Iwata “very sorry” for Wii U day one system update


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.

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.