Nintendo president Iwata apologizes for Wii U’s out-of-box experience

Gallery Photo: Nintendo Wii U hands-on pictures

Many Wii U owners were disappointed to open their new console only to be confronted with a huge, slow patch to unlock its online functionality — and so was Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. “Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box,” said Iwata in an interview with IGN. “So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware’s launch.”

After the initial day-one patch that granted access to the Miiverse social network, Wii backwards compatibility, and other system-level features, it still took several days…

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