Nintendo has announced an incentive for its fans to watch Super Bowl 2014. Those who spectate the upcoming NFL championship game with Nintendo TVii on Wii U will be able to enter for a chance to win a limited edition Nintendo Football jersey, which apparently has an approximate retail value of $120. Nintendo TVii users will also be able to make predictions about the game in real time, and compete with other viewers to earn their place on a leaderboard.
Nintendo has apologized for the absence of Nintendo TVii in Europe. Originally planned to launch last year in the continent, the Wii U application allows users to engage with TV shows and movies via the Wii U GamePad. The 6.2-inch touch-screen controller can also be used to search for programming from subscription services. Nintendo TVii has been available in North America and Japan since December 2012.
“We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned,” Nintendo said.
“Please continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future.”
Nintendo of America has released an update for Nintendo TVii on the Wii U. The update brings with it a number of small improvements to the application, including updating the remote with easier access to certain features. Nintendo TVii has yet to launch in Europe despite the console already being out a year. Here’s some of the new features you can enjoy.
- Team up with other fans and earn points by predicting plays
- These points will be used for leaderboards
- Updated remote with easier access to features
- Better fps with scrolling – 60 fps?
Nintendo of America has announced via Facebook and Twitter that Netflix is finally available on Nintendo TVii. Nintendo TVii is only currently available in the United States and is supposed to be coming to Europe sometime this year.
Netflix has arrived on Nintendo TVii. Now you can find even more of your favorite TV shows and movies right from your Wii U GamePad. You don’t need to make any update to your profile – Netflix will automatically appear as a viewing option as long as the program is supported by their streaming service.
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime led the first “Reggie Asks.” The interview is broken into five segments and gives readers an in-depth look at the newly released Nintendo TVii application on Wii U. Nintendo TVii is up and running in North America and will be available for use in other regions in the future.
Go here to read the first “Reggie Asks.”
Reports are coming in that Nintendo TVii is now available to use on your North American Wii U system. There’s no download required, you simply just select the Nintendo TVii icon and content should start appearing. Let us know what you think to the application in the comments below.
Nintendo of America has announced that Reggie Fils-Aime will be leading a ‘Reggie Asks’ tomorrow. The interview will focus solely on Wii U’s Nintendo TVii application, which becomes activated tomorrow, December 20th, in the U.S. and Canada.
Reggie knows television, and will be leading a special Reggie Asks interview on Nintendo TVii for #WiiU tomorrow
The company that changed how we play is about to change how we watch. On Dec. 20, Nintendo will introduce Nintendo TVii, a free, integrated service for the recently launched Wii U console that combines what you watch and how you watch into one seamless, second-screen experience on the revolutionary new Wii U GamePad controller.
The rapid increase in both the quality and availability of video entertainment content – hundreds of satellite and cable channels, a seemingly endless amount of video-on-demand options – has made finding something to watch a complex and occasionally frustrating process. The solution to this problem is coming from perhaps an unexpected place: a video game console.
“After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again. Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on game play and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience. Welcome to the new world of TVii.”
- Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime.
Nintendo TVii maximizes Wii U owners’ current cable, satellite and video-on-demand services by pulling all of their available content sources – such as a Comcast cable package or Hulu Plus subscription – into one place. This empowers Wii U owners to focus on what they want to watch and not how they want to watch. And once users find the show, sporting event or movie they want, they press an icon and Nintendo TVii does the rest.
In addition to greatly simplifying finding and watching video content, Nintendo TVii also includes a series of social features that enable Wii U owners to share experiences and exciting moments with friends as they are happening on live TV. People can engage with others by commenting and sharing on Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Or they can comment, post or tweet about an incredible touchdown, a remarkable performance or a shocking plot twist, all using the personal screen of the Wii U GamePad.
Nintendo TVii requires no additional equipment and can be enjoyed with very little setup, demonstrating what’s possible when the second screen is truly integrated with the TV. Wii U owners can also discover more information about what they’re watching by easily accessing information on the GamePad via an Internet connection, including cast details, movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and sports data such as live stats and scores.
Nintendo TVii launches in the United States and Canada on Dec. 20. At launch, the service will support cable and satellite providers in both regions, as well as direct integration with Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus subscriptions in the United States. Further integration with Netflix subscriptions and TiVo are expected in early 2013 in the United States. Wii U owners with a Netflix subscription can still access the Netflix application from the Wii U system’s main menu and enjoy their favorite content accordingly.
All elements of the Nintendo TVii service are included in the purchase price of the Wii U system. Users will define which services they currently subscribe to – including the channel lineup in their cable package and video-on-demand service subscriptions – as part of the setup process.
Nintendo TVii observes the Wii U system parental controls, and additional options specific to the Nintendo TVii features can be chosen in the Nintendo TVii settings. Every member of the family can create a different viewing profile.
Nintendo of America has uploaded the first television commercial for Wii U Chat and the forthcoming Nintendo TVii. Nintendo already revealed that Nintendo TVii will be arriving in North America sometime next month, and in Europe sometime next year. Are you a fan of these North American commercials for the Wii U?
When the Wii U launches in Japan, on December 8th, Nintendo TVii will be made available for Japanese consumers from the get-go. Nintendo confirmed earlier this week that Nintendo TVii is coming next year to select regions in Europe. The built-in, convenient application will be activated next month for Wii U owners in North America.