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20121119

U stands for "Unfunctional" Wait that's not a word, never mind.

There as been reports that when the Day 1 system update halts the process due to power outage, internet disconnection, or impatiently unplug the system might brick the Wii U. These reports are from Wii U owners who found out the hard way.

Bricked Wii U means that the system is inoperable, disc games are no longer playable. What's ironic is that this has nothing to do with the defaulted Automatic Shut-Off feature that some feared before the system released. Also worth noting is that the feature is disable when updating, which I notice the written reminder when updating both the system update and the Nintendo Land software update.

While we wait for Nintendo's response, Here's a list of precautions before updating:

- Plug the Wii U AC Adapter on the wall (electrical outlet) and NOT on the power strip.

- If you live where power outage is common, then have a UPS (from Wii works)

- If internet disconnection is common for you, then update the system in someone else's home.

- Don't do anything internet related and leave the GamePad alone while updating.


Fortunately for me, the update was a success. However, I'm worried that these incidence during updating might have been coincidental. What if power outage or internet disconnection at anytime will also brick the Wii U. Hopefully, that's not the case.

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My internet crapped out during the update. I had to reconnect and it started from where it left off. So I guess I got lucky.
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Wow my update went smoothly and only took 15 minutes, but then again not many people have 51 MB internet speeds and nobody is immune to a power outage or internet outage. Neutral
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on November 19th 2012, 12:57 pmGuest
Two friends I know encountered this and their Wii U's bricked, but that's not the only problem. Sad
They said Nintendo customer service is giving them a runaround and being unusually unreasonable. Sad
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This is insane, preventing piracy is important, but making a console brick if an update is interrupted is just cruel since internet outages occur frequently and many people will have their WiiU bricked over the course of the console's life. Evil or Very Mad
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alot of people said the download times was because of nintendos servers being over worked.
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Maybe it got bricked because of the Homebrew hack? I'm not saying your friends had Homebrew, but I know alot of Wii owners did have it.
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You do realise that there wouldn't be a Wii U Homebrew hack yet? If people use something like that they deserve a brick, but that's not what's going on here.
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@Rukia so you have one now?
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Why is there no picture in this article?
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