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?