Wii U Launched Amid Complaints

By Khurram Aziz | Nov 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Sunday was the big launch day for Nintendo's Wii U game consoles. But already users are complaining that they are experiencing long waits for mandatory software updates and that some of the device's most notable features, including the company's social network, called Miiverse, are not working.

Follow us

What's more, Ninentdo said that some of its video features, such as Amazon Instant Video, TVii and Hulu Plus would not be available until later.

"So many Miis have jumped on Miiverse that some may be having problems connecting to the service," said a tweet from Nintendo shortly after its new console hit store shelves. "We are in the engine room getting it fixed!"

The Wii U is Nintendo's first console since its hugely popular Wii was released in 2006.

The Wii U builds on its motion-controlled predecessor with more powerful hardware, support for high-definition video output, and a novel tablet-syle controller featuring an integrated touch-screen display. Demand for the console has been high, with many stores across the country reporting empty stock.

Those lucky enough to have got their hands on the product are reporting multiple issues such as a necessary firmware update to fix bugs and enable online multiplayer modes that requires a huge download that can take more than two hours.

"Every single game requires about a 200 meg update to function with Miiverse," said one review on Amazon.com.

"Download speeds from Nintendo's servers are awful. The very first thing you need to do is download a system update that's well over 1 gig in size. It took me 2.5 hours to get it. After that every single game you play requires an update."

However, other reviewers were more philosophical, saying that the launch-day problems should eventually be ironed out by Nintendo.

"You may want to bring a book along (at least at first)--the initial setup required two downloads to be made over the internet," said a person who bought the console on the day it was released. "This is most likely going to be an early adopter problem--I suspect since today is the release date that Nintendo's servers are getting slammed."

The Wii U is available as a $300 basic version, with 8GB storage and a $350 deluxe version that comes with 32GB storage. The console has been released with a strong lineup of titles including New Super Mario Bros. Mii, Darksiders II, DiRT, Aliens Colonial Marines, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, Metro Last Light and Tekken.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2013 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Ericsson Announces World-Leading Launches Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014

Join Our Conversation

Leaked image of the Amazon 3D smartphone in protective shell Amazon’s upcoming 3D smartphone leaks in first images, with more spec details
Google: All Glass spots claimed in Explorer Program after April 15 one-day sale following KitKat update
Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8, LG Google Nexus 5 & iPhone 5S in drop, slide, and dunk tests (VIDEO)
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview released – Get it now
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Adobe Lightroom MobileAdobe Lightroom mobile hits the iPad, coming soon to iPhones
Apple updates Mac iWork for iCloud suite – What’s new in Pages, Numbers and Keynote?
Microsoft launches Office for iPad, makes Office Mobile free on Android and iPhones
Twitter adds photo tagging, multiple photo sharing to iPhone and Android apps
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps