Nintendo has confirmed that Wii U units sold beginning in spring next year would have the day one update pre-installed.
“Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers,” Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. “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.”
This news comes shortly after Nintendo President Satoru Iwata apologized for missing essential services that the update provided, including Miiverse, the eShop, and Wii U Chat.
Criticism of the Wii U day one update has ranged from mild to outraged, usually dependent on the internet connection of the critic. Still, this is a minor inconvenience when compared to the 3DS’s rocky launch, which added full online functionality months after release. In any case, parents should ensure that they have installed the update well before Christmas morning.