Updated: Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:31 | By Relaxnews

Nintendo Wii U consoles won't ship with software update installed until 2013

Those lucky enough to get their hands on a Wii U over the past few weeks were in for a shock when they unpacked their new consoles, only to discover that they needed to connect them to the web and download a huge software update in order for them to work. Depending on the quality of the interent connection, the update took over an hour.


Nintendo Wii U consoles won't ship with software update installed until 2013

Nintendo Wii U consoles won't ship with software update installed until 2013

In an interview with gamasutra, Nintendo's CEO, Satoru Iwata, said he regretted the problem: "Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box. So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware's launch."

However, Nintendo has now announced that new customers will be faced with the same task until some point in 2013 when the console will start shipping with the update pre-installed.

First-day patches are common in the consumer electronics industry because, due to the tight organizational constraints of huge, often mulitinational supply chains, making last-minute updates to software and firmware it not always possible. For example, there are already updates available to Windows 8 users who purchased the software on a disk. Still, a patch of this magnitude is unusual.

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