• E3, Featured, General , 18.11.2012

    If you are just picking up your shiny new Nintendo Wii U console at a glamorous launch event, you may have noticed one or two whispers that are emerging about the day one Wii U patch that the console needs. Unfortunately, it isn’t good news as it has been confirmed that the Wii U day one update is 5GB in size, which could be terrible news for those planning to pick up the Wii U Basic Pack.

    Wii U update problems for Basic owners

    If you didn’t pre-order a console yet, we would definitely advise you to reconsider your plans on getting the Basic version for $299.99 which only comes with 8GB of flash storage. This update is going to cripple your storage options after installation, with only a mere 3GB left for your own usage.

    Nintendo appears to have been a bit naughty indeed by not revealing the true size of this update prior to launch and as a result, consumers are not too happy on Twitter after discovering this issue when powering on their Basic packages for the first time. It is bad enough that the system doesn’t come with the Nintendo Network out of the box, but Nintendo should have really advised consumers beforehand on the update size.

    5GB is hefty amount for any system update and depending on your internet connection speed, you could be waiting up to 4 hours for the download, as well as added installation time before you can actually start playing games. If you have been keeping an eye on Wii U launch issues, you may have probably heard already that one user has managed to brick their device – by turning off the console during the update. It goes without saying that you really don’t want to be pulling a similar stunt during your update.

    We can feel the sigh of relief in the air for all those gamers who opted for the 32GB Deluxe model instead at $349.99. What are Basic consumers going to do with just 3GB of storage left though after installing this meaty patch update? No doubt they will be looking for Nintendo to provide some clarity on this, as they are surely entitled to feel a little bit aggrieved over Nintendo’s silence

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  • 28 Comments

    1. stomp_442
      11-18-2012
      11:24 PM
      1

      5GB update, I wondered why it took so long. Hell, I got home so late, and fell asleep while the update was in process. Then I awoke to a game pad with a dead battery, and an incomplete update download. I guess the small charge that nintendo put to the battery was not sufficient enough to last thru the update. So I plugged the power cord into the game pad and went back to sleep to complete the update.

    2. hellsing9
      11-18-2012
      11:28 PM
      2

      Originally Posted by stomp_442
      5GB update, I wondered why it took so long. Hell, I got home so late, and fell asleep while the update was in process. Then I awoke to a game pad with a dead battery, and an incomplete update download. I guess the small charge that nintendo put to the battery was not sufficient enough to last thru the update. So I plugged the power cord into the game pad and went back to sleep to complete the update.
      Nintendo messed up big time..
      5GB of update?!? friggin incredible.

    3. stomp_442
      11-18-2012
      11:33 PM
      3

      That is bad for a console that might not have much internal storage, they better not need to do much updating from here on out. What would happen if Wii U owners need to install a mandatory update but the console has run out of memory?

    4. hellsing9
      11-18-2012
      11:41 PM
      4

      Originally Posted by stomp_442
      That is bad for a console that might not have much internal storage, they better not need to do much updating from here on out. What would happen if Wii U owners need to install a mandatory update but the console has run out of memory?
      Hordes of angry people smashing the console on retail stores?..
      Better for nintendo to fix the issue ASAP.

    5. GraVoX959
      11-18-2012
      11:44 PM
      5

      I would have left it offline.. chances are there was an exploit

      Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2

    6. hellsing9
      11-18-2012
      11:46 PM
      6

      Originally Posted by GraVoX959
      I would have left it offline.. chances are there was an exploit

      Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
      On a 5GB update chances are very high.
      I doubt such hugh update is for fixing some minor problems.

    7. stomp_442
      11-18-2012
      11:47 PM
      7

      I think sending in white Wii U to to Nintendo for free internal storage would be a good trade off, but a very bad inconvenience due to Nintendo not thinking correctly when selling an 8GB console that badly needs more internal storage. Does the 5GB update actually get installed to the users internal storage? I'll have to give a look at my Wii U internal storage and see what's going on there.

    8. ttesterzz
      11-19-2012
      12:05 AM
      8

      I know I would be P*SSED! HAHA Come on now.. 5GB update?! Come on now nintendo.. smh.

    9. stussy1
      11-19-2012
      12:35 AM
      9

      Lol 5 gig does it come with a game or something

    10. stomp_442
      11-19-2012
      12:41 AM
      10

      Well, it's not the end of the world, not for me anyways, I got the black Wii U with 32GB storage. The update installed and all is working good. Sucks to be the guy that settled for a white Wii U.

    11. goddess_althena
      11-19-2012
      12:42 AM
      11

      I find the comment, "depending on internet connection you could be waiting up to 4 hours for the update to download" interesting. If I had to download that update on my internet connection it would take much longer than that, not to mention that 5GB would have (up until recently) eaten up my entire 5GB a month data cap (it's now 15GB). This is shameful of Nintendo. Has everyone forgotten that just because there are crazy fast methods of internet connection out there, it's definitely not available to the entire world? Some of us in rural areas have nothing but crap options for ISPs. It would be nice if these stupid companies would think about that before dumping 5GB updates and patches and whatnot on us.

    12. stomp_442
      11-19-2012
      12:47 AM
      12

      I've read elsewhere that the download is only about 1GB, which will expand to about 4.75GB once it downloads. The reason it took so long is because the Nintendo servers were getting hit hard.

    13. hellsing9
      11-19-2012
      12:47 AM
      13

      Originally Posted by stomp_442
      I think sending in white Wii U to to Nintendo for free internal storage would be a good trade off, but a very bad inconvenience due to Nintendo not thinking correctly when selling an 8GB console that badly needs more internal storage. Does the 5GB update actually get installed to the users internal storage? I'll have to give a look at my Wii U internal storage and see what's going on there.
      Yeah internal.
      That's why the ones with 8GB are so pissed off.

      Im starting to think that Wii-u got affected by other companies buying cloud systems like gaikai...
      Just sayin'.

      Almost 4 hours to download a friggin update?...jesus.
      They have only ONE server for all the users on the globe?.

    14. zebular
      11-19-2012
      12:56 AM
      14

      Couple things... 1) Nintendo seems more and more like the 50yr old dad trying to look cool and hang out with the teenagers. 2) yeah 5gb day one patch is retarded but it seems like nintendo has just heard of this thing called the internet and online gaming in the past year. I honestly want this system to fail, so tired of the gimmicks. I can only imagine the amount of nintendogs and cats type games that are going to be on this abortion of a game system. BTW I actually am a Nintendo fan but they have made some **** choices the past 10yrs.

    15. gambaownsu
      11-19-2012
      01:04 AM
      15

      Finally, I'm happy that Nintendo ****s up. They deserve much worse.

      I was/(still am a bit though) a Nintendo fanboy like everybody else (SNES/N64 era) but they ****ed the core gamer for casuals. Anyway, I hope their WiiU to fail hard.

    16. oPolo
      11-19-2012
      01:08 AM
      16

      So big deal?

      Who could have expected that the 8gb was for anything else than system updates and gamesaves. 8GB is nothing for anything else, and honestly, its stupid whining over ._. It sounds as if people had expected to use that space for anything. Not even a single game can fit there, so honestly, to me its obvious that that space has been meant for system updates.
      I guess that is why they have said themselves that it supports external harddrives.

      5GB day one patch though, is a hefty sum for those just wanting to try it.

    17. stomp_442
      11-19-2012
      01:18 AM
      17

      I got an xbox 360 that came with 4GB internal storage and haven't installed anything to the thing. It now has less than 1GB left, just from game saves and dash updates. Maybe that's why they introduced cloud storage, to make sure owners of a 4GB console don't get screwed.

    18. hellsing9
      11-19-2012
      01:45 AM
      18

      Originally Posted by stomp_442
      I got an xbox 360 that came with 4GB internal storage and haven't installed anything to the thing. It now has less than 1GB left, just from game saves and dash updates. Maybe that's why they introduced cloud storage, to make sure owners of a 4GB console don't get screwed.
      That's the whole idea of cloud storage (Gaikai) less physical space more virtual space.
      But in some point Nintendo did not enter into that strategy for reasons that i don't know.

      Maybe this Wii-u even with some neat hardware was designed/created to fail.
      I smell PS vita syndrome all over again.

      Good piece of hardware, bad company movements.
      Most of portables this year were a big letdown...i don't see any difference on this case.

    19. cloudx
      11-19-2012
      01:49 AM
      19

      i have a feeling there are going to be some recalls lol but i might get the premium console instead or just get the 90001 ps2 model XD lol

    20. stevorkz
      11-19-2012
      02:17 AM
      20

      5gb update on launch day? Definitely to fix a major flaw in the system there is no two minds about it.

      As for what [MENTION=171728]oPolo[/MENTION] said I agree. What did anyone expect to do with 8gb in any case? Its 8 gigs
      If you want space for media slap in an external.

      On the other hand if its true that it takes up 5gb of storage it is rather lame from day one that you 8gb wii u is all of a sudden a 3gb wii u

    21. ryant001
      11-19-2012
      02:17 AM
      21

      Originally Posted by hellsing9
      On a 5GB update chances are very high.
      I doubt such hugh update is for fixing some minor problems.
      I heard that this update introduced the backward compatibility for wii games that was missing out of the box and the possibility to transfer saves from the wii to wiiU so, if anything else, they introduced some security flaws since you can exploit both the wii games and their saves.

    22. hellsing9
      11-19-2012
      02:25 AM
      22

      Originally Posted by ryant001
      I heard that this update introduced the backward compatibility for wii games that was missing out of the box and the possibility to transfer saves from the wii to wiiU so, if anything else, they introduced some security flaws since you can exploit both the wii games and their saves.
      Late call..always late. Dear Nintendo.

    23. Warrorar
      11-19-2012
      02:37 AM
      23

      the price difference of the basic and premium wii u is arround 50dollar.
      the storage ammount difference is 24gb.

      i can buy a external usb drive with 500gb for 50dollar.


      basic version 299$ + 500gb external 50$ = 349$ Storage (8gb + 500gb for games)
      premium version 349$ = 349$ (32gb for games)


      feel the difference.
      and even since the ps3, everyone should know that IT IS possible to play hardcore 3d games from an usb external. we are here on ps3hax, everyone should know this!

    24. WalangAlam
      11-19-2012
      02:47 AM
      24

      Wow what a big file size update. Can we not update through usb just like x360 and ps3? Not everybody have fast internet, others don't even have internet.

      Can we not use external for saving and installing games and such? I have 3 2TB hdds...

    25. G-STAR01
      11-19-2012
      08:03 AM
      25

      5GB? wtf

      Feel sorry for those that have slow internet speeds.

    26. synce
      11-19-2012
      10:58 AM
      26

      What goes into those 5GB? The PS3 and 360 don't come even near that. My only guess is that it's mostly dummy data. Make it tougher to share the firmware when it inevitably gets hacked

    27. totalv
      11-21-2012
      07:39 PM
      27

      expected Nintendo screw-ups

    28. $n!pR
      11-21-2012
      08:13 PM
      28

      They probably replaced the entire file system with exception of the boot loader.