One of the best things about getting new hardware for Christmas is the rush of unboxing it. Soaking up the smells, opening up the bags, being the first to put fingerprints on the thing. It really makes you feel like you're about to use something new.
It's a pity, then, that Nintendo is having to advise people to skip this if there's a Wii U under the tree.
Because the console's initial update is such an important—and time-consuming—one, Nintendo of America is recommending that the person giving a Wii U should first take it out of the box, plug it in, use it and update it themselves before handing it over.
Giving #WiiU as a gift? Pro-tip: Perform system updates before wrapping so it’s good to go as soon as it’s opened!— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) December 21, 2012
It's a practical recommendation, I know. Nothing will take the wind out of a kid's sails faster than giving them a console to play games on, then telling them they shouldn't play games on it for a while until they update it. Still, it's a little sad that things had to come to this.