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Wii U video shows new quick start menu

Nintendo has released a video showing off Wii U's upcoming quick start menu.

In response to frustration expressed by console owners over the operating system's sluggishness, Nintendo said earlier this year that a number of Wii U system updates were in the works to remedy loading times.

Company president Satoru Iwata said at the time that the 20-or-so seconds it takes to start Wii U software "significantly impairs" the console's simplicity of use.

The quick start option will enable users to fast load titles from a new menu of recently played game icons on the Gamepad screen. Users will be able tap the game they wish to play, then select the Mii representing their Nintendo account, before the system launches directly into the title, bypassing the main home menu.

"We think that this function will make you feel that the time to start up a Wii U software title is cut by more than 50 per cent, and that it will also lead to more Wii U users understanding the appealing nature of the GamePad," Iwata said.

The executive showed the video below to investors earlier today during Nintendo's annual financial results briefing, after the company reported a net loss following disappointing Wii U sales.

"The integration of this feature is almost complete, and this is how it will actually work on the Wii U system," he said. "We will deliver this update to Wii U owners when we update the Wii U hardware either before or during summer."

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