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Summer Wii U update to make getting into games feel faster

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Posted on January 30, 2014 AT 11:08am

As part of Nintendo’s ongoing quest to make you actually want a Wii U, the company has announced plans for a summer firmware update designed to streamline the process of starting up the console and getting into a game.

President Satoru Iwata revealed the feature during Nintendo’s third-quarter financial results briefing as part of a panel of changes designed to make the Wii U more appealing to consumers in light of its less-than-stellar sales numbers. The patch will essentially allow the GamePad to display a quickstart menu of five games before the console itself has finished booting up. Selecting one will then bypass the console menu entirely and take you straight into the game itself.

There’s now word on exactly how much time the new boot process will shave off, but Iwata said that it will “make you feel that the time to start up a Wii U software title is cut by more than 50 percent.” How much of those savings are illusory remains to be seen, but the president feels confident it will “lead to more Wii U users understanding the appealing nature of the GamePad.”

This month has been a rough one for Nintendo, with news that their console has sold only 2.8 million units in 2013—less than a third of the company’s projection of 9 million. In response, Iwata agreed to a paycut of 50 percent.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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