Giant Day-1 Wii U Update Will Ship with Consoles in Spring

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ddpruitt

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the glut of horror stories from day-one buyers
Don't you mean one or two issues from morons?

You could should the Wii down in the middle of the download, I did a couple of times without issue. On the other hand when the update was being applied you shouldn't shut it down, just like every other firmware update for every other device.
 

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[citation][nom]ddpruitt[/nom]Don't you mean one or two issues from morons?You could should the Wii down in the middle of the download, I did a couple of times without issue. On the other hand when the update was being applied you shouldn't shut it down, just like every other firmware update for every other device.[/citation]
Perhaps it was the unusually large amount of time it took to perform the actual firmware update. There was little progress indication so the console did seem frozen.
 

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Update download time are much quicker than it was just after midnight of the US launch. I mean, that should be obvious.

And only a few less than tech savvy people that unplugged their Wii U while it was installing (not downloading) the firmware had bricked consoles.

1 big popular name in the industry bricks their console and suddenly that means tens of thousands ended up with bricked consoles? This whole thing is the very definition of blowing something out of proportion.

At least you aren't saying it was 5 GB's anymore.
 

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meh. Did the original XBOX360 and PS/3 require updates like this on day one? I don't have either, but I don't remember seeing news articles about it.

I'm surprised that Best Buy hasn't started marketing "ready-to-play" Wii U's, where they've applied the update for you and also provide a warranty through the store in case you have any problems. Seems like a no-brainer vs. the unhappy Christmas morning scenario. One ad on TV during prime-time programming would sell it. Then again... who wants a console that has this problem to begin with?
 
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Many devices can recover from a reboot (or power failure) interrupting an update. I'm very surprised Nintendo didn't do this.

Luckily this can be fixed in SOFTWARE, something I expect they're already arranging.

I also don't understand why the update wasn't simply downloaded in the BACKGROUND, prompting a REBOOT request when finished.

All said though, the Nintendo Wii-U is a very interesting product. I even thought of buying one but the lack of an internal hard drive is a deal breaker for me. What were they thinking? A small amount of FLASH MEMORY? I guess you can add a USB hard drive but that seems to be just for accessing data and won't be for game installations.

I can understand keeping the cost down (the screen controller is expensive) but they should have at least allowed for people to add a 2.5" Hard Drive for game installations. I have no interest in inserting a DVD every time I switch games.
 

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I was prepared and so it was no big deal. Bought the Wii U, brought it home and played it for a few hours BEFORE I connected it to the internet at all. Once I was ready, I connected to the internet, was prompted to update, then I went to bed and let it update all night.

In the morning, the update was complete. It can be a pain in the ass, but this story has gone mainstream and so I would hope most consumers would be smart enough to plan ahead. Also, the idiots that bricked their Wii U's should have read the giant message "DO NOT TURN OFF" while it was updating.
 

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[citation][nom]photonboy[/nom]Bricking:Many devices can recover from a reboot (or power failure) interrupting an update. I'm very surprised Nintendo didn't do this.Luckily this can be fixed in SOFTWARE, something I expect they're already arranging.I also don't understand why the update wasn't simply downloaded in the BACKGROUND, prompting a REBOOT request when finished.All said though, the Nintendo Wii-U is a very interesting product. I even thought of buying one but the lack of an internal hard drive is a deal breaker for me. What were they thinking? A small amount of FLASH MEMORY? I guess you can add a USB hard drive but that seems to be just for accessing data and won't be for game installations.I can understand keeping the cost down (the screen controller is expensive) but they should have at least allowed for people to add a 2.5" Hard Drive for game installations. I have no interest in inserting a DVD every time I switch games.[/citation]
Actually, you can install games to the external HDD and the firmware update ban be installed in the background.
 

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Pfft I had no idea of the update until I turned it on. Yeah it took a while to download but so what. When I bought GT5 and installed it and then saw it needed to download 2.5gb of updates I was pretty shocked but again at least you know it's for the best. What idiot shuts down the console during an update?
 
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