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.