Nintendo president apologises for 1GB Wii U launch update

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has apologised to purchasers of the Wii U over the hefty download required on launch day in order to access online features.

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has apologised to purchasers of the Wii U over the hefty download required on launch day in order to access online features.

 
The next-generation console, the sequel to the popular Wii, went on sale in the US nearly two weeks ago, but many players were angered by the fact that they needed to download a 1GB update when the device was just out of the box.
 
With European and Australian launches tomorrow, and the Japanese launch in early December, many more people are likely to be upset by the large download, especially if they have slow internet connections or monthly data caps.
 
“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, 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,” Iwata told IGN.
 
 Nintendo president apologises for 1GB Wii U launch update
 
He said that he believes players will be pleased when they do complete the download, adding that the system is something you need to “actually touch and experience [for] yourself.”
 
The Wii U sold a substantial 400,000 units in its launch week in the US, effectively selling out at all retailers, but Iwata was careful not to judge the success of it yet, stating that he believes the company should never set a standard for success, but rather always try to do better. 
 
Industry analysts won't be so shy to cast judgement, however, and it looks like the Wii U is certainly selling at a better than anticipated pace, leading to the kinds of launch shortages seen by the original Wii console.
 
Source: GamesIndustry