Many buyers of the console system are reporting bricked systems indirectly due to a massive day one firmware update.
According to reports, the update is around 5GB in size, and is taking a very long time (more than two hours) to update.
Gamers who turned off their console midway during the update found it bricked the next time they switched it on.
Warning: don’t unplug your Wii U during the 2 hour plus software update or the console stops working, Tweeted Ben Fritz of the LA Times.
Geoff Keighley, presenter of the Spike TV show GTTV, also tweeted about the update.
The Wii U firmware update is apparently about 5 gigs,” wrote Keighley. “No wonder it takes about an hour+ to download.
This is a serious issue for Nintendo, as no warning of the risk of bricking the system was given prior to or alongside the firmware update. Furthermore, this is extremely troubling for users who bought the 8GB models, as the 5GB update almost completely fills up the space, making it impossible to install Nintendo Land.
Nintendo has already been approached for clarification of the update, its size, and for technical and customer service advice.
Wii U is set to launch in the UK on November 30.