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.