Nintendo’s latest game console, the Wii U, launched on Sunday, but its the console’s downloadable system update that has stolen the spotlight; at least, for the time being.
The update, which adds the Miiverse, eShop, and Wii backwards-compatibility features to the console, begins downloading immediately after a user starts up the Wii U console and connects to the Internet. The update is huge, at approximately 5 GB. Nintendo’s servers have been frustratingly slow for many who are downloading the update, causing the process to take two to three hours. Worse yet, some consoles are being rendered completely useless — nothing more than expensive ($299 or $349) paperweights — thanks to a “bricking” issue some are having with the update.