News: Wii U Update Only Coming Pre-Installed from Spring 2013

Day One update to be preinstalled come “spring”

By Lukas Velunta. Posted 12/04/2012 16:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

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.

3 Responses to “News: Wii U Update Only Coming Pre-Installed from Spring 2013”

  • 288 points
    JPtheNintendoFan says...

    Well hopefully the people who get the Wii U next spring will enjoy the convenience.

    Do you guys have any plans for a mobile or tablet version of the Nintendojo website?

    • 7 points
      Katharine Byrne says...

      Hey there jpto1014! We don’t have any plans for a tablet/mobile version of the website just yet, but we’re always looking for new ways to reach our readers, so it may be a possibility in the future! :)

  • 261 points
    JasonMaivia says...

    Nintendo should do a better job at getting people connected to their updates. Consumers without internet and buys a Wii before Spring won’t have a great deal of the Wii U’s announced features, including the ability to play their old Wii games.

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