Wii U’s First Firmware Update Is Huge And Took Over An Hour To Update

By Spencer . November 18, 2012 . 10:04am

wiiu-32 The Wii U shipped without out Miiverse, eShop, the Internet Browser, and backwards compatibility. Your console has to complete a lengthy firmware update before you can access these features. I updated my Wii U before the console launched and it took 55 minutes to download. Then there was another 30 minutes of waiting to install it.


The time to update your Wii U may take even longer now and if you start the process do not unplug your Wii U to quit. You could brick your Wii U in the process and it looks like that happened to a few people already.


Nintendo doesn’t say how big the firmware update is, but it appears system software eats up a significant portion of the console’s storage space. I have a 32 GB Wii U and with firmware version 1.0 (a stock Wii U before the update) there was 25 GB of free space.


New Super Mario Bros. U and other Wii U titles can be played without the firmware update. Unless you enjoy watching progress bars, we recommend starting the firmware update overnight.

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