problems.

9# Wii U freezing when loading certain games

FIX – To fix this, you need to delete the game update and then re-download the game. Do not delete the save data as this will delete your progress within the game.

10# Wii U suddenly turning off with no LED Light

FIX – This is a problem with the AC adapter. Try the AC reset where you unplug from the wall and the console for 10 seconds, plug it back in and see if it works. If not, you will need to ask Nintendo for a replacement AC adapter.

We hope that this troubleshooting guide helped you have a smoother Wii U experience. If you continue to experience issues with the console, we encourage you to discuss in the comments section below.

Quick Guide: How to Fix Mario Kart 8 Connection Errors

A common issue that’s been popping up in Mario Kart 8 is its connection problems. To fix this, you just need a bit of router know-how and a few clicks of a button. Don’t worry, just follow these simple instructions to get you up and running in Mario Kart 8.

Update: This is also known to fix the Error Codes 118-0520, 118-0519 or 118-0516
  • You will need to obtain your Wii U’s IP address by accessing your router. You do this by entering your router’s IP address in the address bar of your internet browser.
  • You will find your Wii U IP address when you check the connected devices in your router settings. Probably under DHCP.
  • IP address will be the same as your router IP apart from the last bit e.g if your router ip is your Wii U IP address might be depending on how many devices you have connected to your router.
  • Once you know the Wii U IP, click on DMZ menu option. Enable DMZ and enter the Wii U’s IP.

All should be good. From the research I have done this is a common problem with Belkin routers.

Still having connection issues? We recommend going through our other guides:

Mario Kart 8: First Impressions

PokemonYouTube and Megamanmushroom666 are only some of the users who were able to nab an advanced copy of Mario Kart 8 at SEARS this week. From their initial feedback, Nintendo’s highly anticipated flagship racing game seems to be worth the wait, featuring smooth graphics, very refined controls, balanced items, stutter-free gaming, and rewarding, skill-based gameplay.

On graphics:

Remember that demo you played on Gamestop? Well the game looks even better than that. It looks so much better on my TV.

Item balance:

And I love the item balance, whenever I am in first, second, or third I feel very safe. On the other hand when I’m behind the pack it is very hard to catch up. Previous games have had this backwards.

Online play:

I played online and I am pretty much the only American playing and boy it runs so smooth. I have not experienced any lag whatsoever and I had plenty of 10-12 player matches, the game plays like a dream.

Gameplay and skill:

In other words, in this game everything counts, it finally feels like you need skills more than anything. Hitting all those jumps, boosts (starting boost), hitting all those drifts, it all matters. There’s times I’m in first, I’m doing everything perfect and I can’t see anyone behind me, but then I’m drifting and accidentally hit the wall for a second and I feel the person right behind me. It feels amazing to hit and do everything perfectly.

Track design:

I’ve beaten the first two cups so far and some of the tracks are downright fantastic. Thwomp Ruins, Toad Harbour, Twisted Mansion and Shy Guy Falls were great.

With such positive feedback from early users, Mario Kart 8 seems to be a title that delivers on its promise. Get ready and set for the coming weekends Mario Kart 8 marathon!

Mario Kart 8 Spoilers found in leaked guide photos, shows simplified gameplay

Here are some interesting “enhanced” features of Mario Kart 8 found by WaLuigiTails in a paperback guide that was delivered to a nearby store. So, do you think Mario Kart becoming easier to play over the years?

  • CPU can never pick up triple red shells
  • Last place can not receive Lightning bolt
  • To get 3 star all you need is 60 points (1st place all races)
  • Unlocks are at 50 coins until 1000 points, after that it’s 100 per unlock
  • Grumble Volcano has a new shortcut after lap 3
  • You have to win a cup with each character for 30 stickers and beat 32 staff ghost for the other stickers. The other 28 are already earn by starting the game.
  • You can’t pull a star the first minute of battle unless you’re on frantic and have only one balloon

Here are the actual photos of the guide:

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This Week in Gaming: Anticipated Releases from May 25 to May 31, 2014

Here are all the games being released this week, broken down according to the Platforms, Release Date and Genre for each game as well as a brief description for anticipated releases.


Watch Dogs

  • Platform: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you by manipulating everything connected to the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy…and more.


ibb and obb

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Indie, Action, Adventure
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

ibb & obb is a two player cooperative game set in a puzzle filled world where gravity goes both up and down. You can only succeed by working closely together. Find a friend for some true local co-op couch fun or match up online.


Monster Monpiece

  • Platform: PS Vita
  • Genre: Card game
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

Monster Monpiece is a card battle game where users collect virtual cards and use them to battle foes. Battles are turn-based and take place on a 7×3 grid in which cards can be placed. During a player’s turn, he or she can drag and drop monster girl cards onto the grid field to activate them. The game contains over 100 different cards divided into four types, and not all of them are “monsters”. The four types are melee, ranged, healer, and booster. The game utilizes an “extreme rub” system to seal cards: “Poking, rubbing, and touching” the Vita’s screen will bring up the sealing mascot and remove the character’s clothing in stages, “from thick clothes to lightly dressed to skimpy bathing suit.”


Insanity’s Blade

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Arcade, Action, RPG, Platformer
  • Release Date: May 27, 2014

Take a father’s journey to hell in order to save the souls of his wife and child. Insanity’s Blade: The Chronicles of Thurstan is the first in a series of games based around the journey of a sword possessed by a fathers powerful grief and hatred. This first game is the tale of the swords creation.


Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations

  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Real-time Strategy
  • Release Date: May 29, 2014

Prepare to be showered with gold and possible trade tariffs as Europa Universalis IV gets a ‘Wealth of Nations’ DLC expansion on 29 May. This is the second major expansion for EUIV after Conquest of Paradise and adds features to that most confusing of areas; trade.


Mario Kart 8

  • Platform: WiiU
  • Genre: Racing
  • Release Date: May 30, 2014

The newest feature for the series is anti-gravitational segments that not only allow for more dynamic track design, but also for racers to drive across walls, ceilings, and other seemingly unusual places. When in anti-gravity, if a racer bumps into another racer, the kart spins rather than just bumping and both racers receive a speed boost. This technique is called “spin boosting”.