TVii Service Coming On December 8 Alongside Wii U Launch In Japan

By Spencer . November 27, 2012 . 12:53am

imageNintendo announced the electronic TV guide for Wii U will launch alongside the console in Japan on December 8. TVii pulls data from Rovi’s G-Guide and lets players scroll through listings on the GamePad. What’s interesting is the TV remote control feature, a built-in freebie in North America, costs 100 yen ($1.20) in Japan.


Nintendo of America said TVii will be available in December, but didn’t specify a date. Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Tivo are integrated into TVii in North America. Europe will be able to use the TVii service in early 2013.


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  • s07195

    Is this because US watches more TV than Japan?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      I think its equal lol

  • Marik78

    Nice, now you can watch TV on your TV.
    Also, I wondered, is the tablet thing like a handheld or do you have to use it near the WiiU ?

    • ALMIGHTY Juicemon E. Genesis

      I believe it has about a 10-20ft. range limit for the wireless signal. So, you still have to be neer the console to use the gamepad.

      • Marik78

        Ok. Thanks for the answer~

    • puchinri

      I think it’s more like, you can watch TV while someone else watches another program? (Supposing what you watch can be on the tablet instead.)

      Also, for those who don’t have a Roku, having the Amazon, etc is handy.
      [The concept is really handy in general to me.]

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