Wii U day-one update 'bricking' some consoles

The Wii U's unpopular 5GB firmware update is reportedly causing big problems for some users.

The Wii U's unpopular 5GB firmware update is reportedly causing big problems for some users.

Just to be clear, the update doesn't actually do this. (Credit: Nintendo; CNET Australia)

Although Australians won't see the Wii U until 30 November, the next-gen console has already launched in the US.

Already under fire for the massive 5GB day-one firmware update that users require to activate a number of system features — such as Miiverse, the online store and the compatibility for older Wii games — reports are coming in that interruptions to the download can render some consoles inoperable.

Ars Technica noted that a number of forum posts and tweets — including one from LA Times reporter Ben Fritz — indicated that interruptions to power or internet access during the update won't just require you to try again; it'll actually kill your console completely.

While there's no official comment from Nintendo yet, bricked consoles should be covered by the standard warranty, and — fingers crossed — the issue will be sorted by the time of the Australian launch.

 

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