Wii U

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


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.