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Wii U Day One Patch Becomes Launch Day Embarrassment

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Jonathan Lester
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Day-one patch, Embarrassment, Nintendo, Update, Wii U

Wii U Day One Patch Becomes Launch Day Embarrassment

Users Report Laborious Install Times & Bricking

The Wii U launched last night in the United States, and the jury is still firmly out on whether Nintendo's new console is a must-buy or a wait-and-see proposition.

However, everyone seems to agree that a massive mandatory day one patch is causing users no end of grief; from wasted time to broken consoles.

As we previously reported, over 5GB of the Wii U flash memory will be taken up with system data, most of which is a colossal day-zero firmware update. This patch adds backwards compatibility, MiiVerse, the internet browser and more core features that were promised as part of the basic Wii U experience. Sadly, most early adopters are reporting that it takes over an hour to download and half an hour to install - with no option to pause or delay the process.

LA Times reporter Ben Fritz tweeted a worrying piece of advice to fellow consumers: "Warning: don't unplug your Wii U during the 2 hour plus software update or the console stops working." Apparently, according to GI.biz, you've got no choice save to watch the process bar languidly snake its way across the screen for two hours. Perhaps you could play your PS3, Xbox 360 or handheld while you wait? Sarcasm aside: be sure to leave the process be.

Speaking to Polygon, Nintendo marketeer Bill Trinen explained the massive day one patch away as a necessary evil, and a way for Ninty to work on the firmware up until the last minute.

“They’re craftsmen. And as craftsmen, they want to use every last possible moment to continue to make things the best that they can possibly be,” he said of Nintendo's software engineers. “If it’s live the moment [consumers] bring the system home, that’s what really matters."

Interestingly, TVii isn't included with US consoles yet.

The Wii U releases in the UK on November 30th. I eagerly await the opportunity to judge it - and its launch - very soon.

Add a comment7 comments
ValueForMoney  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:09

2 hours is hardly the end of the world for an update with that amount of content. If it was 8-10 hours+ then there might be cause for concern. This is hardly a newsworthy issue.

JonLester  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:13

2 hours is hardly the end of the world for an update with that amount of content. If it was 8-10 hours+ then there might be cause for concern. This is hardly a newsworthy issue.


"Content" that was promised as a core part of the experience - stuff like MiiVerse and backwards compatibility. Content that isn't actually included unless you connect to the internet, download the patch, and wait.

If you don't wait, your console might get bricked. If you do, 5 out of 8 GB of flash memory is taken up with features that should have been included in the first place.

With respect, I think a few people might be interested to know. If only to make sure that they don't try and pause the download/install.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:50
wightmad  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:41

If you don't wait, your console gets bricked.


How definite is this? There is only one instance of this cited in the article, and this may have had other causes.

A case of unnecessary, tabloid-esque scare-mongering perhaps?

JonLester  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:50

@wightmad: I assume that the affected parties interrupted the firmware flashing procedure and installation rather than the download. That said, I have changed the wording - thanks.

Again, the point here is that you shouldn't interrupt the installation process - and to be aware that much of the Wii U's core features aren't actually available unless you take extra steps.

Last edited by JonLester, Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:53
Quietus  Nov. 19, 2012 at 12:56

They could probably have saved a lot of space if they didn't include all of the pointless Mii crud and other features. Have a base install, which sets your machine up as a games console, and have the rest of the crap as optional extras that users can download if they're interested.

imdurc  Nov. 19, 2012 at 13:13

And if you don't wait, your console gets bricked.

With respect, I think a few people might be interested to know. If only to make sure that they don't try and pause the download/install.


In this day and age, it's amazing if people still don't understand that a firmware update requires power to the device during that process. The amount of devices I've updated the firmware on has always warned about power loss during an update, or even turning the unit off before it's finished. If people don't take notice, on their own head be it.

Tsung  Nov. 26, 2012 at 09:04

Try telling your children "Only 2 hours to wait" after they have unwrapped their new toy. See how long that feel like, imagine what it must feel like to the child.

Does the update process give any clear indication anything is happening (apart from a progress bar which might not be making much progress). If not I could imagine people unplugging their console not understanding they risk bricking it (or even understanding what bricking it means).

I can think of many reasons why people cannot wait 2hrs for the update and would consider unplugging their console to do the update later on when they have more time.

To be honest this is very poor show by Nintendo.

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