The Wii U’s “Miiverse” is a distinctly Nintendo take on the concept of a connected console. It’s a colorful, simple social network that can be integrated into offering game tips or mini-reviews. The large day-one patch that added the functionality, on the other hand, wasn’t very user-friendly at all, and for that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata feels apologetic.
“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,” Iwata told IGN. “So 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 hardwareâs launch.”
The firmware update has received complaints for its size, and some users reported bricked consoles for interrupting the process. Meanwhile, many of the “TVii” features won’t be available until December.