That is absolutely terrible, having to wait a length of time as soon as you take it out of the box, and even worse if you only bought an 8GB version.
Okay, no problem. Except the giant update — which contained Miiverse, Netflix, a web browser and God knows what else — was such a ginormous download that it took users around 90 minutes to pull it down. So be aware: If you buy a Wii U for Christmas, you’re going to be spending a good part of Christmas morning and some of Christmas afternoon updating the OS first. Oh, and don’t get impatient and stop the process halfway, or as L.A. Times reporter Ben Fritz found, you might permanently brick your new Wii U.
Nintendo isn't good at making operating systems, period.
A giant let down from nintendo, again.
Netflix on Wii U, as it turns out, doesn’t do any of that. The only difference between it and any other bog standard Netflix app is that you can show the movie on the TV or the GamePad. Convenient, but nothing you couldn’t do — better — with an Xbox and an iPad.
Considering how fat the controller is, it should have a bigger, better battery.putting a smaller one inside the case, presumably to keep the cost of goods low. Oh, and you can’t charge GamePad by plugging it into the Wii U console. It has its own proprietary AC adapter and it must be plugged into the wall.
What is the point in miiverse? I prefer twitter
That’s apparently not the only thing that Nintendo’s eagle eyes are looking out for. Destructoid writer Jim Sterling said he had a message banned for using the word “idiot” in a funny Batman quote (it was later reviewed and re-posted). One parent said on Twitter that his son cannot use his first name — Killian — because Miiverse deems the word to be offensive.
I changed my profile to “Hi!” Nintendo has not flagged it — yet.
Why should we expect anything better from Nintendo?
Then you put the card into the Wii U and wait another half hour as the Pikmin move the files from the SD card to the Wii U. But besides being time-consuming, there’s also a big missing feature. If you had games already stored on an SD card and not on the Wii’s system memory, you have to move them back to the Wii or else you can’t transfer them. But if you have games stored on the SD card in the first place, that’s probably because you ran out of memory on your Wii (not hard, since it only has 512 megabytes in there). So you are screwed. The transfer process will move over all of the digital licenses, but to get those games onto your Wii U, you’ll have to individually download every single one again from the digital store, which will take forever.
Adding insult to injury, if you pop the SD card full o’ games into your Wii U, it will actually recognize them, show them as icons on the menu, then tell you you cannot play them if you try to click on them.
So instead of simply being able to drop all of your previously owned Virtual Console classic games into a folder on Wii U’s main menu, you have to navigate into the Wii mode, basically rebooting the system, to do it. Most things on Wii U take forever, but man does this take forever: one minute, 28 seconds, two controllers and five clicks from startup to gameplay.
And yes, even though Wii now has tons of internal storage, you can still only use 512K of it for old Wii games, meaning you’ll have to still keep an SD card full of Virtual Console games in your Wii U even if you connect a terabyte hard drive to it.
You can’t play old Wii games on the GamePad’s screen. This would have been pretty amazing for the classic Virtual Console games — imagine just sitting back with the GamePad and playing the 8-bit version of Legend of Zelda while someone else uses the TV. Nintendo says it’s going to release new versions of the games with GamePad support for the Wii U’s eShop. Hopefully it will offer some kind of upgrade path instead of screwing its most dedicated big-spending customers.
Finally, I don’t know about yours, but my TV will not let me go into “normal” 4:3 display mode when it gets a 16:9, 1080p signal. And that’s what Wii U outputs all the time, even for the old games. So unless I want to play Secret of Mana stretched out like a freaking funhouse mirror across my whole TV, I have to manually set the Wii U’s display to 480p.Why have those there?
I have said that the resistive screen idea was a terrible one since first hearing about it. Why in 2012 must we still have to deal with resistive screens?
10 Things I Hate About Wii U | Game|Life | Wired.com
“Do you want to have a Friends List?” it basically said. “Yes,” I clicked, exasperatedly. “Okay, now you have one!” it said (again I paraphrase).
That was the Whole. Entire. Process.
I understand why kids want an iPad over this for Christmas