Wii U Bricks if Unplugged During Firmware Update
The Wii U was released earlier this week and users were treated to a bigass firmware update. I have no idea how big it is but I’ve heard people saying that it takes hours to get it downloaded and installed. With updates like this, most people tend to turn off their consoles and leave, resuming the download at a later time. But if you try that shit with the Wii U you are fucked.
Ben Fritz, a video game industry and film journalist for the LA Times, tweeted the following on launch day:
Warning: don't unplug your Wii U during the 2 hour plus software update or the console stops working.
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) November 18, 2012
Others have also reported instances of their shit getting bricked. One person’s connection timed out mid-update and another person was told by Wii U customer support to unplug their console, with both of these scenarios resulting in bricks.
Nintendo of America is aware of the problem and have issued the following warning to Wii U customers:
Wii U owners, please do not power down or unplug your system while downloading updates. Doing so may cause damage to your Wii U.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 19, 2012
Well that was nice of them, but my question to Nintendo is: Why the fuck would a make a firmware update this huge brick your console if something goes wrong? Some of us have shitty or unreliable internet. What if the power goes out mid-update? There are so many things that could wrong over the course of however many hours it takes to install the fucking thing.
Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if it’s such a big problem why don’t people just not download the update or cancel it on the system?” There’s a very good answer for that: You fucking can’t. The update is mandatory and you can’t cancel it. So you are stuck there for god knows how long, praying nothing goes wrong. Now I’m really glad I didn’t pick up a Wii U.