Nintendo chief sorry for Wii U software woes ahead of UK launch

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has apologised for the large day one software update new Nintendo Wii U owners are having to face, as well as for the lack of core services ahead of tonight’s UK launch.

The Nintendo Wii U launched in the US on November 18, but users have been booting up the games console only to find that a large (around 1GB) software update is required before getting started.

Early adopters have also found a number of key services missing from the Nintendo Wii U console at launch, including Nintendo’s own TVii service, which provides a TV guide on the console’s tablet-like controller. This now won’t launch until the console’s Japanese launch on December 8, and won’t hit the west until early 2013.

Speaking to IGN, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata accepted that this was not a desirable turn of events. “Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box,” he revealed. He then went on to offer an apology for these early issues.

“I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware’s launch,” said Iwata.

The Wii U launches in the UK at midnight tonight, but even some two weeks after the initial US launch we can expect the same day-one updates and software omissions as our American cousins.

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