Wii U Will Launch Without Nintendo TVii; Service Coming In December

By Ishaan . November 16, 2012 . 8:20am

Wii U will not be launching with the Nintendo TVii service in North America, Nintendo of America have announced.


The service, which acts as a single user interface through which you can access Netflix, Hulu Plus and other streaming services, will be activated sometime in December. Nintendo TVii also allows the Wii U GamePad to act as a remote control and a program guide for your television. The service is also capable of sourcing sports data and connecting with social networks for users to share their thoughts.


Additionally, a YouTube application is in development for the Wii U as well. This will be made available “in the coming weeks” after launch, along with the Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video services. (Note that, while Nintendo TVii is free, you still need to pay for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon—or whichever of the three you use.)


Wii U will be launched on November 18th in North America.

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  • Casey McMahon

    No Tvii!!!!!

  • not a big deal

  • raitouniverse

    This is a big deal, not delivering on advertised applications? If they can’t follow through on things they advertised, how much faith can we put in other stuff they promise?

    • Onizuka Gio Hikari

      well damn this isn’t new its certainly not a deal breaker considering you can access all of these services on phones, portables, and pcs/consoles…i think they just need a little more time optimizing it..

      • raitouniverse

        You guys don’t get it. Obviously the core people don’t care about this. This is supposed to be their selling point to the “casual” (as much as I hate saying that) crowd, and that is very important.

        • Chaheezor

          Casuals generally don’t buy consoles on launch day. The core who care about games will, the casuals will buy around Christmas time.

          • raitouniverse

            That makes sense, though it’s still slightly worrying that they can’t get it together.

          • sd28

            or it could be a last minute bug they found that there working on honestly this is disappointing but not the end of the world as its only a minor delay .

    • Mizu D

      Disappointing? MAYBE
      Big deal? NO

    • I wonder if they feel it doesn’t matter all that much during launch month because it’s going to be selling primarily to the “core” audience within that period. Either way, not the best way to roll your product out, but perhaps they feel they can take the hit on this, since the majority of the casual audience won’t be buying at launch.

  • idrawrobots

    Unfortunate, but I guess I’ll just have to play all of my games.

  •  It’s coming in a few weeks.  Have some perspective.  Do you not buy electronics ever in the modern age? 

  • KingGunblader

    …This is not a big deal. I’m buying Wii U to play video games. I can wait a few weeks for Netflix.

  • raitouniverse

    You guys know how much time of the big nintendo direct they allocated to this TVii and media stuff right? Certainly they were treating it with some importance. If they can’t deliver, then why did they care so much before? It might not be a big deal to us commenting on video game enthusiast sites, but we’re not the audience that that stuff was trying to capture.

    • I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.  This isn’t saying they can’t deliver, it just means that it wont be software available on day one, but will be shortly after (dude, Wii U releases half way through this month, December isn’t far off).  

      Oh, and if you haven’t noticed already, the Wii U releases in North America FIRST.  The TVii not being there on day one wont really do much for most people anyway as most Wii U’s will be sold out before most “casual” gamers get to it.  They said they’ll have more by the time it’s around the Christmas holiday (probably around the time TVii will be out).  

      • kupomogli

        No.  He’s right.  They can’t deliver.  They haven’t delivered since 2008 and that was with Super Smash Bros Brawl. 

        But hey, when I finally get the Wii U, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if I’m proven wrong. Always better to be less hyped up than more hyped up.

    • sd28

      and as long as they get the service and can use it why would it be a big deal its still coming just late .


    As long as Miiverse, eshop, and the internet browser are available on day 1, there probably won’t be a problem with the core gamers.

    I don’t find any problem with this myself.

  • SirRichard

    Oh no, now you’ll have to play your games like the rest of the world!

  • Shuga Suenaga

    Stop complaining lol WiiU launches on November 18th you’ll just have to wait one week for december probably two and a half r.r

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