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Submitted by GoldenElf 1105d ago | news

Wii U Day One Update is Only 1GB, Can be Downloaded in Background

Tynan Muddle at writes: Oh, the internet. What was once a beautiful land of forgotten dreams has now turned into a cesspool of propaganda and unfounded rage, like the recent air around the Wii U launch in North America.

Here’s what happened: some journalist in America went out and bought a Wii U at midnight launch. He got home and saw the console asked him to perform a system update after he connected to WiFi. And so he sat, looking at the screen for a whole 15 minutes before getting bored and yanking the power cable out of the wall. (Nintendo, Wii U)

dazzrazz  +   1106d ago
I never heard about ability to brick shit while downloading update ! Applying update yes but downloading ??? 0_o
Neonridr  +   1106d ago
I know. People overreact so much.
darthv72  +   1105d ago
this is what happens
when you perpetuate something you have no solid information on. Its like that old game of telephone.

you tell something to one person, that person tells it to another and then so on and so on but during the game, the info gets a bit out of place and by the time it makes it all the way back to the originator....

what started out as a wii-u died has turned into somebodies dog died and they are setting up a mcdonalds on the moon.
Deku-Johnny  +   1105d ago
The system gets bricked if you turn the system off while it's updating, it's simple really just don't turn the system off til it's done.
Abdou23  +   1105d ago
SO people who got the 8 GB version actually only get 3 ?!!
and same case with 32 ?!
DivineAssault  +   1106d ago
Who in the right mind would yank a cord out while downloading something? Purposely looking for a way to eff it up? Well its good to know that it wont brick in case of a power outage.. The media is out to destroy nintendo & it might actually work.. Sure its mostly sold out at retailers but it can be found if u look hard enough w/o over paying on ebay.. The wii was gone instantly but this is still around just like when gamecube launched (just not as much)
Gr81  +   1105d ago
How's your
Vita doing?
ronin4life  +   1105d ago
What does that have to do with anything?

?_ .

He/she didn't seem critical to me though... not with this comment anyway.
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Gr81  +   1105d ago
@ Ronin; Nothing lol
But I figured I'd add as much to this news report as Divine.

His critiques are only limited to Nintendo products.
Gr81  +   1105d ago
Give it time, brother, give it time.

Read between the lines and Divine is insisting that Wii U isn't selling as well as the gaming media would lead us to believe. You see its not really sold out, just Nintendo manipulating shipments.

Meanwhile Vita is trending behind the Dreamcast, yet its the greatest handheld of all time.

I'm not making this up, he's said these things. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it does seem silly when someone shows up into EVERY SINGLE Nintendo discussion and makes critiques that could be applied to other console makers as well, but you won't hear that from his dude.

I've no sacred cows, I'm critical of Nintendo as well. But the hypocrisy kills me.
Hicken  +   1105d ago
Actually, according to my store, we were only sold out of the larger bundles; the 8GB weren't selling at all.

That aside, it's amazing to see you jump in being a troll again, Arius. You were asking DivineAssault, but if he's got P4G like I do, then his Vita's doing just fine. And that's outside of all the other games I have, and the stuff I'm about to grab from PS+ just getting implemented on Vita.

Yeah, I'd say, even without firsthand experience, that his Vita is doing well, indeed.

How's yours?
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Gr81  +   1105d ago
Good to see you buddy!

Yeah nah I'm like the majority of the human population that doesn't give a damn about Vita.

But other than that I'm good. Hope alls well!
Janitor  +   1105d ago
@Divine-Its not hard to find at all, I was at two different walmarts today looking for a different gift for my son and both of them had Wii U in stock. Just to prove I'm not trolling check the site for in-store availability for zip code 40229.
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jmc8888  +   1105d ago
I know, who turns off the console while it's updating? Seriously, it doesn't matter what device it is, you simply don't do it.

I mean, because it's slow? Ya think during a console launch?

See that's what's funny, people are trolling so hard, they think (like idiots) that if you can find one, it's not selling well.

Nintendo has been saying for awhile they will have regular deliveries. Besides, I picked up a 360 three days after launch xmas, and a PS3 two days after a launch xmas. At Target and Wal*Mart in the Phx area (which is ~4 million people, so yeah, not a small area).

Lots of people are blowing launch issues way out of proportion, it's hilarious. It's a new network, things were going to be iffy. It's been a great launch, unless people were unrealistic. Some by disappointment, some because they want to hate. Both completely unrealistic.

Why are journalists these days the stupidest guys in any room?
dkgshiz  +   1105d ago
I think a big reason to this was lack of advertising. I know many people who didn't have a clue it was coming out on the 18th.
ylwzx3  +   1105d ago
That 1GB seemd like 10gb
SuperShyGuy  +   1105d ago
Well an unprepared Nintendo and server overload would do that.
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kesvalk  +   1105d ago
you mean to tell me that all this uproar was because a imbecile decided to not do his job and give us half assed news?

his whole job is to search for factual info and give it to us!!!

this guy needs to lose his job.
Griffin4871  +   1105d ago
And many others.
ExPresident  +   1105d ago
The problem is a lot of them are just ppl blogging from home, they just happen to do it on a website that might make them look credible. There is hardly any real journalism in gaming.
MegaLagann  +   1105d ago
I've learned this a long time ago; gaming and respectable journalism don't mix. You either spread misinformation or crack unfunny jokes when you're suppose to be a professional.
SpiralTear  +   1105d ago
When I downloaded the update, I knew it couldn't be 5gb. 5gb even on a solid connection would take much longer than what it took for me, which was about 1 1/2 hours tops. I downloaded Alan Wake on my 360 and it took upwards to 5 hours to finish downloading.

But if this info is true, and the fact stands that the "bricked" consoles were downloading the update instead of malfunctioning, That changes quite a bit.
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Deku-Johnny  +   1105d ago
I think whenever any says something bad about the Wii U I'm going to take it as the opposite then I might be closer to the truth. I started doing that with Pachter a long time ago and it's worked for me so far.
Axonometri  +   1105d ago
Only 1gb would not be such a big deal if it weren't for having only a couple gig left on a brand new machine with the rest of the consoles life ahead of it.
jmc8888  +   1105d ago
Everybody knows to buy a HD. Newegg has 2tb external ones for $89.99. Cheaper than a crappy MS one that's 1/8th size. Hell even a 20gb one crapped out on me.

Hell I have over a TB in my Steam library, so yeah, even the 360/PS3 top capacity drives are small.
Axonometri  +   1105d ago
the point being the drives should be bigger to start with.
darthv72  +   1105d ago
in reality
an update usually replaces files. it does not sit in addition to. All firmware updates overwrite the existing firmware but at the same time, if new features are being added then i can see where it would take up additional space. But you wouldnt lose a whole other gb in addition to what is already there.

also, just like with the 360 and ps3, there is an allocated amount of space that they generally never exceed. But they also want to make sure there is enough to store the dl file before it gets applied and merged into the system.
neogeo  +   1105d ago
well it did not make sense to me because all the WiiU hardware tear downs agree that it's a very well built system. that is 1 thing NIN really get right, my gamecube has been dropped, stepped on and thrown across the room by my pissed off wife any always works perfectly after.
deletingthis34675334  +   1105d ago
Only? That is huge compared to the PS3 firmware updates which the latest release amounts to 192MB when downloading using a PC, a small fraction of a gigabyte. I hope any future updates are just small patches and not forcing you to download the entire firmware each and every time you update. That would really suck for people with limited bandwidth. I get only 5GB a month where I live, yes, 5, ARE YOU HEARING THIS!? 5, A FIVE! A little 5...
ronin4life  +   1105d ago
I think we all hope this...
The only saving grace is that this was a rather important and exceptional update. I can't see minor fixes being anywhere near as large, unless Nintendo bunches the pathces together in spaced burts instead of making a crapton of small ones constantly... though I don't know which would be worse...
darthv72  +   1105d ago
there are two ways they can approach this
the ps3 method of small but frequent system updates. OR the 360 approach of seasonal updates that encompass a plethora of fixes at one time.

Either way, they have an allocated amount of space they work with and system updates are overwritable. So while it may look like 1gb is being downloaded, once the update is applied that space is then freed up due to the file having been merged into the system.

At least, that is the usual method of system updates.
gumgum99  +   1105d ago
rofl, oh the lovely internets...

Never change. :)
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usernames  +   1105d ago
What's funny is, the site that I first saw this story on ( via is down. It just baffles me that people were so eager to see this thing fail. Pretty pathetic.
usernames  +   1105d ago
Ok they're back up
MegaLagann  +   1105d ago
Most people nowadays started gaming either the sixth or more likely this gen and the sixth gen was really the start of the Nintendo hate train.
kingPoS  +   1105d ago
I'm not sure the guy even read the manual.

Argh! this Microsoft pc update is taking to long , I'll just pull the power cable out cause I don't feel like waiting.

Ahh! common sense... wherever did you go?
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animegamingnerd  +   1105d ago
it died when shows like the jersey shore premiered
kopicha  +   1105d ago
I didn't read the article. But a question to the header. The firmware update is 1GB???
Mikito11  +   1105d ago
Don't know how anyone even believed that guy in the first place!
No one should listen to someone who is dumb enough to unplug something while its updating!!
deafdani  +   1105d ago
I called it, and got a bunch of disagrees. N4G is truly a special place.
Phil32  +   1104d ago
So once again Geoff Keighly and the game "journalists" who agreed with him about the update being 5 GB are proven ignorant and wrong.

What an industry.

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