Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has expressed his apologies that Wii U owners are required to download such a significant system update at launch.
The firmware, estimated to be around 1GB in size, is required to access online services including the Nintendo eShop, Miiverse and Wii U Chat.
“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,” Iwata stated to IGN. “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.”
Wii U is now available aross North America, and launches across Europe tomorrow.