Giant Day-1 Wii U Update Will Ship with Consoles in Spring

The Wii U's launch, though hauling in a respectable amount of sales, was anything but smooth. The first experience most users had after unboxing and setting up their Wii U was of a massive firmware update that provided most of the Wii U's online features.

Users experienced issues with bricking their console when applying the update. Its sheer size meant long downloads for users, who restarted their consoles, thinking that their consoles were experiencing freezing issues.

"Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers.

"That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That's why the system update was required on Day One - and this is quite similar to what's happened with other consumer electronic products," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime in regards to why the day-one update was necessary.

The good news is that the Wii U will start shipping with the firmware update installed. Unfortunately, this won't actually happen until Spring 2013, meaning that anyone who decides to purchase the console from now until then will be forced to sit through the long update. Hopefully, the glut of horror stories from day-one buyers who bricked their consoles will reach any potential buyers and prevent them from foolishly shutting off the console during the update.

 

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  • alidan
    kind of expected, you need to put it in from ground up, sucks for eairly adopters but thats the price you pay. you beta test it for us.
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  • ddpruitt
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    the glut of horror stories from day-one buyers


    Don't you mean one or two issues from morons?

    You could should the Wii down in the middle of the download, I did a couple of times without issue. On the other hand when the update was being applied you shouldn't shut it down, just like every other firmware update for every other device.
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  • Fokissed
    ddpruittDon't you mean one or two issues from morons?You could should the Wii down in the middle of the download, I did a couple of times without issue. On the other hand when the update was being applied you shouldn't shut it down, just like every other firmware update for every other device.

    Perhaps it was the unusually large amount of time it took to perform the actual firmware update. There was little progress indication so the console did seem frozen.
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