Wii U Officially Launches in North America
Early reports of long system update times.
By Jared Black 11/18/2012 08:19:36 PST
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Reggie Fils-Aime at the midnight event in NYC

In case you’ve been away or somehow missed it, we want to drop a quick note to let you know that the Wii U has now officially launched in North America, "beginning" with a Midnight launch at Nintendo World in New York City.  Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime himself was on hand to countdown to release, and once again the "first Wii U sold in the world" (Nintendo itself admits it was "minutes after midnight", leaving very little chance it was actually the first Wii U sold) went to Isaiah Triforce Johnson of Brooklyn, NY. Johnson, as you may recall, was the first person to claim the same honor for the original Wii and 3DS as well.

Wii U performing system update

Meanwhile, there are various reports online (and confirmed by us, see left) that the initial Wii U system update is taking hours to complete due to excess demand on Nintendo’s servers.  Customers that purchased the system at midnight launches, as well as this morning, are all reporting wait times as long as two hours for the download to complete.  So if you’re going out to purchase your Wii U this morning, don’t expect to jump in and play Nintendo Land right away.  Kick off the update, charge your GamePad, and be patient.

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