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Nintendo TVii Delayed to December

by Neal Ronaghan - November 16, 2012, 7:13 am EST
Total comments: 18

Fans of watching stuff on the Wii U will have to wait a few weeks for TVii, Netflix, and more.

Nintendo TVii, previously touted as a launch day feature, isn't coming until December, according to a recent Nintendo press release.

At a non-specific December date, Nintendo will activate Nintendo TVii, the service that will "transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports." Additionally, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and YouTube won't be out at launch.

Their time frame is "in the coming weeks," meaning that they might be available before Nintendo TVii's rollout or vice versa. The wording of the press release insinuates that each service will have their own app outside of Nintendo TVii. We have contacted Nintendo for clarification.

Nintendo's Wii U Console Introduces How U Will Play Next

Wii U GamePad to Change the Way People Play, Browse, Share and Communicate

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo’s Wii U console – the first new home video game system in six years – arrives on Nov. 18, aiming to change the landscape of games and entertainment with its new Wii U GamePad controller. With more than 30 launch-day games for all types of players, Wii U arrives just in time for the holidays and is poised to be the must-have gift of the season.

The Wii U Basic Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $299.99 and includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB* of internal storage, one white touch-screen GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI cable. The Wii U Deluxe Set will be available at a suggested retail price of $349.99 and its components are black. This set includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased internal storage totaling 32 GB*, a console stand, a GamePad stand and a GamePad charging cradle. People who purchase the Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which allows Deluxe Set owners to earn points when they purchase downloadable games and then redeem those points for codes that earn them credit toward even more fun digital content in the online Nintendo eShop. For more information about the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which is available for a limited time, please visit http://ddp.nintendo.com.

“Wii U is an ‘everyday’ connected device – offering a combination of games, entertainment, online connectivity and social activity that will make people want to interact with it daily,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “Never before have so many features been packed into one game console, at any price. Our substantial lineup of games offered at launch has something for everyone on your shopping list.”

Wii U offers completely new and unexpected game play, entertainment experiences and unique online interactions:

  • Wii U GamePad: The controller features a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. It comes with dual analog sticks and traditional buttons for gaming. The GamePad is wirelessly connected to the console, providing a perfectly integrated second-screen experience with the TV, no matter how it’s being used. Different players can enjoy different experiences in the same game, depending on which controller they opt to use. Players can even move select games from the TV to be played on the GamePad or use the GamePad as a TV remote control.
  • Games: Wii U is launching with 29 packaged games, plus a handful of digital games, marking the largest launch lineup in Nintendo history. Nintendo-published games available on launch day include Nintendo LandNew Super Mario Bros. ™ USiNG PARTY and NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge. Third-party publishers also will have an amazing array of games available on launch day, such as Just Dance® 4,Assassin’s Creed® III and ZombiU from Ubisoft, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II from Activision Publishing, Inc., Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, EA SPORTSFIFA Soccer 13 and Madden NFL 13 from Electronic Arts, NBA 2K13 from 2K Sports and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and Scribblenauts Unlimited from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. A number of these titles will also be available for purchase digitally in the Nintendo eShop alongside a strong launch-day lineup of downloadable digital-only games, including Little Inferno from Tomorrow Corporation,Trine 2: Director’s Cut from Frozenbyte, Chasing Aurora from Broken Rules, Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition from WayForward and Nano Assault NEO from Shin’en. Wii U owners can expand the storage capacity of their systems by adding their own USB external hard disc drives. Downloadable content for select games, such as additional levels or maps, will roll out in December following a system update. Wii U is backward compatible with almost all Wii games and Wii accessories.
  • Miiverse: Miiverse is a global community in which gamers from all over can share experiences, discuss games and learn more about the video games they love. Using their personalized Mii characters, players with broadband Internet access can enter Miiverse and see games and entertainment content they have interacted with recently, expressed interest in learning more about or that their friends are playing or discussing. They can also challenge their friends to play together, ask for help from the Miiverse community about a difficult level or discover elements of their favorite games they never knew existed. Miiverse is integrated seamlessly into the Wii U experience.
  • Video on Demand: In the coming weeks, an array of favorite movies and TV shows will become available to Wii U owners on Amazon Instant Video and to Hulu Plus and Netflix subscribers. These services will also be accessible from Nintendo TVii. Wii U owners will also be able to watch YouTube videos and channels through the YouTube application, as well as sign in to their account and control the application with the GamePad. Wii U owners who have connected their systems to the Internet will receive a notification as each video application becomes active.
  • Nintendo TVii: In December, Nintendo will activate this unique application that will transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports. Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad. Nintendo TVii comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment. It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what they’re watching, as information from a variety of sources is automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports data. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family.
  • Wii U Chat: Wii U owners can video chat with one another on a broadband Internet connection using the built-in camera and microphone of the Wii U GamePad. Friends and family members far away can see and talk with one another in real time using this service at no additional charge.
  • Internet Browser: Wii U comes with a browser that lets users surf the Web from the comfort of their couches. Users can browse purely on the GamePad while watching a program on TV. Additionally, they can pause a game, launch the browser and search for something, and then re-enter the game right where they left off.

“The value of Wii U goes well beyond day one,” Fils-Aime said. “Nintendo will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new services for Wii U owners.”

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about the many Wii U features and details about all the current and upcoming games, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu. A network update is required for some features.


Disco StuNovember 16, 2012

This is some bullshit.  I mean, I guess I want them to get the services whipped into shape before making them live, but this means I will have to keep my Wii hooked up to watch Netflix/Hulu until these are available on Wii U. Not the end of the world, but definitely annoying.

AdrockNovember 16, 2012

First world problems.

HeyItsMeNovember 16, 2012

"Works with almost all Wii games" Pshh this thing better work with every Wii Game. In December is not to bad for TVii I can't wait to get this thing Sunday morning at 10am PST

CericNovember 16, 2012

Quote from: Adrock

First world problems.

That's this whole site in that regards.

Well, I'm hoping their is more media support than indicated because I hate to have to keep my PS3 hooked up because its the superior all around Media player (Netflix, DLNA Support, 3D Blu-Ray/DVD, etc.)  I'm really hoping to move the PS3 to another room.  Maybe at the very least I could do something with Bluetooth or and adapter to use the Gamepad...

ShyGuyNovember 16, 2012

That's a bummer. Could I still access Netflix through my built in virtual Wii?

I have 5 different pieces of hardware that run Netflix and Hulu.  While its disappointing I won't be able to tinker with these features out of he box, better they release it when it's done right than as a half-baked mess.

BlkPaladinNovember 16, 2012

Well since they worded it turned on, they probally have their end of the software done. It was probally Netflicks or Hulu who didn't have it done.

And I doubt the Wii Channel will work because it seems Nintendo sandboxed it so the Wii's exploits couldn't be used. So I know games that use the network and Connect24 do not work (for now) so if you want movies just keep the Wii Hooked into a different hook (if your TV has multiples).

SonofMrPeanutNovember 16, 2012

That's fine, really.  Probably won't have the time to use it until December, anyway.

Disco StuNovember 16, 2012

Apparently Netflix has said that its Wii U app will be available Day 1 but won't be incorporated into TVii until next year.

Shorty McNostrilNovember 16, 2012

Does anyone know if this will work in Australia, or will we be shafted as usual?

Do you have these kinds of streaming video services in Australia? Based on everything I've seen, this is mostly an American thing because we're the ones with all the choices for video streaming.

Mop it upNovember 16, 2012

Now how will I watch TV?

Pixelated PixiesNovember 16, 2012

I've said this alot in the last few weeks in regards to Wii U news, but I'll say it again. Soooooo dumb.

FireponcoalNovember 16, 2012

Really cute Nintendo.  Thanks.  Why have most recent consoles from this company been released in a somewhat half baked fashion?  Kind of like the TVii feature in my opinion but I guess that truely remains to be seen.  Getting in bed with different cable/sat companies is never easy and I'm betting when the feature gets an official ok many companies including Direct TV and others will not fully be on board.  Direct TV already has a pretty nice iPad app and I can't see them letting Nintendo release something that does essentially the same thing. Direct TV poured tons of money into perfecting their product on iOS and want it to be a seemless experience.  Time will tell I guess and I'm very curious to see how it all shakes out.

TamazoidNovember 16, 2012

Delayed until December isn't that bad. It would be worse if it wasn't coming until 2013.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 16, 2012

The crying all over the internet about this is exactly why Nintendo keeps the details of their plans close to their chest.

broodwarsNovember 16, 2012

Quote from: UncleBob

The crying all over the internet about this is exactly why Nintendo keeps the details of their plans close to their chest.

No, instead they've spent the last two months hyping a feature they couldn't deliver on, at least in the 3 weeks of the console's life cycle. Yes, that's much better.  ::)

I don't care about this feature, and I never will care about this feature. If I want to watch TV, there's at least 3 other ways I have of doing so.  I just find it striking how rushed this launch seems, despite Nintendo having spent at least the last several years preparing for it.  And unlike the Wii U Virtual Console (or anything else Nintendo has conveniently omitted from pre-launch announcement), which people defended as being "too minor" to be worth being concerned about not being ready for launch, Nintendo has been hyping TVii as a major feature.  It makes me wonder if we've heard the end yet of the features the Wii U won't have, at least at launch.

Remember, Nintendo is working with outside companies for a lot of the TVii stuff. Not just Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, they've got another company doing the main interface of it. The problem may have been on one of their ends. But we'll never know that, and six months from now nobody will remember any of this, at least assuming It doesn't slip any farther. The odds are pretty good that most of the people for whom this is a major selling point will have a hard time finding one in the first three weeks anyway.

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