Wii U launch: Iwata “very sorry” for hefty day-one patch and missing features

Wii U System Update

Wii U System Update

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has apologised to the sizeable day-one patch that early adopters of Wii U have had to download in order to access several of the console’s key features.

The system update, which was originally reported as being 5GB in size but is in fact closer to 1GB, gives access to the Miiverse social network, eShop download service, and backwards compatibility with Wii games – as well as internet apps and services like Netflix, Lovefilm and YouTube. Those buying Wii U at its US launch earlier this month spent their first hours with the new console staring at a progress bar – something Iwata admitted to IGN wasn’t good enough.

“Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console videogame machine as soon as they open the box,” Iwata said. “So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are services which were not available at the hardware’s launch.”

It’s something those picking up a Wii U at its UK launch tomorrow will have to endure, too – though, as our friends at Nintendo Gamer report, it’s possible to play games while the update downloads in the background.

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