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Nintendo TVii For Wii U Launches Tomorrow In North America


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.

60 thoughts on “Nintendo TVii For Wii U Launches Tomorrow In North America”

    1. ROFLOL the company that changed how we play, most hilarious quote in the month, I love all the consoles but that’s going too far.

      1. Except its probably the most accurate.
        From different controller and gameplay structures, to what theyre doing now with Miiverse and the WiiU’s online function, they are changing how we play.

        Sure as hell better than the same controller for 3 generations, with nothing but better visuals to show for it.

      2. What’s funny the wii changed how we played. Enter into evidence wii remote.
        Soon after motion control rather you like it or not was introduced with the wii. Now tablet home console play will be the next wave .

  1. Hope it comes to Europe soon.We only have netflix right now where I live but I’m still interested to see how this will work.

  2. Looking forward to this. I had a strong feeling that this would be made available tomorrow, in anticipation of all those new Wii U owners on Christmas!

  3. I think Nintendo Tvii is gunna be a full on revoloution. I can’t get over using the Gamepad as a TV remote and having netflix on my wiiu :) . Now imagine if those 2 features offer so much fun , then what the fuck is NTVii gunna bring to the table !!!

  4. Hopefully this improves the streaming services. So far their poor in comparison to the PS3. They resolution sucks as does the interface for each app.

  5. Next year the new xbox vill be revieled and there will be no stop for it!
    Oh and about this shit about the <> you should forget this.NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!!

    1. The next box will only be as popular as Sony allows it to be. Realize this, Sony is the releasing the PS4 at the exact same time as the xbox720. If Sony announces the PS4 at e3 as well, with games games and more games Microsoft is taking third position in generation 8. The Wii U shall be sitting pretty and powerful in position number one due to th other two’s cut throating each other.

    2. yes new xbox can not be stoped specs including voloci-raptor hard drives over 10,000 rpm hard drive a hdd at 10,000 rpms go look up wester didgital 10,000 rpm voloci-raptors hdds and you think 5,400 and 7,200 rpm hdd 10,000 rpms

  6. The great great great grand father of the 3DS the Gameboy says hello! The great great grandfather, the SNES and the great great great grand father the NES, of the Wii U both say hello! to the competition :).

    1. If you don’t have cable or satellite, at least you can STILL use your standard HDTV and use the GamePad as your personal remote control. Just because you don’t have cable like everyone including myself, doesn’t mean Nintendo TVii is useless

  7. Can’t say that this is the feature that I’m most looking forward to, but I’m definitely going to try it out for a good amount of time. If something like this works as advertised, it’s literally the biggest step forward in home entertainment since being able to access Netflix and Hulu from your TV.

  8. Still curious as to how it all works, what you can connect ect. Also i would die if the TVii game you a notification mid game that your show was about to start.
    Give us the UK release >.<

    1. Don’t worry about it. Nintendo is trying their hardest in making the Wii U a unique, powerful, and eco-friendly video game console. There will be more Wii U titles coming up later and next year including more indie games.

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  10. if they aren’t going to make. it available in Australia I want the ability to remove it to make some room in the 32GB hdd …

    1. hi there nintendo is not a 32 gb hdd or hard drive wii u uses 32 gb ssd or solid state flash drive like in iphones

      1. wow, so I said hdd instead of flash memory… point is, don’t give me preinstalled stuff if you don’t make it usable in my country.

  11. yeah i can’t see how it would here in Australia. We don’t have any of those streaming services :( and cable isn’t nearly as big here as in the US. Sees like a US sentric idea if you ask e

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