If you're planning to play Mario Kart 8 in the near future, you may have a wait ahead of you thanks to the latest Wii U update. Ironically enough, though, this should speed up the process of playing games from here on out. The patch (version 5.0.0 U) most notably adds a quick start menu to the GamePad that gives access to a handful of recently played or installed software -- something the company showed off back in January. What's more, as Kotaku spotted, you can now download and install updates while the system is in standby, and Nintendo's gargantuan controller can even receive push notifications from the system when it's in its low-power state. Exactly what those will entail is anyone's guess, though. If you'd like a preview of how the rapid-boot menu works ahead of using it for yourself, we've embedded a clip after the break.
Nintendo Wii U GamePad