I don't get why its always so slapdash at launch with nintendo, its like they leave a lot of the features until two weeks before launch. They only just got backwards compatibility working(as it will require a day 1 update). Its just so strange a billion dollar company that has so much experience releasing consoles, is still making such amateur mistakes.
I think a lot of electrical entertainment products are being rushed to market to much these days. Look at the problems with the iPhone 5, FIFA 13 is taking liberties with the amount of glitches and bugs in there, WWE 13 is taking piss with some of the bugs in there.
Companies just think they can release patches to fix it and i just think that is a broken system and one that is abused way too much these days!
Day 1 update for a console is acceptable, not only that but if it is like the Wii, system updates will start being included on disc so people who lack internet access can have Wii support or whatever.
However, releasing a GAME or a piece of software with a ton of glitches, is just seriously unacceptable. I think Nintendo are one of the only companies that still does things right, sure they had a couple of glitches on the Wii (Skyward Sword and Other M) and then there was the MK7 shortcut glitch. But those kinda glitches, which can't always be found during normal bug testing are alright. Releasing games that just have glitch after glitch.. nope. I don't think that's right at all.
Sure, glitches can be funny sometimes, but when I pay full price for a game, I expect a relatively glitch-free experience. There's always going to be glitches out there, no matter how hard developers work to get a perfect game, but that still doesn't mean they should release a glitchfest in order to ship the game out on time.
As I've previously stated though, this is more to do with the publishing side of things. Namely EA and Activision, but they're not the only ones. They set a deadline for the development team and usually there's no way around this, unless the publisher is understandable and gives the devs more time.
Anyways, enough rambling now! Back to the point at hand. First day console update, I don't see a problem as most of the stuff included in the update is exclusively online content, such as Miiverse. As far as I'm aware there are no major glitches in the Wii U's native OS (Native being before the first update). So yeah, no problem at all. Nintendo just want to get the Wii U out in time for Christmas and that's understandable.