Performing the day-one system update grants access to Miiverse, Wii U Chat, a dedicated Internet Browser, as well as the Nintendo eShop.
Gallery: View images of the Wii U's launch lineup:
Copyright: NintendoThe eShop will launch with five games, as well as two demos. To celebrate the launch of the console, Nintendo will discount a number of eShop games for a limited period of time.
Until December 31, Trine 2: Directors Cut will be available for £10.99, after which it will cost £13.99, while Puddle will be reduced from £8.99 to £7.19 until December 14.
Also available at launch is Nano Assault Neo, Little Inferno and Chasing Aurora, which are priced at £8.99, £12.99 and £10.79 respectively.
Users can also download a free FIFA 13 demo, as well as a trial for Ubisoft's Rayman Origins, which will be available through Uplay.
Entertainment apps such as YouTube and Netflix are available from day-one, with the recently confirmed Nintendo TVii coming in the New Year.
Premium pack owners will be eligible for Nintendo Network Premium, which sees users earn eight Nintendo points for every pound spent on games and content.
Earning 500 points will unlock an activation code for eShop funds.
Users are advised not to switch off the console while performing the system update, or while transferring data from the Wii to the Wii U.
The list of eShop launch titles in full:
Nintendo recently said that its online service would not copy Xbox Live or PSN, before apologising for the hefty day-one update.
The Wii U is available now in North America and will launch on November 30 in Europe.
A basic and premium edition will be available, as well as a ZombiU bundle exclusively in Europe.
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