I got my system yesterday, along with Mario, NintendoLand, and Zombi U. Work got in the way, and I haven't been able to play it as much as I'd like, though my upcoming 11 days of vacation should more than make up for that. A few thoughts:
- I think the game update thing is a non issue. As Paul pointed out, you'd never even know they're there. It certainly doesn't distract you from the game in any way. Why then would one even expect some sort of excuse from Nintendo? After all, updates are supposed to be a GOOD thing, as it fixes bugs, brings out new stuff etc. I know, we didn't have to deal with that in the 2600 to PS2 day, games shipped complete. Complete, yes, complete with bugs sometimes, bugs no one could fix, as it was basically too late for that. Still, as a PS3 owner myself, I'll acknowledge these updates have their cons, staring at download screens and all that, but again, non issue as far as the Wii U is concerned.
- The initial internet system update is pretty lengthy though. I guess we'll see how it goes in the future, it's really too early to tell. The Wii did get updates every so often, certainly not as much as the PS3, and they usually didn't take too long. As of right now, it's not as big an issue some are claiming it to be. Sure, this is also affected by internet speed, then again, there's no helping it, slow internet is... slow. Hardly Nintendo fault.
- This may be nitpicking, but... The HDMI cable is way too short. I guess I should be grateful the system even comes with one in the package, as I can't say the same about the PS3, the revolutionary HD console shipped with a crappy RCA cable. Back to the subject at hand, this small HDMI cable can be a small issue, but it's not a deal breaker.
- The transferring process is actually pretty funny, with Pikmin characters taking your saves and games out of the Wii to the Wii U, it's actually pretty clever.
- Accessing Wii U applications in general seems to take a little too long, read: loading times are a bit lengthy (though not aggravating to this gamer). Maybe an update will correct this
- I haven't had any freezing issues as of yet. Then again, this might happen eventually. I'm not sure I'd necessarily associate these with system updates. I'm tempted to say, who the heck knows at this point, then again, I don't have a degree in electronics...
- As for the games, Mario is just as fun as its Wii predecessor. It does look better, though nothing to write home about, I guess the first one already looked pretty good. Regular Wii stuff does look a little bit better. Will try Zombi U and NintendoLand tomorrow.