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Nintendo president "sorry" for frustration of day-one Wii U patch

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said that he is “very sorry” about Wii U buyers being required to install a sizeable day-one patch to enable them to access to some of the console's key features. Iwata admitted to his regret over customer inconvenience during an interview with media site IGN.

“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.

“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 services which were not available at the hardware’s launch," he added.

The update, which is around 1GB in size, brings functionality to several important console applications such as online store eShop, the Miiverse social network, and backwards compatibility with Wii games.

The system patch will also bring a plethora of content streaming apps that include Netflix, LoveFilm and YouTube. However, the console’s video media hub, Nintendo TVii, is still not available in the UK and is not expected to arrive until 2013.

The patch will affect UK consoles, which go on sale at midnight tonight. For those of you who are not discouraged by the prospect of a lengthy download out of the box and are out to purchase the Nintendo Wii U, why not check out our list of launch titles?