Wii U Demo Kiosk & Boot Time

Nintendo has begun rolling out their Wii U displays for the masses.  If you have yet to get your hands on the system, check out your local Best Buy or GameStop.  At my local Best Buy, not only was there a Wii U setup, there were Wii U branded Wii Remotes and Nunchuks along with pre-order slips for games.


When it came to the actual Wii U interactive, it was slightly disappointing.  The only game available to try was Rayman Legends, while the rest of the games simply had videos.  This wasn’t too much of a problem since I had never played Rayman Legends, Wii U or otherwise.  I played through it with my husband in tow and we both had a good laugh.  What turned my smile into concern though was the fact that each time the “demo period” was over, which was approximately 12 minutes, was the strangely long reboot time.  Check out the video below which has not been altered for time whatsoever.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXMWICCPn4c[/youtube]

Now, most would say that 2-3 minutes isn’t a long time to wait.  Normally I’d agree, except the point of the display is to attract attention.  Certainly there were people who came by and touched the GamePad, curious about what it was.  Once they realized nothing was happening after touching it, they went about shopping elsewhere in the store.  In this day and age, demonstrations need to be quick and readily available or they face the indifference of short attention span consumers.

Whether this is indicative of the actual boot times of the Wii U remains to be seen, but I seriously doubt it.  Probably just a marketing SNAFU by Nintendo.