Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo Entertainment, has recently apologised for the numerous issues with the Wii U launch in the USA as the inevitable UK / EU release approaches on the 30th November.

In an exclusive interview to IGN, Satoru Iwata conceded his disappointment in the Wii U launch: “Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box,” he lamented.

He continued with an apology saying: “I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware’s launch.”

When the Wii U launched in the USA on November 18th, users were welcomed with a mandatory 1GB+ software update patch that had to be applied before they could use their new console.

Other issues that plagued the launch were missing services such as the Nintendo TVii service that provides TV listings via the Wii U’s GamePad tablet – this has been delayed until sometime in 2013.

Technical issues aside, many US users have shown anger at the many supply shortages of the console at launch, an issue Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime promised to remedy. Whether this was a tactic to doctor sales to pertain the image of a sell-out console, manufacturing shortages or low economic consumer demand for a new $300+ games console, we shall find out more at the Wii U’s UK / EU launch tomorrow.