Originally Posted by s1njin
A buddy of mine just set up his Wii U yesterday; he said it took a couple hours to patch/update. Is that the norm? Should I be patching mine up before the kids get at it on Xmas morning?
I just setup a new Wii U for my son's birthday this weekend. It definitely took at least an hour before we were playing Mario Kart 8. I read somewhere that they recommend you not setup your internet connection initially and rather install the Mario Kart 8 update from the disc first. I did that, but I'm pretty sure a new update just came out recently, so I had to install a second update afterwards anyway. Mario Kart also installed its own game update before it would play.
I purchased the Deluxe version that comes with the gamepad cradle. The charge cable comes attached to the cradle but it can be disconnected and connected directly to the top
of the gamepad. I saw the big connector on the bottom of the gamepad (since that's how it sat on the cradle), saw the small cable attached to the cradle, and initially thought the cradle was the only way to charge. Later I realized that there is a charge connector on the top of the gamepad that accepts the charge cable. The gamepad didn't have enough initial charge to get us through the installation so we needed the cable.
The most frustrating part was trying to create a Nintendo ID for my son since the console kept popping up messages asking us to link our account. At the end of the registration process it asks you to enter your credit card information, but the final verification process kept failing saying it couldn't contact the servers. Tried all day... on the Wii U and the 3DS... with no luck. Finally I tried registering the Nintendo ID using my birth date rather than my son's and it skipped the whole credit card requirement and completed successfully.
I have a PS4 and Xbox One, but we like our occasional Mario games. It was nice to finally play Mario in HD and surround sound... it looked and sounded great! It was even nicer to play them with a decent controller (Pro) this time, though I found the gamepad to be much more comfortable than I imagined. I know that, playing with my son, I'll never be using the gamepad...