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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologised to early Wii U adopters for being forced to download a major day one update, and for particular functionality being unavailable at launch.

"I always and strictly tell Nintendo employees never to use the term 'success' to describe our own performance," Iwata told IGN.

"If we call a result of any of our efforts a 'success'... we might apply it as the standard for success for future projects as well, and we could wind up not trying to do better than that or not making something which is very different in nature."

He continued: "So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware's launch."

One missing feature, Nintendo TVii, is due to launch in Japan early next month and in the UK in early 2013.

Nintendo TVii lets users use the GamePad to display additional information about the television programme they're watching.

Early adopters in the States have complained about the large day one update, with some users bricking their console after powering them off during the installation process.

Nintendo has warned consumers that Wii U's day one system update "could take an hour or more to download and install," and advised that the console "must not be turned off" during the process.

Wii U launches in the UK at midnight tonight.

Source: IGN

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Woffls@ munkee

This is a good idea. Anyone with a receipt for a Wii U should be able to walk into a retailer right now and pick up a disc with the update on it. Mine took about an hour to download, but the installation time was fine so having physical media would solve this problem pretty swiftly.

Still. compared to PS3 updates it's okay trollololol ;D
Posted 13:13 on 29 November 2012
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CheekyLee@ munkee

There is nothing dangerous about the update itself, just that it takes a while to download being 1GB + in size. Not to mention the servers being hammered due to everyone trying to get it at the same time. And, since we are talking about console buyers, the little bit of patience it would take to just allow the whole update to download was apparently too much for some, and they took it upon themselves to turn their Wii U off during the update process. You know, despite having been warned not to do stuff like that for at lest THE LAST 10 YEARS.

I can definitely recall waiting a ridiculously long time to update my PS3 when I first bought it, not to mention some games pushing their updates to me at speeds comparable to pigeon post. It's just the way of the current online world, where only Valve and MS seem to understand the importance of network infrastructure.
Posted 13:09 on 29 November 2012
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VG_Dave@ BC_Animus

Nope. UK consoles require the day one system update, too.
Posted 11:35 on 29 November 2012
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rbevanx@ munkee

Aye no excuses.
Posted 11:03 on 29 November 2012
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Anyone knows if the non-American units are shipped with the systems fully updated?
Posted 10:39 on 29 November 2012
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As they are so apologetic I have come up with a simple and effective solution for this hefty and potentially dangerous update.

Ship CD's/DVD's to all retailers selling the console. These can be given to purchasers, or early adopters can walk in and pick up the disc. The disc contains the update.

Posted 10:24 on 29 November 2012
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