In a message sure to never be received by your loving grandparents, Nintendo took to its Twitter account to recommend that anyone giving their beloved family or friends a new Wii U console should update their console first. It seems a little weird that the console manufacturer least associated with seamless online experiences would recommend that customers… wait a minute, this makes complete sense.
Now now, lengthy updates aren’t unique to the new Wii U, just turn on a PlayStation 3, but they are unique in that initial updates provide some pretty critical functionality that’s not included in the box. If you keep the console offline, you’ll never have to worry about updates. Unfortunately, for many wired families – a quantity that is growing more and more by the day, hooking up a console and waiting an exorbitant amount of time before being able to utilize it seems like a terrible first impression. This also doesn’t help in the wake of the Wii’s success, a console known for keeping things relatively simple under the hood.
I sincerely doubt anyone’s going to rip open their nephew’s new Wii U console ahead of time to make sure they can see friends lists properly, but it’s nice of Nintendo to give everyone the warning.
Source: The Verge