First Wii U brick reported: Do not shutdown during firmware update

The Wii U will brick if you shut it down during an ongoing firmware update.

Ben Fritz, Film business reporter for Latimes, has bricked his Wii U without playing a single game. The reason? Shutting down the system during an update. The size of the update is something that’s not pretty either.

It’s a known fact that many hardware manufacturers tell you not to turn any system off if it’s updating, but there’s always a backup mechanism in place if things go wrong, for example, the PS3 will retry the update as soon as the console starts.

“Warning: don’t unplug your Wii U during the 2 hour plus software update or the console stops working,” he tweeted.

The Wii U firmware update is 5 GB in size and adds the Nintendo Network to the console. Weird way to install a required service, but hey, it’s Nintendo.

So what do you think? Has Nintendo completely lost it when it comes to hardware design?


  1. Hampus Sjöberg

    November 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Yeah, that’s retarded for being 2012 (no fully-working backup mechanism, that is) …

  2. Pedro Figueiredo

    November 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    fucking lie!

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