Wii U Owners Bummed Out By Huge Firmware Update

Kotaku - That's a progress bar 1/8th full after 30 minutes—a four-hour process at this rate—for the Wii U's infamous firmware update, said to be 5 gigabytes (according to Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers TV, and repeated by numerous others). Sony, you are officially off the hook with the PS3's interminable, poorly timed and mandatory system updates.

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-Mezzo-1732d ago

5 GB is pretty big, could take hours to download, even on great connections.

Abash1732d ago

What the hell could be in those 5GBs of the update? O_o

guitarded771732d ago

It took me about an hour and 20 min to download... I have basic cable internet and can't believe it downloaded so quick. Anyway, really enjoying NSMBU right now, it feels nice to play a Nintendo console again since I got rid of my Wii a long time ago. Wii U ID = guitarded77 if anyone from n4g wants to add me.

DaCajun1732d ago (Edited 1732d ago )

What is Kotaku smoking because I want some of that, it took my connection 50 mins to DL then install. people must have some seriously slow crap out there.

Feralkitsune1731d ago

The firmware and programs.

darthv721731d ago

maybe its better for me to wait. That way, they will have units to stores with the new update already applied.

i dont mind giving up my place in line for those who are chomping at the bit for one.

Motorola1731d ago

They shipped the console without an OS gg.

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GraveLord1732d ago

That is unacceptable. WTF was Nintendo thinking?
But hey, probably most of the casuals won't even download it.

Rayansaki1731d ago

Console has no online features without that patch. It's pretty mandatory even for casuals.

Phil321731d ago

The console was obviously manufactured months ago before the OS was finished.

ylwzx31731d ago

Took me 1 hour to d/l and 5 min to install it on a 50 down / 5 up plan.

f7897901731d ago

That's Nintendo's servers being slow then. It should have been way faster.

I'm betting some people are getting crap download servers that everyone is leeching off of.

Godmars2901731d ago

Isn't this update bigger than memory capacity of the low-end Wii U model? does that even...what?

Blackdeath_6631731d ago

i know right. nice to see "next gen" consoles getting off to a good start geez. (sarcasm) i knew this would happen if people rushed next gen

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1731d ago

lol 8gb model is really 3gbs so good luck..

f7897901731d ago

Seriously, wtf was Nintendo thinking with 8GB? Horrible.

DragoonsScaleLegends1731d ago

I can download 1 GB in 6 minutes sometimes even 4-5 minutes so it wouldn't take me that long! So it would take me around 25min to download unless since so many people are downloading at once it is slowing nintendos servers down a bit.

showtimefolks1731d ago

It's a one time thing guys do it once I am sure future updates won't be 5gb.

I hope ms and Sony are paying attention to wiiu launch and learn to make a smoother launch for their respective systems most likely fall of 2013

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dazzrazz1732d ago

10 Mbps = 1 hour and couple of minutes, of course if u constantly download at that speed

vulcanproject1732d ago

Assuming as well of course Nintendo's servers aren't getting killed by everyone downloading it at once.

Oh wait. They will be. DOH!

YoungPlex1732d ago (Edited 1732d ago )

Your absolute correct! It's to the point were it has become nearly impossible in creating a Nintendo Network ID. Hopefully it slows down by tonight... The update did add a significant amount of content worthy of the 5gigs. Mii-verse and the Wara-Wara plaza are freaken amazing!

guitarded771732d ago

Exactly... see my post above, it took me about 1hr and 20min. It's never fun to download updates on day 1, but it was very fast for the size, and the added features of Miiverse are worth the time. It's fun to post and comment with people about the games you're playing. Now if Nintendo could just implement an overarching achievement system, it will be amazing for a social gaming feature. The handwritten post feature is really cool.

DragoonsScaleLegends1731d ago

I've got a 30 Mbps speed and sometimes it fluctuates to 40-50 Mbps. Time Warner internet is kind of all over the place were we live.

SilentNegotiator1732d ago (Edited 1732d ago )

Can you blame them? 5GB is terribly unreasonable for a single firmware update. People with the basic system just lost over 60% of their internal memory!

DaCajun1732d ago

Yea they should have allocated some extra separate storage for this firmware update besides the 8GB and 32GB they advertised on the box knowing full well they were going to do this.

Snookies121731d ago

Hah, I was wondering when I'd see someone bring that up. The fact that it takes up so much space is really unacceptable...

Quetzll1731d ago

No need to install games because of high disc read speed. No need for large hard drive unless you're downloading games. Cloud service, likely future possibility, would take care of that. Hard drives, cheap ones everywhere.

kneon1731d ago

5GB does seem huge, I expect it's a complete firmware update and not a patch. Hopefully they weren't stupid and did design the system to allow firmware patches, if not they are going to annoy a lot of people every time they issue a firmware update.

Godmars2901731d ago

Doesn't the base/already installed OS already take up a lot of space?

DragoonsScaleLegends1731d ago

Yeah I wouldn't care about it being twice that but the console doesn't come with that much memory to start with so I agree.

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kewlkat0071732d ago

That is very big for an update..especially with those with slow connections.

I haven't opened mine yet...I did get the 8GB, I will be using a 1TB hdd..etc for space..