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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Dec 5, 2012

Wii U Day One Patch Won’t Be Part Of Firmware Anytime Soon

If there was one thing that people complained the most about when it came to setting up the Wii U, it was probably the day one patch for the system. This wasn’t some little 5 MB update or anything, but rather it was a 1 GB behemoth that took up a good chunk of the Wii U’s already meager built in storage space. And not only that, but if something happened and the system was shut off in the middle of the update (which could take up to a few hours of time to complete) the system would end up being bricked. Needless to say, it’s a bit of a problem.

There is some good news and bad news regarding the firmware update, however. The good news is that Nintendo will be putting that patch in directly to the firmware, meaning you won’t have to spend hours downloading a patch the minute you set your console up. The bad news is that the consoles with the day one patch already installed in the system won’t be available until sometime early next year, or possibly even until spring.

Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime didn’t give much of a reason why the systems will still need the day one update, other than that only after the patch has been out for a few months will Nintendo go ahead and put it in with the system. My guess is that at this time many chips and systems have been created already, and that while Nintendo has already likely gone ahead and started making systems with this patch pre-loaded there are a lot of the old chips that don’t contain the update that are still perfectly good. Once those old chips have been put into systems and sold then people will start to see the fixed systems.

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