IGN already has their hands on a Wii U console for review purposes, and they’re reporting that the console does not have many online features out of the box — those will be added via a day-one online update from Nintendo. Online features such as Miiverse, the eShop, and Nintendo TVii will have to be downloaded when the console first comes online.
This isn’t anything new, as many games ship with day-one software updates since games tend to go into manufacturing a month before release. Nintendo has been manufacturing Wii U consoles for weeks now, and during that time, they’ve no doubt made updates and improvements to the features and software that powers the console. So before you dive into your very first Wii U game experience, it looks like you’ll have to do a little software update first.