If you don’t already own a Wii U, but you plan on buying one, here’s a warning: there’s a really big patch required to connect the device to the internet. The patch brings with it major features that the Wii U needs, including things like the ability to play Wii games. The update is crucial. It’s also time consuming.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had an email correspondence with IGN regarding the current status of the company and the Wii U. Part of that chain of emails was an apology for what brand new Wii U owners were greeted with upon connecting their console to the internet. Here’s 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…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.”

Earlier this week, I wrote up an article that highlighted three things I love about the Wii U and three things I hate. Among the things causing me displeasure was the very same massive first patch that Nintendo’s Iwata is apologizing for.

How big was it? The patch, from download to installation, took my console nearly three hours. I have a great internet connection, and the Wi-Fi in my house sings.

The patch itself is mandatory. When you fire up your console and connect it to the internet, the patch rolls in. There’s no cancel button, and unplugging your console will actually ruin the machine. That’s a problem we reported on last week.

[via IGN]