If you’re one of the lucky ones to get your hands on the Nintendo Wii U, then you’ve run into the huge, HUGE, system update when plugging the internet up to the console. The update, depending on your internet service, can take between two and five hours to complete.
The downside is you need this update to get half of the features on the Wii U. For the system to play Wii games, you need the update. Wanna download some games? You need the update. Wanna use Netflix? Again, you need the update. There’s no way around it, you have to download the update.
There’s a second downside to the update. You can’t stop the update once it’s started. There’s no cancel button, so when you agree to the update you’re stuck there until it’s finished. Plus, if your system gets shut off for any reason, your system will be bricked. One guy learned this the hard way, turning the console off during the update, only to have his Wii U become a large paperweight.
Nintendo has warned against turning the console off during the update, but that’s just not enough for most people quite frankly. It’s also understandable that when gamers see that big of an update, with those time estimates staring them down, they’d wanna wait until later to do the update. It’s not like an Xbox 360 update that takes a few minutes, this puppy takes a few hours!
Unfortunately, future Wii U owners will have to face down the same problem when they get their systems. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the update won’t be built directly into the system until early next year. Those console wouldn’t roll out until sometime in the Spring or Summer.
“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,” Fils-Aime said to Gamasutra.
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President, has recently apologized for the update inconvenience. He said he believes customers “should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box.” He’s right.
The update can’t be skipped, but at least it’s the only one planned (for now). If you’re holding onto a Wii U for Christmas, spend a few hours late at night getting this update out of the way before the kids sit down to play.
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