Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

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Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby slamatron » 19 Nov 2012, 03:24

so if you got the basic wii u you have to have extended memory to install the firmware just to play games ? seems unfair but i suppose everyone who got one at launch will have a external memory item at the start.
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby Windowlicker79 » 19 Nov 2012, 03:52

slamatron wrote:so if you got the basic wii u you have to have extended memory to install the firmware just to play games ? seems unfair but i suppose everyone who got one at launch will have a external memory item at the start.

No that's not right. Its a firmware update, so it will replace the firmware currently installed. The Firmware on the basic Wii U is 5gb so owners will still have the same pathetic 3gb they had available originally.
I really can't see the basic Wii U selling that well. The fact that system software takes up over 65% of available storage just seems like madness to me. Surely it wouldn't have been that much more expensive to up it to 16gb? Even the 32gb version is a bit tight on storage capacity. I reckon they'll introduce "special edition" 64gb and maybe 128gb versions at some point.

Does anyone know if games can be installed like on Xbox 360?
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby nb_nmare2 » 19 Nov 2012, 07:17

Games can be installed, on either the internal storage or on an external hard drive (the Wii U supports drives up to 2 TB).
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby ChotaDon » 19 Nov 2012, 10:04

5GB update? :shock: holy molly that's even bigger then then Windows 8 which is 3.5GB. What has Nintendo put into this firmware. :?
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby manky » 19 Nov 2012, 12:20

Gosh - can you imagine the fury that this will cause all the little kiddies on Christmas day... (note to self: Open package, update overnight and reseal before Christmas day).

Well done Nintendo - good start.
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby fatherofthenoo » 19 Nov 2012, 13:42

That's massive. Why on Earth was Wii U released with such bare bones firmware?? It's not a great start is it :?
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby richomack360 » 19 Nov 2012, 14:09

Now consoles are suffering from the lazy Day 1 patch issue

What a sorry industry this is.
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby slamatron » 19 Nov 2012, 14:31

Windowlicker79 wrote:
slamatron wrote:so if you got the basic wii u you have to have extended memory to install the firmware just to play games ? seems unfair but i suppose everyone who got one at launch will have a external memory item at the start.

No that's not right. Its a firmware update, so it will replace the firmware currently installed. The Firmware on the basic Wii U is 5gb so owners will still have the same pathetic 3gb they had available originally.
I really can't see the basic Wii U selling that well. The fact that system software takes up over 65% of available storage just seems like madness to me. Surely it wouldn't have been that much more expensive to up it to 16gb? Even the 32gb version is a bit tight on storage capacity. I reckon they'll introduce "special edition" 64gb and maybe 128gb versions at some point.

Does anyone know if games can be installed like on Xbox 360?


thanks for clearing that up, the last article about the basic said it only came with 3gb space, i do agree about the space they couldve at least doubled it especially if the firmware is so large
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby Bryanee1983 » 19 Nov 2012, 15:37

Neogaf users say its just over 1gb, nowhere near 5gb.

edit - Yes its just over 1gb, confirmed by Digital Foundry at Eurogamer.net.
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Re: Wii U owners report mandatory 5GB firmware update

Postby Serebii » 19 Nov 2012, 16:57

The Wii U System Update is NOT 5GB like the article suggests. That was a miscommunication by Geoff Keighley of G4TV who seemingly thought the firmware size on the console after download was the entire size of the update rather than the firmware itself. The update is around 1GB. Here's proof
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