Download interruption at core of the issue
It looks like some people aren’t following the warnings to not interrupt the Wii U‘s download of its major firmware update. GamesIndustry International has reported that many consoles are ‘bricking’ when users reset or power down their new Wii U console because the update is downloading too slowly.
The mandatory 1 GB update (originally thought to be 5 GB) has been reported to take over an hour, though the time is largely dependent on the user’s internet connection.
Nintendo issued a statement about the update (quoted via Tech Hive), “It may take an hour or more to perform the system update – the time required depends on the speed of your internet connection. Powering off the console during the update may damage your system. The update enables numerous features including Miiverse, Wii U Chat and the eShop, which provides the ability to download video-on-demand applications.”
But for those who just don’t want to wait for the update to download, there is a light on the horizon. Nintendo Gamer has published a workaround that will allow impatient gamers to download the firmware update in the background while they are left free to play something else. After the update has downloaded, it can be installed for a reduced wait time of 10 to 15 minutes.
Just… don’t shut it off.
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