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Wii U eShop games must be downloaded, then installed

Here's a bit of disappointing news for those looking forward to enjoying eShop games. We've learned that you have to first download the eShop game you want, then install it to your system. For example, Trine 2 is telling some users that it'll take 17 minutes to install. Even worse, you can't do anything else on the system while installs are going on.

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18 Nov 2012 15:18

sigh..just like PS3....the one thing I despise about downloading on that system. Now I gotta do the same with Wii U. Oh well...
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18 Nov 2012 15:19

This is no different than on the PS3. Downloads could be done in the background but installation cant. I would have been shocked if it didn't.
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18 Nov 2012 15:19

Well what on earth did people expect?! Did anybody think you could just click on the game from the shop and start playing immediately?
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18 Nov 2012 15:20

evilturtlebot wrote:This is no different than on the PS3. Downloads could be done in the background but installation cant. I would have been shocked if it didn't.


Pretty much this.

I'd be upset if Nintendo did something completely different than everyone else.

At least patches are downloaded and installed automatically when the game is ran.
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18 Nov 2012 15:26

eh it sucks but I'm used to doing it on my PS3. By the way, I'm posting this from my Wii U. The browser works great!
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18 Nov 2012 15:26

@Gameboy86

You make it sound as though this is a standard across the spectrum. I don't have to install games on my X360 after I've downloaded them. Would've been nice if the Wii U provided the same convenience is all.
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18 Nov 2012 15:27

@Gameboy86
No, that's not what people expected - read the post again.
On Xbox and Steam you download the game and once the download is complete you can play. It installs as it's downloading.

Wii U needs to first download the game then spend additional time installing the game.
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18 Nov 2012 15:33

OmicronTurtle wrote:@Gameboy86
No, that's not what people expected - read the post again.
On Xbox and Steam you download the game and once the download is complete you can play. It installs as it's downloading.

Wii U needs to first download the game then spend additional time installing the game.

True and not-true: many games on Steam require installation/verification of something (DirectX, OpenAL, etc.) on the first launch, although this varies just as much as PC software in general.
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18 Nov 2012 15:37

@Gameboy86

Did you even read it?

You have to buy it, download the game and then install it.

You should be able to play after it DOWNLOADS, which is NOT the case. You download and then basically download it again.

So it's like if you downloaded an installer instead of just downloading the game.
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18 Nov 2012 15:40

i don't have to do this on a 3DS either :( but then again i can't play games while its downloading, right now i'm really hesitant to buy anything on the eshop. i'm seeing alot of clunky things on the OS, its like they tried to reinvent the wheel or something. hopefully things will be smoother as they patch things in.
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18 Nov 2012 15:51

Well what it would have done otherwise is download and install at the same time. that is basically what happens on Wii with VC, except it doesn't take very long, and it doesn't tell you.
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18 Nov 2012 16:06

PS3, Vita and most PC games do this, is normal, a 14GB game takes like 40 minutes to install in the PS3, the only console that donĀ“t do this is the Xbox 360
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18 Nov 2012 16:49

You don't say. What else should we know? to breath air we need first to inhale then exhale? :lol:
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18 Nov 2012 18:42

people really think the xbox360 just downloads the game?
seriously?

it's the same on every platform. every game needs installation after the download. the difference is that Wii U/PS3 splits up the download and installation progress while the xbox360 integrated the installation into the download progress.
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18 Nov 2012 19:00

just like in ps3 , i just don't understand why they would not make one bar , since all i really want to know is how long still i can play the game , i don't care about where it is at . Obviously it's done to have an idea of the speed and connection , it's still annoying
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18 Nov 2012 20:48

PS3 and Steam does this. I don't think the Wii needed to due to being so small in file size. It really isn't that big of a deal.
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18 Nov 2012 23:28

This just in = OH NO!!!!

Seriously. Non-issue. Non-disappointing. Non-anything. What was anyone expecting?
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19 Nov 2012 04:28

Gameboy86 wrote:Well what on earth did people expect?! Did anybody think you could just click on the game from the shop and start playing immediately?

No, they expected that you could just download and then start playing, because it installs when it downloads. Like with the Wii and 3DS.
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19 Nov 2012 07:31

Zanreo wrote:
Gameboy86 wrote:Well what on earth did people expect?! Did anybody think you could just click on the game from the shop and start playing immediately?

No, they expected that you could just download and then start playing, because it installs when it downloads. Like with the Wii and 3DS.



The difference here, that some might well be ignoring, and WHY it's operating like PS3 now, is that we're talking about much larger, HD downloadable games. We're not talking about games with a 40mb limit anymore (which, just saying, they DID do some amazing things with that limit and I really like that a lot of people made retro games to make better use of it). We're talking about much larger files, even for indie games, on par with PS3 and 360 and Steam. Wii and 3DS and DSi could get away with installing while it downloaded, because they were relatively tiny files. That's no longer the case, and it's honestly not that big a hassle.

So I suppose the question people have to ask themselves then, is what do they want more? Smaller game file sizes that accommodate fairly short download times and no installing? Or do they want the bigger downloadable games that they've been complaining the other systems get but Nintendo doesn't, for years and years?

Personally, I'm glad we have the bigger games now, though at the same time, following up what I mentioned before, I really hope to continue to see smaller 8-bit and 16-bit styled games as well. For price concerns, for space concerns, but also just because, well look at my avatar. I just prefer classic style games.

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