So a friend of mine just got a WiiU, and when he booted it up, I expected the reported sluggish menus that have been reported for the WiiU, however instead of the 15-30 second delays people are talking about, what we witnessed was something that just couldn't have gone through QA.
Going into system settings, or any other "app" such as a game or Mii-Verse/Shop/etc., would cause us to see the loading screen for over 5 minutes. However, once this was done, we could go back in and out of apps with no issues at all, and we'd see loading times of 10-15 seconds there.
He states that if he powers off the WiiU, then the 5+ minute load times are back.
Is this really normal for the WiiU? We got these insanely load times for Nintendoland, Rayman Legends Demo, ZombiU, the settings menu, the stats menu and two other menus probably. Loading once in-game wasn't this slow though.
Thanks guys, if this is abnormal I don't think there's a fix we can perform ourselves, and we'd best just RMA the unit? He did go through the mandatory system update.