Wii U: quitting day-one update could kill consoles – report

Monday, 19th November 2012 11:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U has launched in the States, and it comes with a rather sizeable day-one firmware update, coming in at 5GB. The update takes ages to download according to multiple sources, and one impatient critic who quit the update halfway through is claiming the move has killed their console outright. Get more details below.

This morning Brenna posted a full run-down of Wii U launch information, where we describe the initial set up process. The 5GB firmware update adds backwards compatibility, MiiVerse and other elements into the mix, and leaves little room left on 8GB consoles.

Now, has reported that LA Times scribe Ben Fritz quit the update on his console before it finished, reducing his console down to an unusable paperweight for good.

Fritz tweeted out a warning about unplugging the console mid-update after suffering the fate, calling the console ‘unshippable’ as a result. He also claims there is no update cancel button or warning about unplugging the system. It’s just a basic progress bar that moves painfully slow.

The lesson here? Don’t unplug your Wii U console before the updates are done. We’ve asked Nintendo for a comment on the matter.

To be fair this is standard knowledge for any console update, just be smart and promise us you won’t do the same, or else we’ll have to bust out an ‘I told you so’.



  1. xxJPRACERxx

    Wow, that’s pretty bad!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Did they follow the same approach as Sony initially, where the entire firmware needed replacing every time?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    To be fair though, turning shit off during an update is pretty freaking dumb, warning or not, anyone with the least bit of computer experience knows that’s something you don’t do.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. uomoartificiale

    unplugging the cord is not something I would expect from a professional :D but hey, a power outage is always a possibility during a 5GB update…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, if your console cable popped out, or some shit like that, a brick console would be unforgivable, but otherwise, you nearly deserve a good bricking to straighten you out.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. FabioPal

    @4 +1

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    Iam really worried about this because here in my country power outage are a common thing, so common that we have two or three per week, in the hottest months, which is basecally almost all months, except november and december, with my ps3 this happened a lot of times but when the systems starts again, it will begin to format the console, but then again, after a period of time all the consoles applications and systems starst normally like nothing did happened, this is a serious issue, oh boy, i think i will avoid the update like the plaque untill theres official information and a workable solution.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Digital Bamboo

    “here in my country power outage are a common thing, so common that we have two or three per week, in the hottest months, which is basecally …all months” <–that made me smile, & a bit jealous. I grew up in Canada, & saw a bit of snow on the ground this morning here in Korea. Damn winter.

    I hope, for your sake, that there is some way around this.

    Also, pretty dumb move my Mr. Fritz. Why would he ever do that? Especially if it was his job to write a review about it?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    #8 LOL digital bamboo, yes but i do prefer four seasons, we are hot all the time, which is as bad as being cold all the time,like in Canada the extremes are not good, neither of them, but i grant for those living in Canada some Hot is rather nice, but i do prefer having all the four seasons, in weather as consoles variety/diversity is the spice of life ;)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Mike W

    Yeah it took forever for that damn download. It was entirely to long, thank God there wasn’t any power outages yesterday.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #10 Mike how many hours are we talking about here?, just to have an estimate.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mark82

    If this happened on a Sony console you’d never hear the end of it!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Mike W


    It took about a hour and five minutes for me, it me be longer or shorter for some, depending on their service.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. SpinachPuffs

    I keep seeing the patch being described as 5GB, but isn’t that an exaggeration? The *entire OS* is 5GB after the patch (a white Wii U has 3 of its 8GB free post-patch). That doesn’t mean – and, indeed, makes it highly unlikely – that the patch itself is as large as that.

    #14 2 years ago

    If they didn’t put a warning, they can expect some lawsuits pretty soon.

    People should also hope that the same doesn’t happen if their Internet connection suddenly drops for whatever reason…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    I would assume there is a warning.

    Losing power during these sorts of processes will nearly always brick your hardware, no matter what it is. Losing your connection shouldn’t cause any problems though. It can just backtrack to an older version.

    #16 2 years ago

    I said that, because according to the source of the story, there was no warning message.

    If that’s true, then Nintendo have been a bit silly.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Old MacDonald

    5 GB? If that really is true, then that means I simply can’t update it at home. I guess it’s mandatory?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 yep. It doesn’t leave you enough space to install NintendoLand. Nintendo’s solution: buy USB sticks.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    I think the size of the update is a far bigger issue than the pretty obvious fact that the device will brick if it’s shut down in the middle of an installation. That’s a pretty ridiculous situation right there.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    5GB Patch?
    Fantastic programmers and OS I guess.
    Consoles… Cheap-Overpriced PC’s.

    Just for laugh. Windows XP Service Pack 3 requires only 480 mb.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Kabby

    It’s not 5Gb. It’s closer to 1.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    I think buying a system at launch is a huge mistake.

    Wait until the system will have That patch inside.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CrimsonThunder

    A few things, first off having a huge update like that is stupid. A lot of people don’t have good enough internet and I’d hate to see 5GB of my quota go to a damn update.

    Wii U discs are 25GB, they could have put it on that, although I know their excuse is that the people making this stuff wanted to “perfect” it (yeah right, more like your time management is terrible), they could have still had a basic version on the console and added the update to a future game and given people the option of keeping the basic until they buy the game with the update on it.

    Nintendo really likes to show how out of touch they are.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. deedock

    It does have a warning. It also turns off the auto shut down feature.

    #25 2 years ago

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