Apparently the Miiverse, Wii U's embedded social networking service, has been suffering an outage since last night, according to this C&VG report. The report also details some of the other launch day issues Nintendo's console has been having – some of which we have already covered in earlier stories.
"So many Miis have jumped on Miiverse that some may be having problems connecting to the service," the firm added on Twitter. "We are in the engine room getting it fixed!," noted the official Twitter account for Nintendo of America.
The report also offers some official word from Nintendo on the whole day one firmware update debacle we wrote about earlier today. A support message on Nintendo's US website urges patience among new users while applying the new firmware update:
"The length of time it takes to perform a system update varies depending on the speed of the Internet connection used. Please be patient," reads the post the site. "Due to the amount of new features and applications included, the system update may take an extended amount of time when performed during the initial setup (for some users it could take an hour or more to download and install). Do not power off your system during this time."
The statement does not list the consequences of not being patient.. like your Wii U being bricked….
There's also some sources that say the update is 1GB and not the 5 GB update as mentioned by Geoff Keighley. We're waiting to confirm that information and will update this story as needed.