Looking forward to playing around with Wii U's online features?
Well, you're going to have to perform a system update first.
According to IGN (and confirmed in this morning's Nintendo Direct presentation), online features like Miiverse, Wii U Chat, Nintendo TVii and the system's eShop will be enabled with a Day 1 system update.
So far, nothing we've heard indicates that the update is needed to play games so you should be able to get your Mario on as quickly as you can hook the console up to your TV.
While we're on the subject of Wii U, IGN has also detailed the process of moving your Wii saves, Virtual Console and Wii Ware games to the Wii U. Get this: both consoles have to be running and connected to a broadband network at the same time. You'll either have to use two TVs or hook the consoles up to separate inputs on a single screen. Once they're both hooked up and online, you then transfer the Wii's contents over to the Wii U on a 512MB or higher SD card.
That's not asking too much, is it?
[Disclosure: I freelance for IGN]
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen