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Wii U Will Require Day One Update for Key Features

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Miiverse, Wii U Chat, eShop and TVii included

Wii U is getting so close that we can smell the packaging, and vital details about what to expect out of the box are starting to emerge. While many are no doubt hoping that preview systems will reveal Wii U's secrets to the world, it seems that we'll all have a little longer to wait.

As reported by IGN, Wii U is lacking a number of core elements — aside from playing games, thankfully — in its original form, which is almost to be expected with the nature of manufacturing and ever-evolving user interfaces on consoles. One of the first things you'll need to do when you load up your Wii U will be to connect online and perform a system update, which will spruce it up with lots of extras. We're not talking about minor additions, either, as the update will apparently bring you Miiverse, Wii U Chat — described as a "real time communication application" — eShop and, if you're in North America, TVii. It seems that preview systems will actually be retail units requiring this update, and even these aren't expected to receive it until shortly before public release.

While downloading and installing a potentially sizeable update may not sound ideal, at least this functionality will be there on day one, an improvement over the eShop delay on 3DS. We don't have long to wait before we can see what these features can deliver.


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User Comments (48)



SDDMN said:

Doesn't sound like a big deal to me. Gives me time to play my 3DS while I wait for the system to update.

I hope updating won't be a big deal to others.



sinalefa said:

I can see that as a strategy to "force" people to hook their Wii U online. If that is the case, it makes sense.



Arcanum said: what about those who want the Wii U but can't connect to the internet. will it still be able to play games without the update?



dudey300 said:

@Arcanum I imagine you will still be able to play games, you just wouldn't have the features outlined above, Miiverse etc.



Tsuchiya said:

I've been dragged back to Wii U. I guess I hit my head on something because I went right off it. I can only apologize still, unboxing a fresh new console, (can't be beaten) setting it up and knowing that it will be choc full of nice electronic treats right on day one once it boots up will keep me nice and toasty this Christmas.



Megumi said:

At least we're getting everything right at the start...even if we do have to update.



ShadJV said:

I think this is fair. It allows Nintendo to not rush these features and prepare them while they manufacture the initial batch. No delay for us, so no complaints.



Hokori said:

I wonder if you can choose what to get since IDK if I'll use Nintendo TVii so I don't wanna have to DL it unless I want it later



Bluewind098 said:

i can't see a problem with this. I mean if people don't have online then they can't use ANY of these features so you can't update. Another cool thing is that considering it's optional (for the most part) developers won't have to use these things so they can focus on making a good game before extra features. i think this is an excellent idea. if only I can get a Wii U on launch...



aaronsullivan said:

<scheming> I see this as an opportunity to secretly hook it up before the big Xmas day unwrapping by the kids.



Tsuchiya said:

Let's just hope Devs don't swamp the console with games that purposely don't use the features. It's good for those with no Connectivity but people like myself will buy Wii U for many reasons but one of the main ones being to get the thing online. The 360 is pretty awful offline. We don't want Wii U to be a vacuous space of offline wonder otherwise Nintendo may as well scribble "U's" on existing Wii consoles in felt pens.



TheDreamingHawk said:

I'm gonna sit back and watch TVII when I get this. Should be fun. Now, let's hope Sears or GS has a leftover unit on day 1.



Auracle said:

I don't mind. It will give me time to recover from all the squeeing I'll do when it arrives.



King_Boo said:

Is that a joke? Should I say manual
Booklet that explains all the applications and features. Since we've been told next to nothing, I don't really have a choice.



ei8htbit said:

I think he was just making a social commentary on the shift to digital-only content and the fact that more and more the sweet-smelling glossy full-colour instruction booklet that contained oodles of both exciting and mundane informative notes and know-how that used to be included "in the box" is going the way of the casette tape (much like "the box" itself)...



Morpheel said:

Well, makes sense, if you can't access internet, why would you need a bunch of features that make use of it?



47drift said:

I'd love to know more about this Wii U Chat thing. If it's anything like Xbox Live parties, we're in business.



Burny said:

In that case you wouldn't be able to use the features supposedly added by the update anyway. (Edit, ah, too late )

You can still pack your Wii U, visit a friend who has an internet connection and kindly ask them, if you might use it for the update.



LeftoverLunch said:

I hope it's not a massive update I'm out in the middle of nowhere if it's 2-3 gig i'm going to be waiting all day for it and I thought the pain of waiting till the 30th was bad. It's going to be painful watching it update when all i want to do is play.



LavaTwilight said:

I think it makes sense since those things all require the internet anyway. It's almost a good thing since if you have no intention of ever connecting it to the internet then it means you have available space for game storage, etc.

@ei8htbit I also miss those booklets! I loved reading the storyline, and OK we still have the introduction videos but I just find the writings in the manual so much better. Maybe it's just me?



DarkNinja9 said:

i think its actually good that you can set up the system and have a update waiting the only thing i hate is updates taking rly long like some xbox updates -__-



Araknie said:

If i'll need the online, why not. If it's easy to hook up and doesn't need extra money in accessories i'll do it.



Punky said:

Will this take up some of my 32GB space or will it use space set aside for the operating system???



rjejr said:

@aaronsullivan - That's exactly what I did with my PS3 3 years ago. It needed a few firmware updates and I DL a bunch of demos to try out. My kids were young enough then not to know any better, they might notice now though. Still better to get it done before Christmas morning though, I could see this being a time consuming endeavor. Another reason to wait until things settle down and Pikmin 3 and Bayonetta 2 get released.



Furealz said:

I know a lotta people with Wiis and aren't connected to the Internet. THIS could be a problem...but it makes sense. Do you really need the extra space if your gonna feed the Wii U discs all it's life?



cheapogamer4life said:

@leftoverlunch My tablet is able to download major OS updates in the background while still having access to everything. Maybe the Wii U will be able to do the same given this is a next gen console.



SteveW said:

Yikes... just like with the Wii... my first night will be waiting hours for it to update...



SteveW said:


I don't think Nintendo would design it that way, just look at the 3DS, you can hardly do anything without closing your game out of memory.



grimbldoo said:

@mudjo #30
He could have been on his phone or in his local library or coffee shop.

@Furealz #40
Well, all of these require internet to use, so I doesn't really matter if they don't get them if they don't even have internet connection in the first place.



FonistofCruxis said:

I thought the Miiverse acted as the user interface and appeared when you started up the console? If that is the case, what would the UI look like before the update?
@LavaTwilight You're not alone, I like reading instruction manuals too. I like how some instruction manuals are really fun to read like the ones for Wario games the No more heroes series.



Henmii said:

Ah maaaaan!! e-shop AGAIN not standard in every console!! Yet again you need a download!! And Nintendo said they had learned their lesson!!

Anyway, just wait a few months (like me). By that time every Wii u comes standard with the e-shop, so that you don't have to waste precious memory-space for a channel (that should have been standard) that you could otherwise use for downloaded games!!!



UnseatingKDawg said:

Well.... Once I actually get one, I'll have to access faster Internet. Virgin Mobile sure as hell ain't gonna cut it.

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