News: Wii U Launch News Round Up

A console launch can make for an eventful Sunday.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 11/19/2012 15:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

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American gamers were finally able to get their hands on Wii U on Sunday, and it just so happened to make the weekend rather eventful. The first thing most people noticed, whether they were booting up their brand new systems or enviously reading the accounts of those more fortunate, was the system update that greeted gamers as they hooked the Wii U up to the internet. The system update activated many of Wii U’s online features, including Netflix, eShop, and Miiverse, and took up about 1GB of system memory. However, the strain of so many people downloading the update led to lots of long wait times and greatly exaggerated estimates of the updates size, with times for some people stretching into one or two hours, rumors spread about the update being 5GB, something that no doubt made those who got the 8GB model a little worried.

Going back to eShop, the latest version of Nintendo’s virtual store launched alongside Wii U with a big emphasis on delivering retail titles digitally. 18 titles from Wii U’s physical launch library are now available for download, something that will definitely benefit agoraphobic gamers. In keeping with Nintendo’s support for smaller downloadable games, five download only titles were launched alongside the console: Chasing Aurora, Little Inferno, Nano Assault Neo, Trine 2: Director’s Cut and Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition.

Finally, a NeoGAF user was playing around on his new Wii U when he stumbled into the debug menu for Miiverse. More malevolent forces in the universe could have jumped through this loophole to reek major havoc, but Nintendo was quick to find a fix for the problem and closed the gap before any such evils could find their way in.

Source: Nintendo Gamer

2 Responses to “News: Wii U Launch News Round Up”

  • 267 points
    nintendo_fan_0801 says...

    I tried to get a deluxe Wii U but ended up with the basic version. It’s not a big deal as I rather own physical copies of games if I have the option. So far I’m loving it. The update was not as bad as some make it to be. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo and all the third party developers will do with their properties!

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  • 96 points
    morpha says...

    I am not surprised that the wiiU has a few Teething problems. Its quite the complex little system and its been rushed to market. I have no doubts it will be amazing in the long run. But I cant help but feel sorry for those customers who are unable to download the updates and wont have access to all the features and even the (practically required) update patches for the launch games.

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