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Day one Wii U buyers are being confronted with a huge mandatory firmware update which has left some users with a bricked console, numerous sources are reporting.

The update is said to be 5GB in size and is taking over an hour to download – obviously dependent on internet speeds and server load. Some users have reported the update taking so long to download that they've had to power off their Wii U mid-update only for the system to be bricked when returning power to the console.

"Warning: don't unplug your Wii U during the 2 hour plus software update or the console stops working," Tweeted Ben Fritz of the LA Times.

GTTV's Geoff Keighley also warned of the large download, stating on Twitter: "The Wii U firmware update is apparently about 5 gigs. No wonder it takes about an hour+ to download."

Not only are some users being left with broken consoles, but the large update is also filling the limited storage found on the 8GB models, making it impossible to install Nintendo Land.

Wii U will launch in the UK on November 30.

Source: GamesIndustry

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CheekyLee

Nintendo were quite happy for me to send my out of warranty (by at least 6 months) DSi to them, free of charge, when an update messed it up. The actual console still mostly worked, it just went to a black error screen something like 33% of the times I tried to play anything on it. They had no need to do that, but I was glad they did. I am sure that they will cover anything that is still in warranty, as every Wii U on planet Earth currently is.
Posted 14:51 on 19 November 2012
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Endless

Surely there's a factory reset key/button combination that users can do when turning the machine on to fix things like this?
Posted 14:02 on 19 November 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar

Bloodstorm

Don't use that trip switch then?
Posted 13:07 on 19 November 2012
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DancingRhino

So I have a dodgy trip switch that goes off at random times, what some are saying is screw you, it's you're own fault your 300 quid system melted down. Well cheers :D
Posted 13:03 on 19 November 2012
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dav2612

I'm with Clockpunk on this. Never trust a user not to do something stupid.
Posted 13:03 on 19 November 2012
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Clockpunk

Even so, the system should have a contingency in place to prevent this sort of thing - have a sep. download that perhaps unpacks every 100 mb or so, compiles into full install file as soon as final bit is downloaded, and install - any interruption will mean the process is simply resumed, rather than buggered.
Posted 12:56 on 19 November 2012
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Ghost5

The update is NOT 5GB. Its just over 1GB.

And MJTH is right... "Please do no not turn off console" does not mean "herpa derpa powah off lulz"
Posted 12:52 on 19 November 2012
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Clockpunk

The WiiU just keeps on copying its current gen rivals: RROD, YLOD, and now BBLOD (blue blinking light of doooooooooooooooooooooooooommm)!!

:p
Posted 12:19 on 19 November 2012
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MJTH

It is bad that the update is so large and so slow, but when you're in the middle of a mandatory update who really thinks it's a good idea to turn of the console. I can understand power cuts and stuff like that, accidental reasons, but if you do it willingly then that's not very smart.
Posted 12:10 on 19 November 2012