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.
Wii U NNID: SkywardL
3DS Friendcode: 1590 - 4719 - 1381
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