During the Nintendo pre-E3 press conference, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned one of the problems he has with video games these days is the start up time. Up to a minute between powering up the console and playing the game is just a waste of time, argues Iwata, who believes that since time is precious to many people today, this is another thing that has to change to increase the gaming population. He said he really appreciates the sleep mode in Nintendo DS, because it allows him to flip it open and get going with no delay. And now, Nintendo is bringing this functionality to the Wii.
WiiConnect24 is a standby-esque feature of the new console, whereby the console can be left on but will only use the power of a miniature light bulb, and will run silently because the fan will be powered down. However, unlike the standby on a stereo (or a PS2), key features of the console will still be running, enabling gameplay to commence within seconds of a full power-up. Even more importantly, the Wii will remain connected to the internet during this 'standby period', and content will be able to be delivered to the system memory, even while the console is not in use. Thus, it would be possible to receive a letter in Animal Crossing while you sleep, meaning the Wii could be your own personal email server (!?). More applications of the WiiConnect24 service will be revealed during E3.