Wii U: Multiple launch issues reported

Numerous Wii U owners have reported encountering a serious issue with the new console related to a large day one update required to access the system's online features.

The update, which reportedly weighs in at 5GB, can take over an hour to install, and multiple users have claimed that interrupting the process has rendered their consoles unusable.

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GuruStarr781855d ago

mine just finished, took about an hour, total... 45 mins. to download and about 15 to install or "updating" as it says....

I've read people saying 4 hours!!

They must have a terrible internet connection..

G20WLY1855d ago

If you downloaded this 5GB firmware update in 45 minutes, I'd say it's more that you have an AMAZING connection, rather than everyone else has a bad one!

Others have reported far longer than 4 hours, but their connection speeds may well be poor. Who knows?

decrypt1855d ago

5 gigs in 45mins is extremely fast. I usually download games over Steam, 4-5gig games normally take 3 hours atleast.

GuruStarr781855d ago (Edited 1855d ago )

Yeah, I always get full bars.... I was personally suprised how fast it went..

I think the fact that I did it today, instead of yesterday was a factor as well, the servers are not as crowded..

In all reality, though... I think the update is smaller than 5gb, based upon how long it took, maybe 2 or 3gb..

aquamala1854d ago

where does this 5GB number come from? it doesn't say how big the update is when you download it. It's like some people think Wii U has slow memory now because some guy posted something in some forum, some website reported it and now everyone just repeats it. where are the facts?

despair1854d ago

eurogamer has it at 1gb update with slow or clogged servers being blamed for slow downloading speed.

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jimbobwahey1855d ago

I think blaming people for having a poor internet connection is in bad taste. It would be more appropriate to blame Nintendo for having a launch day patch rather than ensuring that the update was already on the consoles before selling them.

How is it the customers fault that Nintendo rushed out an unfinished console?

jukins1854d ago

In this situation I don't think it people's net connection but overall alot ppl really do seem to have bad or maybe unoptimized connections or maybe to many ppl on at the same time.

vallencer1854d ago

I'm just confused as to how it's unfinished?? Ps3 and 360 both had day one updates as well. It's common sense to not turn off your console or pc while it is updating. I have a nice connection but it still took me about 2 hours to download it. I really only think the people who need to be blamed are the people interrupting the process.

FinalomegaS1854d ago

so every new system that is released including PC have an update not a patch, consoles included...

year is 2012, you make it sound as though people are still living in caves with dial up connection.

only thing they should say is in their disclaimer:

>>>MUST have fast and reliable Broadband connection for online features and stable electricity<<<

would that work?

Raoh1854d ago

To add to what jimbobwahey said, staggered updates also helps.

Push out to consoles in increments of 100k/500k units per push. Stagger the downloads to avoid everyone hitting the servers at once.

Also add/rent/buy more servers for this push.

And why are companies not pushing for a torrent like update system?

I have great download and upload speeds on my ps3, appletv, pc, ipad, iphone, nexus 7 etc. I test and tweak all the time and pay more for the higher bandwidth. I would not mind uploading some of my downloaded patch file to nearby gamers. It helps the online community and takes strain off the servers.

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lashes2ashes1855d ago

Sadly most people have slow connections. When I tell people I have around 30mbs there jaws drop. But I live in a town with a population of 20,000 and my freinds that live in big city's have a hard time getting that speed for anything close to what I pay for mine, my ex wife is paying 50.00$ a mounth for like 3 to 5 mbs. She hates my Internet lol

Sucitta1854d ago

for 70$ plus tax, i get 30 mb/s down and 10 mb/s up.. I live in Toronto, Canada

My Wii was patched and ready to play in 47 mins = )

GraveLord1854d ago

Most of us do have terrible connectons.

FinalomegaS1854d ago

not sure how bad the internet connection is in other places but I got this in a little under an hour.

Bell Fibe Internet 50/50

50Mbps Download
50Mbps Upload


WiiU issues:

well maybe one, had a bunch of reading material I didn't need :P

streaming Netflix onto the pad and no connection lost from my office to the bedroom.

For those that had issues due to powerloss... sorry to hear that, with any system even PC there is that warning when updating " do NOT turn off the power".

BX811854d ago

@JQM78, If you don't mind saying... What internet service provider do you use? Thanks.

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lilbroRx1855d ago

Why are people so obsessed over every neative thing they can find? I've seen nothing but reports about the same handful of problems but hardly a word about how good the new games play or how the features work on the console.

I'm guess they must be good, because if they were bad then there would be about 30 articles on each one a piece right now.

Thepcz1855d ago

yes, it is frustrating isn't it. the gaming press should get back to reporting games, not the misery of waiting for firmware to download.

get back to reporting games!!!

shammgod1855d ago

Welcome to the online community

jimbobwahey1855d ago

I'd guess people aren't talking about how good the new games are because most of them have received some very poor reviews. It seems that the new Mario title is the only worthwhile launch game.

People seem unable to discuss the features of the console since ones that were promised for launch aren't there or have to be patched in via the ridiculous update which appears to be causing problems for people.

Therefore, you can see why people are highlighting these issues since it's getting in the way of talking about other things. I mean, it's like if you were complaining about people not talking about what it's like to drive a Ferrari when they can't get the freakin' thing to actually start in the first place.

lilbroRx1854d ago

Most of them? I must have missed a lot because most of the reviews I've seen have been overwhelmingly positive for everything that isn't a port.

Summons751854d ago

The only game out of the launch that has really gotten MIXED reviews is ZombiU. ME3 and Batman are equal to their ps3 and 360 counter parts. Nintendo Land has gotten nothing but praise, same with Mario. Ninja Gaiden 3 is being claimed as better than the ps3/360. Haven't heard anything on Blops2 or AC3 but with AC3 being in full 1080p and call of duty having a very unique multiplayer they sound to be equal or better. Scribblenauts is getting great reviews and the system in general people who are streaming it on Twitch have only good things to say.

Only reason why people are only writing about negatives it: 1- for hits, 2- it's gaming media and they have no respect for anything, 3-these people seem to forget there has never been a smooth console launch (360 RROD: for the first 6 months, PS3: yylod and no games, first year, Vita: lack of games, psone support, 3DS, no games first 9 months, Wii, lack of first party and people being stupid and throwing Wiimotes.) If you think a system launch will go smoothly then your nuts basically.

ziggurcat1855d ago (Edited 1855d ago )

welcome to the entitled gaming community, where people cry over/utter death threats over character models/game endings, and people cry over a company doing something as simple as updating their system software to make it a better, more enjoyable experience.

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Ilovetheps41855d ago

I haven't had an issue yet. It took about 50 minutes to download and I think 13 minutes to install. It's been working great since the install though.

swansong1855d ago

Is that a world record for largest console update,5gb? Are they serious-5gb out of the box to enjoy the new console?

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