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Wii U Update Will Be Available Out Of The Box Next Year

Posted by Orla Madden

Oh why must U make us wait

We all had to face that dreaded update for Wii U upon first setting it up, leaving no choice but to pop off for a cup of tea or a quick stroll to the shops and back. It has come as no surprise, however, that this hour long update - some have had less time to wait, while others had much longer - will come pre-installed with the console early next year.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime said that once the patch has been on the market for a number of months, only then will it come built in to the system; it's estimated that this won't be available until Spring 2013 onwards. Reggie explained why the update was necessary on day one:

Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers. That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That's why the system update was required on Day One - and this is quite similar to what's happened with other consumer electronic products.

The update is crucial, as it adds online functionality and the most impressive social experience on a Nintendo console, Miiverse. It seems a lot more beneficial to have the update included on the system, and with it coming built in next year, will that tempt you into purchasing one?

[via eurogamer.net, gamasutra.com]

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User Comments (26)

Banker-Style

#2

Banker-Style said:

I've been waiting for a Wii U,since it was revealed last year,I think I can wait 1-2 hours.

MariosLoveChild

#3

MariosLoveChild said:

The update is the least of anyone's worries. The big thing Nintendo need to sort out is getting the wii u connected in the first place. I know I'm not the only one who had to manually do it. There will be a lot of parents buying this for their kids, who are not computer literate and will therefore not have clue wh to do. I had to take my wii u to my brothers so he could get it sorted. After the update I assumed it would connect ok back at my place, did it f**k!!! At least I knew what to do this time.

Chunky_Droid

#4

Chunky_Droid said:

The thing is, you don't even have to wait around for it, you can hit the cancel button, and it will download in the background while you play Nintendo Land or whatever!

koopa_Trooper79

#6

koopa_Trooper79 said:

I didnt mind waiting for the update, didnt take too long....just like MariosLoveChild I had major problems gettin connected to the internet.....Tried the maual connection with no effect. Ended up rining the Nintendo Hotline wa on for 20 mins while he told me what to do, I dread to see the bill.
Apparently there is problems with certain routers, mine being one of them (virgin Media Hub)... the joke is I upgraded to this so I could connect to the Wii U lol

MAB

#7

MAB said:

Mine hasn't frozen and I'm always playing the bloody thing so it must have something to do with the user causing the freeze :P also the update only went for 30 minutes for me so I think it's about time all the whingers go and get a better ISP... Your online games must be terribly slow if you have crappy internet ;) laggers.

THENAMESNORM

#8

THENAMESNORM said:

My update took 37 mins to download AND install. Maybe I'm just lucky, I don't know. But it was worth it - MiiVerse is amazing! It really is the surprise package of the Wii U!

Kirk

#12

Kirk said:

They should have got this sorted before the console ever released.

Of course they knew that they could get away with it when dealing with early adopters and fanboy types.

I'm not happy with this kind of thing however.

nocode

#13

nocode said:

Personally it didn't bother me too much. I set it to download, walked away, and an hour later it was done.

It does make me long for the old days though...where the console was complete and ready to go right when I removed it from the box.

MAB

#14

MAB said:

Think of it as a setup ritual that transpires unto a gaming U-niiverse of epic awesomeness ;)

SpaceKappa

#15

SpaceKappa said:

I love how my launch day picture has become the defacto Wii U "update" photo for Nintendo Life. :)

ultraraichu

#16

ultraraichu said:

I rather have my Wii U on launch date/early without the update out of the box then have it delayed/later with the update. A hour vs weeks/months.

ohhaime

#17

ohhaime said:

I won't be able to afford a Wii U until next year so hopefully by the time I can get one I won't need to do the big update.

retro_player_22

#18

retro_player_22 said:

All the good games will be coming up next year anyways so I'll wait til probably after E3 2013 to get mine, for now I'll just be messing around with my brother's Wii U instead.

MagicBox

#19

MagicBox said:

I'm wondering what this will mean for the system memory. If I've been following the news correctly, people have been saying that this big update takes up roughly 5 GB on the console, which takes a significant chunk out of the 32 GB version and depletes over half of the 8 GB version.

If Nintendo starts pre-installing the update so that it's available out-of-the-box, wouldn't that mean that they'd either have to 1.) store the data for the update someplace else, or b.) stop advertising that the Wii U versions have 32 and 8 GB respectively? Or am I missing something (which is entirely likely)?

The_Fox

#20

The_Fox said:

That's nice and all but where the hell is the patch for the freezing issues? It started off as no big deal but I'm really, really getting tired of having to get up and unplug the power.

Vehemont

#22

Vehemont said:

@MagicBox Yea I was going to say the same thing.... Oh and my system has only froze once while playing Sonic All Stars Racing online.... I was worried and the only thing I could do to it was to unplug the system from the electric to get it to respond and reset itself......

Emaan

#23

Emaan said:

Mine was a pain to download, so this is good news...for everyone but those of us loyal customers who bought it already ;_;

Residentsteven

#24

Residentsteven said:

Would have sooner had the update on my wii U then it would have not gone wrong it died on me on the enter wifi details screen still not had word from game on when my replacement will be sent.

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