Wii U extends day-one patch trend

By Posted 7 Nov 2012, 16:02

If you are planning to pick up the Nintendo Wii U in a couple of weeks time, you may be interested to know that the system isn’t entirely ready at the moment. We have word that the Wii U console requires a software update out of the box, which will supply the system with various online services from Nintendo.

At this present time, consoles are now arriving for review and although nobody is allowed to publish reviews yet, word has got out that the update will be mandatory as soon as the system is booted up for the first time. Considering that the update relates to activating online services only, you shouldn’t panic as these are all items that require a internet connection anyway – ie, nothing removed from the hardware side of things.

The services that will be added to the Wii U after the update include Nintendo TVii, the Wii U eShop, Wii U Chat and Nintendo’s Miiverse service. While this shouldn’t be an issue for most day one-buyers, it may raise an eyebrow or two, seeing as it’s the third instance in the space of a few weeks where developers have also used the same tactics to add features after launch.

Assassin’s Creed 3 and Medal of Honor also needed day one patches to improve functionality, so is this a little warning perhaps that developers are starting to get a little complacent under strict time guidelines? Then again, no actual harm is done, because the intended content is still appearing on day one, albeit via a simple software update.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the details on how long the update will actually take to install. With four core features of the console to put on though on day one, let’s hope that fans are not waiting too long as everyone will obviously be itching to play the likes of ZombiU or New Super Mario Bros U straight away.

What are your thoughts on the growing trend of day-one patches? Is it a huge problem for you or not?

  • http://twitter.com/PhilWing1 Phil

    In regards the to the console, I haven’t got an issue with this at all. It will be slightly time consuming but I can live with that.

    However, I don’t believe that software should be rushed out in such a way that the game requires immediate patching. This is just absurd… Adding content and fixing a few bugs during the lifespan of the software is fine but the state some games are released in is atrocious.

  • Amin

    I don’t care, I actually enjoy updating and plus with the huge amount of RAM in the Wii U, you should be able to play the games whilst its updating

    • Phil

      Yeah, updating is quite fun, but, It will be terrible if the servers break down.