As the Wii U currently exists, there is a fair amount of waiting -- more than 20 seconds, according to Nintendo -- before gamers can select what they want to play (which, in turn, then has to be loaded, too). Nintendo's solution, as shared by CEO Satoru Iwata during its financial results meeting last night, is to allow the GamePad to be used to select a game and a user profile almost immediately upon turning it on, thereby avoiding much of the waiting users currently have to do.
"The quick start menu enables you to load one of the software titles you have recently played without being routed to the console menu," Iwata explained. "From the start, the GamePad has been equipped with a 'TV Button,' which is used to start the TV Remote functionality. The GamePad can complete this function without starting up the Wii U console, and so you can turn on the TV almost instantaneously by pushing the TV Button. The quick start menu uses the same mechanism as the TV Button.
"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 percent, and that it will also lead to more Wii U users understanding the appealing nature of the GamePad."