The Nintendo Wii U has been released in its first territory, the US.
Nintendo’s latest console and follow-up to the Nintendo Wii went on sale at midnight in the US.
According to Forbes, the Wii U has already sold out, and consoles are already appearing on eBay for over $500. It retails for $300 to $350 in shops, depending on the model.
Those in the US who have been able to get their hands on a Nintendo Wii U console have encountered their own frustrating delays. Apparently, upon booting up the Nintendo Wii U requires a mandatory software update of around 1GB in size. Combined with some critically slow network performance, it’s taking hours simply to get the console in working order.
As reported by AllThingsD, there’s also the problem that some of the Nintendo Wii U’s core services in the US simply aren’t working at launch. This includes Miiverse, Nintendo’s new social network service, which appears to have buckled under the load of so many simultaneous connections.
In terms of media, neither Amazon Instant Video nor Hulu Plus have been made available from launch day. Even Nintendo’s own TVii service, which provides a TV guide on the console’s 6-inch tablet-like controller, is not available at present.
The Nintendo Wii U will be the first of the so-called next generation consoles to launch, though it’s widely believed to only be as powerful as the existing Microsoft Xbox 360. As mentioned, the Wii U’s main selling point is its unusual tablet-like controller, which can either be used as a second screen for maps and other game features or as the main screen when the TV is otherwise in use.
Hopefully Nintendo will address the Wii U’s US teething problems in time for the European launch on November 30 and the Japanese launch on December 8.