There are rumblings across these mighty interwebz, friends and neighbors. Rumblings about the Nintendo Wii U. Specifically, rumblings about the out-of-the-box Wii U updates. I’ve heard reports of up to 2 hours or more for updates to download upon first boot of the Wii U. Of course, this is for folks who are connecting their Wii U to a home network for internet access to the various features such as the Wii U’s Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Videos and apps of the such. There’s also the Nintendo Wii U digital store that will allow you to download indie games and full version Nintendo games. That would be our house.
Discussing it with the wife, and deciding that we don’t want to spend Christmas Day on updating the system, we agreed on a plan of action. She took our son to a birthday party today and I opened up his Wii U, connected it to our television and began the updating process. Over all, the complete set-up, update download and individual app updates (Netflix and Youtube only) took a total of 1 hour and 25 minutes. This didn’t even include any game updates that may be required once you insert a disc into the unit, so there’s that possibility as well. But until then, and unless there are other updates between now and Christmas Day, the Wii U will be ready for play. I even managed to pack it back into the box so that it looks 99% like what it did when I opened it!
So, parents be warned. If you are planning on connecting the Wii U to your home network to take advantage of those extra features, you’ve got a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours ahead of you – depending on your connection speed and size of update by the time your gift is presented.