You MIGHT be able to download Wii U's day-one patch in the background...http://kotaku.com/59...round?tag=wii-u
And it sounds like that goes for any patches, including game patches.
Wow at the whole USB drive having to have its own power source.
This thing just continues to underwhelm me. From games not looking as good as they do on current gen systems, to all the other little issues people are having, it's just looking ugly right now.
I will open mine and set it up, and then lock it back up for Christmas. Hopefully all the major kinks will be out by then.
If it makes you feel any better, I've had no issues with my system. First party games look great, and I don't think anyone expected third party games to blow us away graphically (I know I didn't). Black Ops 2 looks mighty fine though, and plays really well.
And some hard drives require an external power source, that can be true whether or not its plugged into a Wii U or a computer. Some devices have the power capacity to power an external hard drive, others do not. I wouldn't expect a game console to have a huge power capacity in it for external devices. Use a 2.5" portable hard drive and you should run into little issues. Most of the hard drives that require external power are the 3.5" really huge not-so-portable USB ones.
You're always gonna see more complaints than you will see praise, especially considering that this just launched. That's because those of us who have no complaints are too busy playing the system to complain. Those complaining...