May 8th, 2014

In a previous Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata acknowledged that it takes too long from pressing the console on button to booting into a game on the Wii U. After acknowledging this problem, Iwata stated that the company plans on fixing it by implementing a fast boot menu, which will pop up within seconds of pressing the on button with a selection of software that you can boot directly into without having to initialize the Wii U menu first. It’s great for usability of the product, but we haven’t seen much more about it since the announcement.

Tilmen of Nintendomination fame offers a quick look at the fast boot menu for the Wii U and how we can expect it to function once it goes live. Do you like what you see? Notice how quickly a gamer is able to start up a game of Super Mario Bros. U, select their Mii, and get into the game. Not bad!

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  • curious if they’ll add the ability to play Wii games from this menu, as that would detract from the super lengthy time it takes to load a wii game as well

    • Magnus Eriksson

      That would be amazing

    • MerryBlind .

      Yeah they really have to give more love to the Wii Mode aspect of the Wii U.

      1- They should implement it more tightly with the Wii U OS instead of having 2 OSs.

      2- They should provide GamePad and Pro Controller support to Wii games that supported Classic/Gamecube controllers.

      3- They should fix the aspect ratio funkiness of the Wii Mode (at the moment it’s only full-screen when the Wii U is set at 480p, while it has a black border around the picture in 720p and 1080p)

      4- They should add a Screen Smoothing option for Wii Mode similar to what they have done with GBA games on VC (and they should add that to every single VC games while they’re at it, not just GBA)

      I know it may seem like I’m asking a lot, but I’m sure all of that is possible one way or another, and not too difficult to accomplish either if they would just get into it.

      • DC777

        Definitely agree. I wouldn’t mind sprucing up Skyward Sword or something a bit or at least having it full screen without taking forever to load up.

        That said, this new option is mighty awesome for WiiU.

      • Rich Garriques

        these are the number 1 problems with wii menu and virtual console games. this needs to be address very soon.

      • kopaka7

        You just need to change your display mode to 16:9 when in an HD resolution. It’s not Nintendo’s fault. There is a fundamental difference in the way pixels are displayed SD vs HD that shifts the aspect ratio slightly. It is like how DSLR pictures are 3:2 but point-and-shoot pictures are 4:3. But I do think Nintendo should integrate a texture boost because Dolphin Emulator has shown us that the programmed games have much better visuals on the discs, just that the hardware at the time could not exploit the potential. I don’t think screen smoothing is really necessary when you are getting a 480p feed on digital, though.

        • MerryBlind .

          yeah I know there are workarounds to remove the black border, but I don’t want to have to change the setting of my TV every time I play a Wii game, or I don’t want to compromise the Wii U visual quality by changing it’s screen size in the settings to put my TV in 16:9. I want it to be pixel perfect.

          Anyway it doesn’t bother me that much, it’s just weird.

          And Screen Smoothing would be to minimze the aliasing that most Wii games suffer from. Brawl for example looks great, but it has insane jaggies that drag the overall picture quality down.

      • WiiUisgaming

        You can adjust, the black border in settings.

      • ZeldaFan83

        That’s great. I also think they should implement updates faster. They don’t seem to use many resources for updates and listening to their fans and gamers about issues with the console and when they do it takes them 6-8 months to do so. Other gaming console Companies listen to their fans and respond accordingly. It’d be great if Nintendo was more involved with their fans and gamers and actually listened and responded. “We hear you loud and clear and were going to improve this and this because we care about you and this is what you asked for.”

        • MerryBlind .

          Yeah I think we can all agree Nintendo has to be more open to pretty much everyone, whether it be fans or developers. They have to burst out of their little bubble and actually interact with the real world.

      • they really should’ve taken more time on it, but at least it’s there. Something the other big two didn’t do

        • MerryBlind .

          Indeed! I’m already really happy that the Wii U is retro-compatible. I’m one of the few who skipped on the Wii last gen, so that was part of the reason to get a Wii U for me.

          However, I was REALLY disappointed when I got home with my Wii U, a Pro Controller, and Super Smash Brawl, only to find out I couldn’t play it with the Pro Controller… Wii Remote and Nunchuck kinda suck for this game, and I don’t want to buy a Classic Controller.

          • classic controllers are nice, and work for most things a pro controller does on wii u

          • MerryBlind .

            I’m sure they’re nice, but GamePad, Wiimote+Nunchucks, and Pro Controllers are already a lot of controllers, I don’t really feel like having yet another one.

            Besides, some important Wii U games actually don’t work with the Classic Controller (and some do while not working with the Pro Controller lol….) like New Super Mario Bros. U and Donkey Kong. Though I’m happy to see that Mario Kart is compatible with virtually every single Nintendo controller, and I’m sure Smash will be too.

          • I expect some kind of gamecube controller apparatus for Smash

          • MerryBlind .

            What do you mean? An adapter that allows you to use a GC controller? Because if so, there is already one by MayFlash.

          • well either that, or a pro controller in the shape of a GC

          • MerryBlind .

            Sure that would be amazing, but I’m personally fine with the Wii U Pro Controller, it’s a great controller, apart from the triggers that is.

          • I still need to grab one

    • WiiUPS4

      I like that

    • Capt. Smoker

      My thoughts exactly, plus the startup noise for Wii mode never ceases to annoy the crap outta me, WTF IS THAT NOISE >.< It's haunted me since the original Wii

      • not to mention it’s always CRAZY loud

        • Capt. Smoker

          It sounds like a toy tractor backing up. Only I can’t step on it to shut it up

    • ScrewAttack

      Definitely something I’d be interested in.

      • I really think it’d be a good idea

    • Rich Garriques

      whoa… that would be amazing.

    • Zuxs13

      Well there is the Wii boot button where you hold ‘B’ when it boots up and it goes right into the Wii Menu.

      • yeah, but I mean being able to start a Wii game or app right from there.

    • kopaka7

      Yeah, I don’t understand why it is necessary to boot into the Wii Emulator when the Wii U has three cores and could just run it in the background every time a Wii Disc is recognized, so the Wii emulation happens instantly.

    • condor87z


    • won’t be happening I guess. Wii Mode feels like a module of its own which doesn’t make it too easy to access individual assets like Wii Games.
      But sure, it would be awesome, especially for Wii Virtual Console Games as you wouldn’t notice the Wii-Mode anymore.

    • MujuraNoKamen

      I was thinking the same thing. And does this fast bot thing only work with software saved to the system or can I jump to straight to whatever disc I’ve got in there?

      • Santiago

        fast bots? Run!

    • Santiago

      3DS plays DS games from the same OS, you can even purchase DSi games in the eShop

  • ican1992

    yay! i can use this feature to play all the games that aren’t coming to the wii u! oh wait…

  • Richard Branches

    I’m so mad at nintendo, they haven’t released the eshop in all latinoamerica, but only in mexico, I really doubt they’ll do anything about it.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      They didnt do a shit with TVii here either

      • NintendoFan

        Nintendo promised to get Tvii in Europe by the end of 2013. Here we are, almost half a year later, still with no Tvii.

        • steveb944

          You honestly don’t want it. Half the time it won’t even load, the other half it’s just clunky and unusable.

        • ScrewAttack

          Just as well there’s nothing on tv anyway any more :p

          Netflix US is far more worth the time.

          • Rinslowe

            🙂 This is actually true…

          • Shota

            since the office and the breaking bad ended. i stopped watching tv lol

        • Santiago

          Its funny how Wii U has no DVD/Bluray with the excuse of it being a game console and not an entretainment center, but it has Netflix and Tvii…

      • jjbredesen

        Nintendo in Norway needs to actually do something, the promotions here are HORRIBLE and we don’t even have Club Nintendo. Outrages if you ask me, and its a lot worse in countries in Africa and Latin America, and then look at the dam prises in Brasil! And of course the biggest pain of them all region locking O_O

        • Michael Legault

          Free can of surstromming with pre-order of Mario kart @_@;

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Thats Sweden my friend. Here its lutefisk, smalahove and rakfisk. Yum!

          • Michael Legault

            I was going to say lutefisk, but surstromming would make a better Mario kart item given it’s…. Explosive qualities

        • Santiago

          In Mexico promotions in stores like BestBuy are horrible as well, you have to already love Wii U to want to buy it because in stores they almost never have games, or they have them under the Wii sign (no wii u sign) or they just have a few of them. And the Wii U for playing demos is almost always off or in very bad conditions

      • condor87z

        TVii is one of the worst ideas nintendo has ever come up with

        • Santiago

          more poorly implemented than bad, but yes

      • I’m glad it isn’t here. The only thing I really hate about TVii is, that it’s even implemented. As long as you can’t use a feature, don’t implement it. That’s User Experience 101. They should just cut it out and replace it with a systemwide Voice/Video Chat.

    • Andrés

      I live in Argentina, and they released the Wii U, but they didn’t release any games, you can only play Mario U and NintendoLand that come with the console. Ridiculous

      • I guess it’s just about being able to say they are also active in Argentinia 🙁

        • Santiago

          That is not good at all. Its better to say that your sales are low because you haven’t reached enough countries than to say that you are in many countries and still sales are low

          • sure thing, wasn’t trying to put this as a good thing though. It’s just some strategy many companies pursue.

  • Roadkill409

    Awesome! If that is really how fast it will boot. I will be happy with that aspect of this updated.

  • darkcreap

    I guess they are omitting the tedious password process of introducing the password, I guess. Otherwise, good bye parental controls.

    EDIT: I guess they could also make the WiiU boot while the user is choosing the game they want to play. Not sure how difficult this would be, though.

  • SolarShane13

    It’s getting cOLD in here.

  • Sdudyoy

    Pretty cool feature, I don’t mind waiting but it will be nice to be able to get right into the game.

  • ZeldaFan83

    That’s cool and I remember when it was announced but where’s the update for this or the Miiverse App for smart phones and everything else that they have promised?

    • MerryBlind .

      They said when they announced it it was going to be a summer update. Stop being so impatient sheeshhhh.

      • ZeldaFan83

        I lost my patience years ago when it comes to Nintendo. Every time they announce a new Zelda or Metroid: “Where is it? Where is it Nintendo? I want it now, now, now!! It looks so freakin’ AMAAAAAZING!!”

        • MerryBlind .

          Well there’s a reason Nintendo games are so good; they take the time to perfect them, unlike most other developers out there.

          • ZeldaFan83

            Yes I know that, I have been playing Nintendo games for 25 years since the NES and Game Boy. They started working on Mario Kart 8 in 2008. Certain other developers might not have the money and resources to take as much time as Nintendo, plus Nintendo has always been about delivering the best quality no matter how long it takes.

          • MerryBlind .

            Well companies like EA and Ubisoft tend to release rushed, unfinished games every year. Just look at the Assassin’s Creed franchise. I love those games, I’ve played all of them, but they have so much potential that Ubisoft never fully harnessed because they always rush them and the games end up with obvious gameplay features missing, glitches, inconsistency, shitty storyline, etc.

            And Ubisoft certainly have the money and ressources to release polished games, but they choose not to, they prefer making money faster with short intense bursts of revenues every year, instead of releasing an AC game every couple of years, which would sell well longer because they would be better, just like Nintendo games sell throughout whole generations, not just the initial release month.

            That’s one of the reasons I came back to Nintendo this gen. I got fed up last gen on PS3 to always have great games, that could have been amazing instead of ‘just’ great, but weren’t because they were obviously unfinished/unpolished.

    • I personally totally prefer these features. boottimes 50% off + Quicklaunchmenu is really more essential. Miiverse App is something nice to have, but the Web App actually works pretty neat too.

      You need to have patience on those things, as Nintendo is working amazingly slow on these projects. Just look how that Quicklauncher has developed over the past 6 months.

      • ZeldaFan83

        I thought it was great when they improved the loading times by about 50% but if say they were able to increase it even further to where, when you power on your system it loads almost instantly say in 2 seconds the Wii U has completely loaded then the quick launch menu would probably be pointless but I’m guessing that’s not possible seeing as how their creating this quick launch menu. Well it looks like a cool feature. Hopefully it’s released sooner rather than later.

        • It’s not possible indeed. Even with smartphones that are very optimised to save resources be efficient it’s rare that one actually is able to really boot somehow fast. People are most of the time complaining about the WiiU boottimes, because they are used to wake a tablet from sleep with one click where you need to always boot up the WiiU. I would actually like it if you could put the WiiU gamepad to sleep mode, especially with the larger battery (which really rocks) this would totally make sense. At this point, turning just the screen off is far too complicated. When taking a break, I’d often like to keep the system running to jump back into my game half an hour later.

          Whatever, what I actually wanted to say, boot times on the WiiU are actually quite ok compared to most other home consoles or computers and with the Quicklauncher it’s gonna be quite a pleasure.

  • Googs

    This update is a year late.

  • jhell

    Is this all this update going to do

    • Zuxs13

      It also cuts the start up time in half.

  • Andrés

    They need to release an update so the Wii U can play DVDs/other media/blu rays(?) to make it more appealing. Heck, even if they charge me for it, I’d be happy to pay

    • David Trail

      Why would yo want that? Don’t you have many things that do that already? I listen to Youtube if I want music on my Wii U and Netflix/ Love Film for movies. That is enough for me imo.

      • Andrés

        No, I don’t, that’s why I want the wii u to do them

      • You aren’t the world, little man.

    • Drowrin

      Right, because people are going to buy a video game console so they can play their DVD’s on it. *Logic*

      • Andrés

        you don’t seem to be familiar with the PS2 and PS3 success

        • Drowrin

          I am perfectly familiar for their success. I was merely pointing out that games consoles are for games, and people with DVD collections already have something to play them on. Adding this feature to a gaming console is gimmicky at best.

    • Nintendo won’t do that. They pointed this out over and over again. I’d like that too, but Nintendo doesn’t want to appeal as a multimedia station but a system specialized for gaming. I actually respect that, though I’d love to ditch my PS3, if the WiiU would be able to play Blu Rays.

  • C.S. Bailey

    When does this come out again?

    • Zuxs13

      June-end of summer.

  • Carlos Webster

    It’s like the 3DS

  • Capt. Smoker

    That’s a nice feature, now if only Nintendo would give me the option of playing my vc games on Wii mode in 16:9 rather than shitty 4:3, since they took that away in an update last year, I haven’t enjoyed my vc library all that much since, why can’t Nintendo just be easy and straight forward, instead of all this backwards ass logic, talk about horse shit and cow piss for brains, on top of that, they really need to make haste with these minor updates, and come on, gc vc already….

    • MerryBlind .

      Why do you want to play 4:3 games in 16:9? In makes them look stretched out and distorded. It makes Link look like a fat dwarf instead of a slim elf.

      But even worse, it fucks up with the gameplay since the x-axis moves faster than it should in relation to the y-axis. Not too important in some games like Zelda, but it break a game like Mario 64.

      • Capt. Smoker

        Some people aren’t that anal about things like that so long as the game plays, Nintendo would have been better off leaving people with a choice, that’s how it should be done, plus I have a plasma TV, black borders = nothing but trouble for me.

        • MerryBlind .

          Fair point about the plasma TV.

          • Capt. Smoker

            I get your point by the way, personally, playing n64 games in 16:9 doesn’t bother me, but say, for a game like chrono trigger on SNES, I’d much rather play that in 4:3, as it looks pretty blocky otherwise, even some GameCube games looked better in 4:3 when I had a Wii.

  • steveb944

    Miiverse app should be in the initial startup as well as Eshop and Wii menu. I hope it’s customizable, not like our current desktop Miiverse app selection (the screen on TV with Miis everywhere, Idk the name).

    It’s about time this comes.

  • FutureFox

    There’s something eerily depressing about that video.

  • Mario’s Love Child

    I have been wanting this for so long. FINALLY. When will this be patched in?

    • Zuxs13

      Iwata said By June or end of Summer.

      • They had a prototype of this in January. I’m really wondering what’s taking them so long. Is the WiiU really that hard to develop for? In that time I could’ve read through several C++ or Java or whatever-books and wrote that thing myself. Nintendo clearly seems to not have enough human ressources.

        • thedeciderU

          seriously, these waits on basic functionality updates make them look so amateur and completely behind the times. it’s kind of sad.

        • I’d imagine the patch will be quite big and have many other improvements. This being one of the more noticeable.

  • FlashFan207

    This is awesome.

  • condor87z

    YAY!!! That’s a step in the right direction.

  • Akatosh

    Great if you download games. Not sure how much this would impact for people who usually buy their games.

  • ZeldaFan83

    This is cool but it’s too bad they are not able to decrease loading times even further. It’d be great to turn on my Wii U and have it load up in 3 seconds. Probably a lack of CPU power and RAM or resources being used in other parts of the OS. Well it’s great none the less.

  • thedeciderU

    this is sure a welcome edition, but they are so slow with their updates it makes me want slow clap for them. kinda sad. either way, this is something i look forward to.

  • Mozellergodt

    This is what I would do if I was Iwata:

    1. Make more powerful consoles. So that 3rd party devs can just trow their engine at it without spending alot of time on rewriting / optimizing the code for nintendo hardware. Also this will by default attract more people to the console.

    2. Drop the gimmicks, make it optional accesories instead. Wii U pad has not been justified for me yet, it’s okey but nothing more than that. Certainly doesn’t have the wow-factor to it like the wii motion controls had.

    3. Make sure the OS feels quick and responsive. Make it more dynamic, would love if it was possible to make themes for it , downloadable on eShop. Not everyone is a fan of the standard look. Think majoras mask user interface f.ex 😀

  • Jonathan Dogey

    I don’t know why they refuse to make a new user interface altogether. So tired of the old Wii style grid with countless buttons to cycle through. We don’t even get folders or nothing

    • thedeciderU

      not having folders is starting to become a problem.

  • bob

    I was missing this since the old ps1 days. Actually booting into a game on a game system instead of a menu.

  • Sam

    I have no problem with the start-up time. Now I have a question; is this quick-start menu optional or do I have to use it? I’d rather have WaraWara plaza load every time I start up my Wii U.

    • X3Charlie

      Optional. There’s a button in the bottom right to go through the normal menu.

      • Sam

        Okay good. Thanks.

  • Mozellergodt

    There might be a technical reason as to why they are not doing this, but why not rewrite your shitty software instead of those bandaids Nintendo? It’s messy

  • Santiago

    A more critical change IMO would be to fix home button taking too long to show the options. And the fact that pushing Home exits eShop or Miiverse or the Browser.
    (very often Im browsing the eShop or Miiverse and I see the blue ring meaning a friend went online, but I have to ignore that and continue browsing, or attend it and close the eShop/Miiverse)

    • Agreed, it’s only a second but it feels like a drag. Should be nearly instant.

      I’ve exited the eshop a few times by accident as well.

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  • Jonathan Dogey

    If you got Real deal baseball on 3DS, that’s exactly what I imagined for the Wii U! You have the little shop next door to your little Mii’s house. And you walk inside your little Mii’s house and there’s a TV and a game console on the floor. And you pop in the game you bought next door in the console and then it plays. It’s all animated and interactive. Why can’t the Wii U user interface be like that?? Your own little Mii house that you can customize?? And have classic game consoles by an animated HDTV? And have an animated wall shelf with your whole Virtual Console game library up on the shelf, in boxes that look like the original retail versions from the 90’s??? Why doesn’t Nintendo do this??