Wii U launches in North America

If you live in North America, you probably took a break from your usual Sunday rituals to unwrap Nintendo’s brand new Wii U console — after all, console launches happen less often than a leap year! Both the white standard SKU and the black deluxe model went on sale at retailers across the country, along with a decent selection of launch titles including the likes of New Super Mario Bros U, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2.

Sadly, this wasn’t Nintendo smoothest launch. Many users received error codes upon trying to download the somewhat mandatory 5GB software update, which included features like MiiVerse, eShop, and the Wii to Wii U transfer ability. I wasn’t able to update my Wii U until this morning when it finally worked after nearly 24-hours of various error codes. MiiVerse also went down yesterday for a good chunk of time, but after sending out an apology tweet to fans, Nintendo fixed the issue. Then there was the unfortunate realization by some that turning off your console during the software update actual bricks the Wii U completely. Nintendo has since issued a warning regarding the issue.

Other than a few rocky moments, it appears things are on the right track for the Wii successor. Hopefully launches in Europe and Asia go a tad smoother. How was your Wii U launch? Smooth as silk or rocky as road?

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About the Author: Jason Leavey

Baltimore, MD