A few minor thoughts while reading the book:
Combined with the way inserted discs don't "autoplay", this may have been a deliberate "forcing function". Despite the "this is a virtual console" rhetoric, it's as if they don't want you to forget you're not just playing a Gamecube. (I feel this more pointedly because at my folks' place, we use a projector, and would prefer not to have a sensor bar always strung across, especially if we are just playing Super Monkey Ball 2 or what not. Ironically, the workaround for us is to use a Guitar Hero guitar, which has a small joystick that can control the cursor, since the guitar otherwise blocks the IR sensor)
Overall the book is a fine read.