Satoru Iwata took time during this morning's Nintendo Direct, to address issues users have had with the Wii U's slow load times. A pair of updates will be released during the spring and summer of this year, that will help speed up menu navigation and the launching of software. Complaints about the console's slow operating system have plagued Nintendo since the Wii U's release last November. These issues are especially surprising when one takes into account that the Wii U has more RAM dedicated to its OS than the PS3 and Xbox 360 have combined. Specifics as to which update fixes what issues have not been made clear, but at least now Wii U owners know that Nintendo is actively working on solving these problems.
Though he was vague on the details, Iwata implied that there may be more to these updates than performance enhancements. He commented that they will also bring new features to the Wii U, though nothing was stated as to what those features may be. While it may or may not be part of the spring update, Iwata also mentioned that the Wii U’s virtual console will be made available around the same time.