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Feature: Wii U Launch Day, Live!

Posted by Nintendo Life Staff

It's a whole new game

So here we are, North America, your Wii U day has arrived. It's a Super Sunday, and some of you will be lucky enough to have a midnight launch, while others will need to have a good night's sleep and wait for the stores to open. Either way, you're first up for Nintendo's brand new system, so we expect you to be rushing home, impatiently twiddling your thumbs as the day one update installs, and then playing games, games and more games.

There are plenty of boxed games to look forward to, of course, and there'll be a juicy collection of eShop games to choose from as well. There's only one negative: at some point you'll need to plug your GamePad in for a charge.

Of course we're working on bringing you extensive coverage over the coming days and weeks, reviewing the launch library and dissecting every inch of Wii U's hardware and software. But today is about launch day excitement, the first day of a new era of home console from Nintendo. We have three team members who'll be sharing their launch experiences with you: Ron DelVillano (possibly gloating from a midnight launch), Joe Walker (who'll bring you a video later in the day) and Morgan Sleeper (picking his up and strapping it to his Vespa for the ride home).

They'll be updating the live blog below with thoughts and photos, and preceding posts with their initials so you can keep track of who's doing what. We also want to post your launch day photos and comments, so if you want to share your Wii U experience with the rest of the community email us — — and we'll pick the best photos and messages for the blog. Some of the posts throughout the day will also be tweeted, so follow us on Twitter for all of the launch day excitement.

So, here we go.

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Morgan - And that about does it for me tonight! I couldn't agree more with Joe, it's been a seriously great day!! A huge thanks to Joe & Ron for being the best live-blog Nintendo Life News team anyone could ask for, and an equally huge thanks to everyone reading at home for your comments and for letting us share our launch day excitement with you!! If you've got any more questions or requests keep 'em coming in the comments and we'll do our best to help you out! For now, goodnight Nintendo Life!! =)


Morgan - And here's how it shows up on the data management screen. I moved Hulu Plus to the USB drive and back again just to test it, very simple process!


Morgan - Just hooked up & formatted a 500gb USB drive with no problems at all - the little icon in the bottom left means it's connected & working!


Morgan - Having had a chance to play some 3-player Nintendo Land, I can totally vouch for the awesomeness of it all!! It's amazing how much fun it is to play digital tag! I've got one last thing to try for you dear readers before I call it a night, pics in a second! =)


Joe - Oh yeah, be sure to check out my impressions video if you haven't already!


Joe - Well folks, I've think I've said just about all I can say today. I've had an absolute blast with the Wii U. It's everything I wanted it to be and more. It's an incredibly charming console and you can't help but smile when you play. Thanks to Morgan and Ron for teaming up with me on this, and huge thanks to all of you for letting me share my launch experience with you! Long live Nintendo! Long live Wii U! Goodnight!


Joe - Showed my in-laws the system and Nintendo Land and they were VERY impressed. My father-in-law said Nintendo Land was more impressive than Wii Sports and that the Wii U was the greatest console upgrade he's ever seen. Take THAT, haters!


Joe - Having someone creating blocks on the GamePad in NSMBU makes for a chaotic time!


Morgan - Also, after playing far too much Wii U today I can confirm that the GamePad is way more comfortable than it has a right to be! I got a bit over 3.5 hours on my first charge & it's recharging now, but since the GamePad charger cable's 8 feet long I've had no trouble playing while it's charging!


Morgan - A nice Nintendo Land touch: after you play each attraction, the little photos scrolling by in the background are actually from your last playthru!


Morgan - Hey cool, I "yeah'd" that =D Miiverse really is a great little ecosystem, the Swapnote/Letterbox-style handwriting makes it a lot more personable than similar ideas! Also, Art Academy has obviously been working because there are some talented artists on there!


Joe - Wii U, where "unyeah" is a thing.


Morgan - Here's what Miiverse looks like in the wild! (Aww =D) Shout out to Matt, a fellow romantic!


Morgan - Make sure you check out Joe's brilliant impressions video ( ), and let us know if you've got any questions in the comments section! And don't forget you can email us your launch day photos & thoughts at, too! In the meantime we'll keep posting as we keep playing! =)


Ron - I noticed the music in the eShop too, Morgan! Very well done.


Morgan - Zelda & Pikmin are both great fun even with just two players!


Morgan - Here's a few pics of Nintendo Land co-op attractions!


Video - Joe's Initial Wii U Impressions


Morgan - Just played a game of Animal Crossing Sweet Day in Nintendo Land! Awesome!! Didn't notice my face showing up on the screen til it was pointed out to me! Lots of neat little surprises like that everywhere! =)


Joe - While the wife is shredding some delicious pulled pork I've got a first impressions video rendering...!


Morgan - Here's a pic of Chasing Aurora, it looks beautiful in action on the HD screen! I've noticed it's rather hard to soar and take pictures at the same time. Re-doing that level!


Morgan - Yes! Miiverse connection success!


Joe - The wife and I need a break, so we're stopping to catch our breath and make dinner. I'll be back with a short video with my initial impressions later!


Morgan - Chasing Aurora!


Joe - The Mii chatter on the WaraWara Plaza is incredibly charming.


Morgan - On the home screen, I keep thinking I'm hearing loquacious cats somewhere just outside my house. It's the Miis in WaraWara!


Morgan - My now populated friends list!


Joe - 526!


Joe - Mighty Switch Force HD is about 530 MB. I forgot to write down the exact filesize!


Joe - SO many, not no many! :s


Joe - There's no many neat little details and features on this system. It's really something special.


Morgan - Just had my Home button blink blue to tell me a friend's online!


Morgan - Once a game's finished downloading, you have to go back into Download Management and manually install it, and then it'll be added to the Wii U Menu.


Morgan - The download defaulted to the background and let me keep on shopping! You can check on progress in the "Download Management" section of the home menu.


Morgan - Walked into my room to get my credit card & ended up staying in there to buy the game on the GamePad, worked flawlessly ~20ft away from the Wii U and through a wall. Neat!


Morgan - eShop download sizes are shown in MB, not blocks! Very cool/helpful!


Morgan - eShop looks great & navigating it on the GamePad is way easier than the Wii Shop Channel or even the 3DS eShop. Coolest feature though? The awesome background music is split between the TV speakers and the GamePad speakers, each playing different parts! That's gotta be the coolest "woah" Wii U moment yet for me!


Joe - This just in: New Super Mario Bros U is an absolute blast! Film at 11.


Morgan - Except that I'm getting a Miiverse error at the moment, so I'll come back to that later! eShop adventure incoming, stand by!


Morgan - "Have fun in Miiverse!"

Thanks Nintendo! I'm sure I will! =)


Morgan - Setting up Miiverse now! You know, I fancy myself an "Expert" player but I really prefer the chick with the fork icon of "Intermediate"!


Morgan - Pulling out the stylus a lot, can't seem to bring myself to smudge the GamePad screen with my fingers! =)


Morgan - Up and running! WaraWara plaza looks great!!


Joe - New Super Mario Bros U has an update as well! It's short though.


Joe - The Wii U has a small white LED to indicate when there's a disc in the system. Handy if you plan on moving the console between rooms a lot!


Morgan - In the meantime, this just in: Wii U box is 100% bunny approved!


Morgan - Woohoo!! Update's finally downloaded, installing now!


Joe - GamePad battery is already crying uncle!


Joe - This is what the Wii U friends list looks like.


Joe - Can't connect to Miiverse, keep getting errors! Grrrr!


Morgan - Here's some of the interface and my lonely Mii, before I restarted the update!


Morgan - Menu & background music is all wonderful! Feels like I've just walked through the doors of a space-spa.


Morgan - Transferring my Mii from the 3DS! Protip: make sure you set yours to "Allow Copying" before you send it over!


Morgan - Wow, good news & bad news! Bad news is my system got unplugged while downloading the update, good news is it isn't bricked! =O More good news, got some pics of the interface & Mii transfer in the process, will upload in a sec & then get back to the update! =)


Joe - The rounded disc edges ARE awesome... they're oddly fun to hold!


Morgan - Also, rounded disc edges are awesome!


Joe - Popped in Nintendo Land, it has its own 10 minute update.


Morgan - And these games are gorgeous! Love the blue!


Morgan - I'm about 1/3rd of the way through the update, in the meantime I can confirm that Club Nintendo is live for Wii U game registrations!


Joe - Got my Nintendo Network ID set up... As you could probably guess, it's SpaceKappa!


Joe - Haha!


Joe - Oh Nintendo!


Morgan - signage!


Morgan - How bout some pix from the pick-up while I wait for the update? Here's a few early birds before opening, and lots more arrived as the doors opened, I'd say about 20 people there all together by the time I left!


Morgan - Just wanted to say I think it's really nice they put Nintendo Land in a proper box for the Deluxe set pack-in! The other Nintendo consoles I've bought with pack-in games (Mario Kart DS set & a Wii) both had cardboard packaging for the included games.


Morgan - Now a proud member of the Hurry Up & Wait club! This is a seriously beautiful system, btw!


Morgan - Setting up internet now, this stylus makes a huge difference in inputting a 32 character passcode!! =D


Morgan - Joe's right, the screen on the GamePad's amazing!


Joe - I can't get over how sharp the GamePad screen is. Naysayers who wrote it off for not being HD have definitely misdirected their complaints.


Morgan - Wow, the gamepad really does feel great!


Morgan - we have liftoff!!


Joe - Stop me if you've heard this one... A guy walks into a progress bar...


Joe - The game cases look great. The spines are like 3DS cases, all white with an icon and title. The color blue they used is gorgeous.


Joe - I took a Zelda-style picture and kneeling makes me look short!


Joe - Pro controller is so shiny I can see my reflection! It feels wonderful though. I was concerned that the analog stick/button placement would feel weird but it's very natural. Feels solid to hold, not too light or heavy.


Joe - Pro controller feels great!


Morgan - (It's large)


Morgan - If you need to protect yourself from rabid shoppers on Black Friday, this Wii U power brick has got your back! Just sayin'.


Morgan - taking its place among giants!


Morgan - out of the box!


Basic set! =D


Joe - My wife is totes excited for Epic Mickey 2, can you tell?


Morgan - Just home now, store experience was great! About to do some unboxing! =D


Joe - Any questions or photos you want to see? Let me know in the comments!


Joe - The update's gonna take a while, so time to do dishes. Morgan wins coolest Wii U launch photo.


Morgan - Success!!



Joe - Setup was a snap. Using the GamePad to control my TV and cable box is surreal. My wife and I knew it was going to work and still blew us away.


Joe - The charge cradle for the GamePad that comes with the deluxe system is going to be an invaluable accessory!


Joe - What everyone will see today!


Joe - We have liftoff!


Joe - Turning it on for the first time...!


Joe - Eagle to nest, the package is secure. I repeat, the package is secure!


Morgan - Wii U in hand!! =D not enough cell service to upload pics so ill send them when I get home - met lots f great Nintendo fans in line, lots of excitement for the new system!


Morgan - Made it to the store! No signage up but chatting with some Nintendo fans outside!


Joe - The first piece of Wii U signage goes up!


Joe - Standing right outside the door in an attempt to get them to open a few minutes early!


Joe - T-minus 30 minutes and we're still the only ones here!


Ron - When I woke up this morning I grabbed my GamePad and used it to turn on both my Wii U and my TV separately. It was awesome. Good luck, Morgan and Joe!


Morgan - Headed out to the store! =D Watch this space!


Morgan - James would be proud of my ceremonial outfit choice today, I think! =)


Morgan - I'll be picking up the Basic bundle today, so if anyone wants to see some pics of the Wii U in King Boo White, I'm your man!


Joe - But some guys at Starbucks just complimented me on having "the coolest shirt ever" so there's definitely Nintendo love in the air!


Joe - It's sad to see there's absolutely no Wii U signage outside this GameStop. This is big, people!


Joe - One hour until open at the Everett, MA GameStop and no line. I know for a fact they have a few extras, too!


And U will go riight here!


Morgan - Goooood morning Nintendo Life!! Ron was a hero last night, everybody give him a hand! I'm grabbing a breakfast of champions & clearing off some shelf space before heading out for the big day!


I'm up and getting ready to head out... just gotta decide what to wear! - Joe


Tom: Keep an eye out for Joe and Morgan's own Wii U Adventures soon, and maybe a well rested Ron will make a return, too.


Ant: thanks Ron! Get some sleep...


Ron - My body is ready... for bed.


Ron - Well, folks, that's it for me tonight. I know many of you will be out getting your own Wii U consoles tomorrow, but be sure to tune in tomorrow morning to hear how my dear friends Joe and Morgan fare in their quest to acquire consoles of their own. Should be quite the adventure for both of them!


Ron - No signs of virtual console games yet, but I suspect they'll be coming soon. I'll hold out hope for VC games soon.


Wii U eShop screen and a brief description for those of you wondering.

Ron - This is what the "Front Page" of the Wii U eShop looks like. It's different in layout, but it actually works a lot like the 3DS eShop. Tapping different games will bring up more info about them, and most have videos as well. There are also videos available for games that are coming soon, or are only available at retail.


Ron - Without loading up any actual Wii U games, that seems to be about it for now. A lot of the features have little nuances and things to explore, but everything is pretty straight forward. Was there anything specific that people want me to check for right now?


Ron - To play Wii games you have to launch an app called "Wii Menu." This basically causes the Wii U console to run an emulated version of the Wii software that shows the windowed menu that we all remember from the Wii. Kind of strange, but whatever works works.


Wii to Wii U system transfer - it's all or nothing!

Ron - According to the Wii U instructions regarding Wii system transfer "You canot selectively transfer individual pieces of data." Sorry, folks.


Ron - When you press the "Home" button on the GamePad you can access the Download Manager. It shows you what you're downloading in the background, but you can still run other games and apps while downloads are happening.


Ron - The web browser seems to work pretty well. A little faster than the 3DS, and you can choose to display on either the GamePad or both the GamePad and TV. Perfect for reading your favorite webcomics!


Ron - Have I mentioned how great things look in HD? The Wii U menus are all really crisp, and they don't look bad on the GamePad either!


Ron - Trine 2, Little Inferno, and Mighty Switch Force are among the available games thus far. Should be enough to keep gamers busy for a little while!


Ron - Checking out the eShop right now. Everything looks pretty good, but it's a little light on content. According to the shop, there are 45 downloadable items right now, but this includes videos and retail games as well. With any luck, it'll start to fill up pretty quickly.


Netflix is alive on Wii U! Still no Nintendo TVii thought.

Nintendo TVii isn't up and running yet, but the Netflix app is! Hulu+ and Amazon Instant should be good to go with a coming update.


Ron - After the update, I have 25 gb left on my 32 gb harddrive.


Ron - Miiverse looks a little barren right now, but it appears to be a notification center where you can add friends and send messages to other Wii U users. Should be pretty cool once more people get their consoles up and running.


Ron - loading up Miiverse. Details to follow.


Ron - about to transfer my Mii from my 3DS to my Wii U!


Ron - Update just finished! What could be next?!


Ron - Just folded and put away laundry that I've been avoiding during the system update. The Wii U is already changing my life for the better!


Ron - Good news, everyone! The initial wait time was just to download the update, now it's installing! Going MUCH quicker this time.


Ron - This update has given me plenty of time to think and reflect on life. I just remembered that I forgot to pick up more dental floss tonight. If I had to guess, the update is at about 92%.


Ron - Just kidding! We have way too much to cover still! I am putting on another pot of coffee though...


Ron - Well, it's late, and I'm going to head to bed now.


Ron - Still updating, but we're in the home stretch. I'm pretty excited to check out Miiverse and see what's on the eShop.


Ron - I hate to say it, but this update is still going. Hopefully future updates will be much quicker than this one.


Wii U game discs have full color art!

Ron - They look so good. It's the little things in life that matter. Can't wait to play!


Ron - If anybody has any Wii U questions for now, feel free to leave 'em in the comments section. I'll try to get to as many as possible.


Ron - D'oh!


Ron - Update is taking a little longer than expected. I'm using this time to register new Wii U games to my Club Nintendo account!


Ron - I just tried to take a picture of just the console, but I can't get one without absurd amounts of glare. Use your imaginations! Still downloading that update...


Ron - Just connected to the internet. Running an update right now. This might take a minute...


Ron - Looks like I can use the GamePad as a TV remote even when the Wii U console is off. Nice!


Ron - Almost all set. Nintendo gaming in HD? Don't mind if I do!


Ron - Still setting everything up. In case you were wondering, the black console is a fingerprint magnet


Ron - That's pretty much it as far as box contents go. Now I just need to clear some space to set it up. Please stand by.


Ron - Box 2, GamePad and Wii U console. You know, just the necessities.


Ron - Box 1, cables, cradles, documents, and Nintendo Land!


Ron - The entire contents, reminiscent of the Wii packaging.


Wii U unboxing! Feast your eyes!

Ron - The box, unboxed.


Ron - Just got home. Unboxing pics to come soon. Hold on tight!


Got my Wii U!

Ron - It came with a pretty sweet bag too! Now I need to get home and unbox!


Ron - Standing in line with this in my hand. Feels so good.


Ron - Sorry! Those last few updates were from me. Forgot to tag myself.


In the store! Plenty of Wii U consoles in stock!

Out of the cold and into the store. Soon... U shall be mine.


Decent line in front of me. Plenty of excited Nintendo fans!


Morgan - It does totally feel like Christmas Eve! Except it's that other kind of Christmas where Ron gets his presents 12 hours before we do!


Ron - I broke the barriers of both light and sound, but I have arrived. Now I hope they have a Wii U for me!


Joe - My adventure won't start until tomorrow morning, but space has been cleared on my entertainment center and now I'm just buzzing around like a kid on Christmas Eve!


Morgan: While Ron's tearing across the nation chasing down his pre-order (GO RON GO!) I'm at home getting everything set up for tomorrow morning! I know I've got a hard drive around here somewhere...


Ron - I've got a bit of a drive ahead of me, but I'll keep you all posted!


Off to a rockey start!

Ron here, kicking off the Wii U NL launch!


Uh-oh, trouble for our man Ron, being redirected to another store for midnight launch. He now has a fun drive ahead of him.

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User Comments (274)



Void said:

I'm in Oregon, so it's only 8:00 PM or so here... (Well, was, seeing as it's 9 PM now.)
So my Wii U might not get here by Thanksgiving even, and my Ducks lost, not a good day...



Megumi said:

Only a few hours left!!....For you guys...because I won't get mine until later this week. xD



WiiLovePeace said:

This is exciting! Though I'm not getting a Wii U at launch I'll still be enjoying its launch through your live updates, thanks NL! Can't wait for all the photos & videos so I can experience it all vicariously. Awesome!



HandheldGuru97 said:

Will be watching this space even though I am not getting my Wii U until (maybe) Thanksgiving which is my birthday. I really hope my Mom finds the Deluxe Set without. Though with out a pre-order I am a bit nervous still I live in Utah so there is a chance, I think!



SetupDisk said:

You can play while the gamepad charges but it might not be that easy for some room layouts as you need to plug it in to a power outlet. This is no problem with my setup though.



Discostew said:

The Gamestop I pre-ordered from won't open until 11AM PST, which at this moment is a little less than 15 hours away....



randomlypikachu said:

finaly only downside for me is im gona have to keep waiting till like christmas before i can get my hands on one



Jstar269 said:

Man, this looks like it will last quite a while even after the others catch up!



KingDunsparce said:

I'm trying to avoid my jealousy by replaying Portal 2 again, then playing some animal crossing, and tf2. It's not really working



AltDotNerd said:

The store I work at has an incentive program that awards 1$ everytime I respond to a customer setting of the security gates. Over the past year, I accumulated exactly $466.




Super-Mario-Fan said:

Im sure I will get my Wii U a long time after you guys get one but im fine with that At least I will be getting mine day one



pntjr said:

Hahahahaha have fun waiting in line, when you can get it later with no hassle!



Haxonberik said:

Ill be waiting for Christmas, I was too broke to buy it so I asked it as a present... Its already pre-ordered for safety´s sake though.



HaastMK7 said:

I would Kill to have a Wii U right now.
NA is so lucky. I hope NZ gets it soon.



StrawHatChopper said:

@pntjr I wish my GameStop was doing a midnight launch. It's all part of the launch experience. Hanging out with other fans of the things you love, there's nothing quite like it!



HaastMK7 said:

"Pretty much being surrounded by fellow fans in a mid-night launch for a console or game is like being at Armageddon, just smaller."



DarkLloyd said:

12.10am over here in canada i got till before 10 am since the store opens at that time and im going to stay up till i go there and get my wiiu hopfully im not super tired when i come back home with it only to pick it up and go home to sleep lol



Tsuchiya said:

Listening to AC/DC to block out childlike excitement.
No! It's in the Blops2 ad!
Good gawd. I am such a big kid.



WindWakerLink said:

Does anyone realize that: Two days after today, 11/20/12, makes it 1-year since Skyward Sword came out and the excitement for that game was CRAZY AMAZING! This time it's Wii U coming out & it's creating even more CRAZY-AMAZING excitement! With that in mind, I figure that the perfect tune for today is "Main theme from Skyward Sword." Here is a link to the tune for added AWESOMENESS!

[ ] {Hopefully, it works.}



DRL said:

Just picked up my Wii U and NSMBU. The Best Buy I went to had about 50-something units for sale. So much for that GameStop waiting list.



Knuckles said:

Does anyone know if Triforce Johnson got the 1st Wii U at the Nintendo Store in NY?



DarkLloyd said:

i got the OCT zelda treasure chest music recorded on my 3ds ready to play at the precise moment i grab my wiiu lol



Knuckles said:

Congrats Ron! Strap it in tight, and drive either nice and slow, or at the speed of light if you need to play it ASAP.



NImH said:

Success! Good stuff Ron! Have fun and don't sleep at all tonight.



HaastMK7 said:

There it is, they Wii U. Looks awesome.

Look forward to more awesome pics Ron.



DRL said:

Ron - that's totally me in the white hoodie in that pic from Best Buy.... small world.



DarkLloyd said:

system not release? lol hopfully thats not the case in the morning gotta get them coins for the system and games eh



HaastMK7 said:

@Ron Awesome, here is my FC


Look forward to sharing the excitement with you. Cannot wait till it comes to New Zealand!



FluttershyGuy said:

Going to pick up my Deluxe, NSMBU, and Pro Controller later this afternoon after some other mandatory business. It'll be my first time to get ANY console on launch day since Nintendo 64! So... 3rd & 6th Big N console on launch day. Going by pattern, my next launch day console will be the 9th Nintendo console like 16 years from now in 2028 (guess it'll be holograms or something ).

Oh yeah..."Let's start with LAUNCHpad McQuack."



CeroNavy said:

@Ron Is the gamepad heavy? you think is really confortable? gamecube controller or wii u gamepad?



Ron_DelVillano said:

@mudjo It looks really good. Very sleek, much like the Wii.

@Mayo With everything in it, a few lbs? With nothing in it, a few ounces? I'm really bad at guessing weights. Sorry!

@Cero The GamePad is surprisingly light. It's heavy enough to feel like there's something solid in your hands, but it doesn't bear down. It's difficult to compare to a GameCube controller because it's so different, but this is pretty comfortable.



Emaan said:

So I just played some Wii Sports to pass the time. Oh the nostalgia! Yes, nostalgia from a Wii game. It's all pretty crazy, but the Wii is now officially a thing of the past. Bring on the Wii U!



Mayonnaise said:

@ Ron did it take too long to set up other than the update that was needed and did you get any other games than Mario



Jstar269 said:

Is there a december system update coming to this too, as I just heard this update has Nintendo TVii in the december one



DarkNinja9 said:

tell us how long the update was O: would hate if its like 30 mins or so like on xbox -.-



Ron_DelVillano said:

@Mayo Setup was easy, I just needed to make space for it in my house. Forgot to do that earlier! And I've just got SNMB U and Nintendo Land for now.

@Jstar I'm definitely hoping for a December update. Can't wait for Nintendo TVii!



DarkLloyd said:

hey ron what does the touchscreen feel like because i have tiny bit concern about touching it before getting a protector for it as im unsure ebgames will sell it therefore i will have to wait a day or 2 to get one

@darkninja9 i dont recall updates taking 30 minutes lol



HaastMK7 said:

@Ron - What is Miiverse like? Mii want to know because I am hoping it comes to the 3DS, but it would be nice to find out some of its features.



SpaceApe said:

In NJ and no midnight launch at Gamestop here. No worries mine will be with after breakfast!



Jstar269 said:

Guessing the update is huge, (eShpo, MiiVerse, Wii U Chat) these are 3 BIG features right there. next update will take at most half the time its taking right now in december (Nintendo TVii, thats it for now.) I mean, maybe, if thats true. Not sure. :l



HaastMK7 said:

@Ron - Well it should be good. From what I saw on the LIVE STREAM it can get pretty crowded in the "Wara Wara" plaza



DarkLloyd said:

well guess i better get a screen protector before touching the screen then fingerprints be damned



tickling said:

@ron could you tell us what games are in the eshop to buy and a guide prices. im looking going on digital so the kids dont ruin the discs



CeroNavy said:

@Ron hahaha thank you I can't wait to get my wii u, I live in south america, I already preordered but it gonna came on my country in november 25 :S... is the wii u slow to open apps? and how much space did the update take from the memory?...



renaryuugufan92 said:

after the update we are suppose to have 3GB available for use in the basic set and 25GB available in the deluxe~

also Ron, once your Wii U is done updating could you confirm if Wii mode lets you use the systems memory, or if it has its own dedicated memory for virtual console games/saves and wii saves~ thanks for the answer when you can respond~ also i can't wait to get my Deluxe Wii U soon~



Ron_DelVillano said:

@Cero Unfortunately, the update is still running, so I can't attest to the size of it or anything like that. And I can't actually access other features right now while the update is running.

@tickling Check back tomorrow. We should have a list up on the site by then.

@renaryuugufan92 I'll see what I can do for you when this update gets sorted out.



FluttershyGuy said:

Aaaarrrggghhh! Can't sleep. Too excited! Need a Black Mage to cast "Sleep" on me. Please don't attack with sleep-inducing weaponry like Cat Claws (man, I hope Wii U gets Final Fantasy XV ).



Squiggle55 said:

Yeah my wal-mart seemed to have plenty of consoles for everyone there even if they didn't preorder.



3DS_excel said:

An hour+ initial update. I'll be sure to start this off and leave the game pad charging and go and walk the dog or something Just under 2 weeks to wait!



NIN10DOXD said:

Got it but cant open til christmas:/ thought I was gonna get shanked seeing as my town is actually HIGHER in crime than Detroit and Chicago and nobody can afford or find these.



MATT81DE said:

Hey Ron,
thx for sharing the information!

I have a question: How much storage space is left after the update?



Schprocket said:

@Ron_DelVillano What's your typical network speed, mate. I'm only on ADSL 1 and an hour's download can be about 1Gb if there's little traffic and the server has "fat pipes".

If you know what you could download in bandwidth in an hour, that'd give you some guesstimation of the update size.

I'm putting my money on an image around 2Gb unless it's so slow simply due to server overload



jangonov said:

Help. My wii u is stuck. The update finished and itbwas about to start up Nintendo network now it has the wii u logo in the bottem left leftof the TV and game pad. Been there for 20 minutes



jangonov said:

Decided to pull the plug. Restarted and system came right back to create a new account. This time allowed me to continue and transferred my moisture directly off 3ds.



aaronsullivan said:

Got 1 of 4 black Wii U consoles at a nearby Walmart. Not going to really play it until Xmas day as a big surprise for the kids, but when I got the original Wii on day one the AC adapter was a dud, so I'm making sure it works before wrapping it up.

Around here 4 black consoles per store (beyond the stock for preorders) seems pretty typical. Was worried I might not get one when missing pre order windows so I'm a happy dad! Only had to a little over an hour inside a Walmart. They were going to let me (anyone) buy 2 and my brother wanted one, but I just couldn't take two when there only 4 black available. The guy behind me said I was his hero, but I don't think my brother shares the sentiment!

Still downloading the update. Taking a long time but it was fun to use the Gamepad to switch to some TV and it sits there on the arm of my recliner blooming and showing me progress. I already like the GamePad for non gaming stuff.



47drift said:

Any word on if you can choose specific things to not transfer? I want to keep Bomberman Blast on the Wii.



Metal_Slugger said:

If you transfer your wii virtual console games over to your wii U. Will your wii still have the games on them? Or will they be erased?



MATT81DE said:

Would like to know more about data management and storage and which functions/apps take what space.



Tharoth said:

So do you have to do the update before you can do anything(play games etc) or only before you go online? Also do you have to update before doing the Wii to WiiU transfer? and while the update is downloading can you play games or anything apart from watch tv? ie does the download actually keep downloading in the background or would it stop? or just have to let it download.



Ron_DelVillano said:

@MATT81DE Netflix = 27 MB, hulu plus = 1953 KB, YouTube = 1953 KB, Amazon Instant Video = 1890 KB. That's all it's showing me as far as data that I can move or manage.

@mellloyellow02 Check the feed in just a few minutes.

@Narull To be honest, now that my update is done, I'm not sure. I'm fairly certain I had to run the update before it would even take me to the Wii U's main menu. Sorry :/



MATT81DE said:

Ron: THX much

so beside this the Wii U system after the update needs about 7 GB? Nintendo said it needs only about 4 GB, so I wonder now.



Tharoth said:

Thanks or the first question, Know you are not playing any games yet, but at some point can you say which of the mini games in Nintendoland have what players? I know some are only 2 or 3 players+ wondering which of them can be played with just 1 or 2 people.

Also how was the charge on the controller out of the box? and is the console itself very warm after being on for abit?

bah so many questions, stuck waiting till the 30th over here in Aus land!



Tsuchiya said:

I'm liking the eShop menu layout alot. It seems nice, neat and clutter free. Certainly better that Live (imo)



citizen_zane said:

I'm wondering if I will be able to transfer my VC and WW games from my SD card. I'd hate to have to re-download them from the e-shop.



therealthing said:

I'm not supposed to tell you guys this, but I can't hold it in much longer and, heck, we've only got a few hours to go before the Wii u is released.well, here I go......I have had the Wii u for some time now.not as in days,I'm talking months.the guys came to do the just dance 4 trailer in our house and they thought it isn't fair to come do the advert, bring a Wii u, then leave with it.soo they had an agreement with my parents that they can do the trailer here on condition that they professionally clean and leave us with the Wii u.why would we be left with a finger-printy console and gamepad? And they used the white one our the black one..not there you have it.I'll come back in a few hours and tell you my review of the Wii u because we're not allowed to tell toy until it is released.soo......thank you for your time and...........bye!



Ron_DelVillano said:

@Narull I followed the "Quick Start" instructions that said to plug in the GamePAd immediately, so I did. Can't attest to GamePad charge out of the box. And I have the console in a space with good ventilation, and it's cool as a cucumber. It's purring a little, but it's mostly cool and quiet.

Also, Battle Quest = 1-4, Pikmin Adventure = 1-5, Metroid Blast = 1-5, Mario Chase = 2-5, Luigi's Ghost Mansion = 2-5, Animal Crossing: Sweet Day = 2-5, Fruit Cart = 1, Octopus Dance = 1, DK Crash Course = 1, Ninja Castle = 1, Captain Falcon's Twister Race = 1, Balloon Trip Breeze = 1



orravan85 said:

Do they save your credit card info same as 3DS? with ;passcode access for confirming buys?



Tharoth said:

Awesome, thanks again mate. One last question(for now), does the WiiU eshop still use the old nintendo points? or are they just for Wii eshop stuff?



Metal_Slugger said:

If you transfer your wii virtual console games over to your wii U. Will your wii still have the games on them? Or will they be erased?



therealthing said:

Could you help me? My bro completely disconnected the Wii u, he can be a real goat sometimes......and I have no idea how to fix, what goes where and which thingie majig goes in which whoesamawhats....ya. :-



therealthing said:

Ooh, no.the Wii u is being released in a couple of hours, and some people already have it, thnx to'funny'best buy workers.



Ron_DelVillano said:

@orravan85 I haven't made a purchase ye, so I'm not sure, but I'm assuming you can save a card like on the 3DS.

@mudjo I haven't done a system transfer, so I'm not quite sure, but the electronic manuals don't say otherwise.

@Narull I'm a little confused by the question, but I think that the Wii U uses the same eShop cards that the 3DS uses, not the Wii. And the Nintendo Land box says that it's compatible with Miiverse, but I'm not sure if it means through gameplay or just the comments and such.

@Metal_Slugger Everything transfered over gets erased from the Wii U.

@therealthing Sorry, but I can't really explain how to plug the Wii U in without being there/seeing it.



Tharoth said:

Sorry, I mean the Nintendo points that transfer over from your Wii when your do the transfer, can they be used on the WiiU eshop or is there a separate eshop for the older stuff? ie I have 2000 wii nintendo points on my account atm, could I use them to get Trine 2?



Tsuchiya said:

Any news on how DLC, patches etc. will be made available on eShop?
Does it have a Live Marketplace-esque menu/ sub menu were extra content is displayed? Or is it just like 3DS eShop were extra content is accessible via the game/ game icon?

Also, and this is important. What colour is the power on light?



therealthing said:

U guyz r going to let my maid go to church about two hours ago, and I'm sitting in my PJs texting people.but there is a power outage, soo I can't use my phone for very mum is sleeping in bed.she dozed off while reading a!!



dragon_rider said:

Does anyone know if HDMI can be used for video while component audio cables can be used simultaneously (such as with the PS3's multi-output option)? My HDTV doesn't exactly support optical cable support (it does have an orange SPDIF input, though). I just have a Logitech 2.1 speaker system (all I really need for an apartment).



LavaTwilight said:

From the UK it's 10:30am right now and altho I don't usually read these live feeds I can tell I'll keep coming back for this one! Can't wait, 12 more days for us



KAHN said:

got a chance to hold the wii u gamepad yesterday. it was really uncomfortable.



NintendoMaster said:

I probably won't even be able to play the Wii U today with the 5gb update size. It will take 10 hrs on my download speed...



Folkloner said:

@NintendoMaster I think Nintendo should have taken slow internet download speeds into account when preparing this update. Something as simple as individual downloads for each of the programs/features in this 5gb download to make it more manageable.



aaronsullivan said:

Anectodal evidence around me shows Nintendo may have gotten a bunch of shipments out there late last night. One target went from 1 black console beyond pre orders to 9. Nintendo may meet demand a bit better this time?

Anyway, go out and try this morning even if you didn't get n one super early. it's worth a shot.



Burning_Spear said:

I was at Best Buy last night, and they only had maybe 25 to 30 consoles for non-preorder people who were waiting in line.



Arianabtd said:

I got an iPod touch to replace my broken one instead of getting a Wii U...
now I really want a Wii U >_<



TheDreamingHawk said:


Does the wii to wii U transfer require a completely brand new SD card? Or can you use the same SD card that you used on the wii? I have been using my 1 GB SD card on my wii for 4 years now and don't wanna get a new one...



Wonder_Ideal said:

Why they have to ship it to me I don't know. The worst part is that NOBODY SHIPS PACKAGES ON SUNDAY!!! (unless you have the premium ultra deluxe platinum shipping requested) Oh well, at least I know that I will get one. Maybe tomorrow then. T.T



Raghav said:

Can you guys do a Wii U giveaway on Nintendo Life for Canadian Players please.



hYdeks said:

yaaa...I just remembered right now that this thing was being released today lol I don't see anything to be excited about though, I have hd gaming already (PS3), but maybe in a couple months, I might change my tune (I hope!!!)



NintyMan said:

My sister's getting it for us here in a bit, the excitement is definitely building! New Super Mario Bros. U is what I want to try the most now.



rjejr said:

Thank you Ron for all the photos and blogging, good way to start my day. (Well after I messed w/ my old busted computer for an hour, #$#*(^&%)

muchas gracias



WaveBoy said:

I can't wait to see the footage of TriForce Johnson getting the very first Wii U. :It's tradition baby.



jrpacman said:

Can someone who has one please please tell me if the power supply is dual-voltage? 110-220V? On both the unit and the game pad adapter.

Thank you thank you!



Tsuchiya said:

This is like looking at those sites I was banned from as a child.
I'm getting far, far too much satisfaction from these pictures.



gumos22 said:

2 more weeks to wait here in Czech Republic to get is tooo loong waiting with this US launch hype.



Starzsixty9 said:

its like they say... a watched pot doesn't boil.... a Wii U doesn't system update!!!! haha 45 or so minutes in and it looks like i'm 2/3 done the update



baba_944 said:

I'm not picking this up sadly. Unless it has Gamecube games. I want to play the death out of my 3DS as much as I can for right now.



Sun said:

Cool, you didn't even sleep,did you? Crazy!
@'Wii to Wii U system transfer - it's all or nothing!'
I said this days ago because it is exactly the same as a 3DS - 3DS XL transfer.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I want this so much.





Starzsixty9 said:

gah finished downloading the update.... now i have to implement it -_-' back to 10% this one looks like its goin faster though



zipmon said:

@jrpacman I can confirm that the Wii U power brick & GamePad power cord are both only marked as 120V. Hope that doesn't ruin your plans!



HaastMK7 said:

@All I'm back.

Awesome you can transfer your Mii to the Wii U, kinda saw that coming though.
Is Miiverse set up yet?



zipmon said:

@CosmicMii Not for me, still downloading the system update! Had to start from scratch! >_< But I believe it is functioning for those who have their systems updated!



HaastMK7 said:

sweet. I wont be getting a Wii U fo a while sadly
but hopefully Miiverse will come to the 3DS soon!!



zipmon said:

@DrSlump Not sure, but I can check once the upload's done! From what I remember there were options to make a new one, create one from a GamePad camera pic, scan from a QR code & do the 3DS transfer! (Which was over a local network, very cool!)



DrSlump said:

Well i'll wait for your report, it could sound strange, but it's important for me



zipmon said:

@DrSlump Have you got a 3DS? If you do, as a workaround you could send the Mii from the Wii -> 3DS -> Wii U! (But either way I'll let you know as soon as I can about the Wiimote option! =)



HuntheUniverse said:

You could have just said not to have the Nintendo Land update, and played while it was going on in the background...



JavierYHL said:

hmm got mine today...i prefer the wii so much more...the gamepad is more of a hassle than fun...



TornadoX7 said:

ughhhhhhh i have to wait all the way untill CHRISMAS this suckssss soooooooooooooooo much UGHHHHHH



Scarlet5683 said:

I'm now a part of the crowd waiting for the update. So far though the Wii U is amazing though!



DrSlump said:

Will the games continuing to support the wiimote+nunchuck? According to me it's one of the best game control ever made.



zipmon said:

@DrSlump Looks like there is an option to copy from the Wii Menu, so if you do Wii -> Wii U transfer your Wii Miis will be able to be copied to the main Wii U interface as well!



DrSlump said:

@zipmon: yes i know the option to copy the wii contents to the wii u, but this proces is destructive: all wii data will be lost and accessible on wii u only.
I would like to leave my wii as it is, i joust want to bring with me a particular mii wich is very important to me.



Auracle said:

@Dr Slump
Maybe you could just try to replicate the Mii on Wii U. Do you think you could do it?



zipmon said:

@DrSlump - Actually, what you could do is simply open up the Mii Channel on the Wii U's Wii Menu (without transfering over your own Wii data), copy the Mii in from the Wiimote, and then use the Wii U's Mii Maker to grab it from the Wii Menu! That should work!



DrSlump said:

@zipmon thankyou, i will'try when i'll get my wii u.
@True_Hero thankyou, but i want the original mii. Yes it's hard to get the point, but this is my first job to do when i'll have my new wii u..



-KwB- said:

Great live feed, been following for whole day now, sadly I still have to wait till the 30th !! Thanks and keep it coming !



Bass_X0 said:

"this proces is destructive: all wii data will be lost and accessible on wii u only."

Why would anyone want to use their Wii for Wii / WiiWare / Virtual Console games when they have a Wii U (other than to play Gamecube games)?



DrSlump said:

@Bass_X0 because in my wii there are some memories that i want to stay there, and because i will go to live in another place, while the the wii would remain here were my brother could continue to use it.
There are many reasons becouse anyone would like to leave original savegame and settings on the wii, honestly i don't understand why nintendo choosed to delete them rathen tham backup them. These are simple savegames, miis and settings.. not copyrighted material



Burning_Spear said:

I still haven't switched my Wii files over either. I'm leaving my Wii hooked up for GameCube games, so I may leave the Wii games on there too. Long term, though, it makes sense to move them — at some point Nintendo will stop supporting the Wii.



zipmon said:

@Molotov Unfortunately you have to purchase the game before the file size comes up; at least that's how I got to that screen for Chasing Aurora. I'll check if there's another way to see filesize though!



LavaTwilight said:

This has been awesome! Thanks guys... Meanwhile Ron is too busy A) Sleeping; B) Jumping on turtles in Squirrel Suits; or C) Eating a cheeseburger



Auracle said:

@DrSlump - I totally understand. Good luck with that!
I'm noticing a disturbing lack of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. Did anybody get that? What are your thoughts? I've yet to find a decent review. Feel free to post in my forum on the subject.



jrpacman said:

@zipmon Crap, it kind of does... Time to find a transformer that doesn't overheat—until third-party solutions start showing up!

Thanks for the reply anyway!



zipmon said:

@jrpacman You got it mate! Good luck! I had a NA GameCube blow up on me when I was living in Italy when the transformer stopped working without warning =O Always better safe than sorry!



Powkitty4 said:

plz post some more.....I'm still waiting to get my Wii U it may just be in Christmas when I get it....



zipmon said:

@Powkitty4 - I really didn't have much in the way of set expectations to be honest, but so far I've been floored by how much fun I've been having with it! Like Joe mentioned, the little details really add up and go a long way into making it feel like a fresh new thing.



madgear said:

I have a question, when you transfer games over from the Wii to the Wii U they still keep on the original system don't they?

I'm not actually planning on getting a Wii U but in the event that I did (say some amazing game is released I can't resist), I'd still have to keep the Wii due to my extensive unfinished GameCube collection. I'm not sure I'd want to make those games unplayable on my Wii.



Coldheat said:

Joe, Ron, Morgan - AWESOME idea! It's been great to read through! Morgan - out of curiosity, why did you decide to get the Basic bundle instead of the Deluxe?



zipmon said:

@madgear - Unfortunately it will take the games (as in WiiWare/VC games) and saved data (from Wii games, WiiWare, & VC games) off your Wii when you transfer them to the Wii U. But it certainly wouldn't touch anything in your GCN memory card, so your old Wii would still function as a perfectly good GameCube after the transfer!

@Coldheat - Thanks!! I went for the Basic because I liked the colour, to be perfectly honest! Even though I bought Nintendo Land, I didn't feel like I needed the stands or the digital promotion, so I just thought of it as paying $10 more for the colour I wanted! The storage space isn't really an issue for me, since I figure I'll need to add it sooner or later anyway, so I just cleared off an old USB HDD to hook up to the Wii U! I'm very happy with my choice, I like the classic white & it doesn't show fingerprints, which is nice!



Scarlet5683 said:

Dangit, if I didn't have school tomorrow I would definitely be pulling an all-nighter with this thing.



madgear said:

Hmm that's rubbish, I should be able to play them on both. Hopefully they'll modify it and introduce an account or something in the future. Thanks for the response, though, good to know how it works at least.



Jewelarchon said:

Morgan, as you are charging while still playing, how is the GamePad's temperature? Does it have an uncomfortable heating issue from being charged while in use?



BrightShadows31 said:

im so sad that christmas is a month away, and that my birthday is another 4 months after that! (im still saving)



zipmon said:

@Powkitty4 Yeah actually, it's a great weight! It's really comfy to hold for playing. It's light enough that you can comfortably hold it in one hand and use the stylus with the other without resting it on your knee or lap or whatever, though for left-hand stick right-hand stylus controls (like the Pikmin game in Nintendo Land) I found it more comfortable to rest it on my knee.



luisterr said:

Wii U is a HUGE improvement to the Wii. I love it! The only thing I dislike is the load times. Going to the settings takes about 10 second to open up.



SpaceKappa said:

@ReshiramZekrom Not that I've seen. It was an odd switch to make for Nintendo, but I imagine since they're letting you use any old USB hard drive converting those into blocks would be difficult.



WaxxyOne said:

Well I officially feel like a beta tester for Nintendo.

Issue 1: Can't post to Miiverse from within either NIntendo Land or New Super Mario Bros. U (the two games I have at the moment). Any attempt at posting a message gives "Could not connect to server" after a minute-long delay. Posting directly to a community forum in Miiverse works fine, just so long as you didn't do it from the game.

Issue 2: No Miiverse content present in games; games report that you are not connected to the Internet even though you are; games report that you have to run the one-time "initial setup" of MIiverse even though you've already done it.

Issue 3: Purchasing New Super Mario Bros. U from the eShop did not register it to my linked Club Nintendo account.

Issue 4: One of the users on my system cannot login with her Nintendo Network ID because it always says invalid password. We've attempted to reset the password 3 times, each time getting a new temporary password, but regardless of how many times we confirm we're entering it correctly the system just says the password is invalid and won't let her log in. My account works fine. (What ever happened to only needing one Nintendo Network ID per console anyway?? They released that video like 2 weeks ago but the system doesn't work the way they say it does.)



Discostew said:

So I gotta ask. Is Nintendoland worth $60? I wanted to get it via the Deluxe package (as that would have come with other stuff too for only $50), but because I only had access to the Basic, I took that instead of attempting to find a Deluxe at anytime this year.



zipmon said:

@Discostew I bought the Basic pack with Nintendo Land separately for $60, and I'm definitely happy with the arrangement! I think it should be a pack-in with every Wii U, not because it doesn't merit a separate purchase but because I feel like it's the perfect introduction to the Wii U. (Plus it's a lot of fun!)



Emaan said:

I love everything about the Wii U right now. I can tell we're going to have some good times together. Nintendo Land is wondeful, such a perfect introduction to the Wii U's greatness. I'm finally doing the day 1 update that I need for Miiverse and the eShop, hopefully it runs smoothly. Launch day is coming to a close!



DrSlump said:

I early wii u adopters! How's going, i read some problems here and there, but they seems to be mii verse (maybe overloaded servers..?) only.
What about wii u? How's the system speed, is it responsive?
How's the launch hardcore game "zombi u"? Did you like graphics, are the wii u a real step over the past competitors generation?



SDDMN said:

A warning to those who haven't heard the news:
Don't turn the Wii U off during the update that adds Miiverse, eshop, etc.
Doing so will brick the system, rendering it unusable.

You're good to go as long as you make sure the system stays on.



Discostew said:


Turning off any device that is having its firmware updated most likely bricks said device. It isn't anything new, but of course people aren't always smart.

The actual download scenario, though, will most likely not cause a brick, as nothing gets updated during that time. It is after the download, when the system is doing its patching process, is when you should not turn off the device.



timp29 said:

Lucky I live in Australia and have a few more days to train so that... MY BODY IS READY

But seriously, can't wait for those first impressions articles



Tsuchiya said:

Not long for UK now.

To help ease the wait and to count down the last 10 days till Wii U, come tomorrow I will play one Nintendo game every day on every Nintendo console I own. Taking the time to remember and to toast the good old days and think of how far Nintendo has come.




Tsuchinoko said:

Why do I feel like NA is the big test market for other regions? I know this system is more geared for the west anyway, which is why Japanese people have to wait for it, but with all the new things that Nintendo has built for this system, and all the online stuff, it seems like any problems that exist in NA will be a good learning experience for the releases on other regions.



LavaTwilight said:

Just finished reading everything! That was all so awesome! Thanks for the live feed even tho, let's face it, you didn't have to! It's been making me more psyched to get hold of mine now, we still have a 12day wait! Thanks again and I'll be sure to add you to my Warawara Plaza... cuz I'm stalkerish like that... Just Kidding... ...



Shiromikio said:

Thanks for the liveblog! I enjoyed reading the impressions and looking at the system screenshots. Hope to see more coverage of Miiverse and its features in the coming days.



Jared20098 said:

Sadly, I live in Latin America and Latin America waits until the 10th of December. The US is SO lucky..



-Crystalline- said:

Right on the day of my birthday Most Nintendo portables have been released in November as well ^^ TLOZ:ALTTP released on the year of my birth, also. I guess this is some sort of hidden message to tell me to keep being a Nintendo fan till the end of time >



mario300 said:

Why dont i want a wii u?What is wrong with me.but im really looking foward into getting one so bad.

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