Nov 16th, 2012

Nintendo surprised everyone with Nintendo TVii, a TV watching, content streaming, DVR-like feature for the Wii U. You’ll be able to watch TV, stream movies and all sorts of content on the Wii U.

Nintendo has now revealed that the Nintendo TVii feature officially launches in December 2012 in North America. The service will come as a free download to all Wii U owners, and will work from day one with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and more.

Furthermore, Nintendo has partnered up with cable providers in the US to bring television to the console as well. Nintendo TVii will be able to stream news, sports, shows, and other TV content. The shows will have Wii U specific features, such as sports games where you’ll be able to get the stats and game data on the GamePad, and more.

It was recently revealed that Nintendo TVii was considered for Europe and Japan, but in order to get this to work, deals have to be made with many individual content providers and cable networks. We’ll see how it goes.

For more on the new TV service, check out some of the Nintendo TVii screenshots.

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  • Tobbe

    Give Europe too soon

    • Mii Tvii Wii u IS awesome

      Don’t forget Australia

    • Cheese


  • James

    “We’ll see how it goes?” Why does Nintendo not care about Europe? Also in the Wii U Premium Pack we only get Nintendoland in a sleeve! That’s BS if you ask me.

    • darkfox

      WHAT?? Europe got Xenoblade and Last Story WAAAAY before we did I we still have not gotten Pandora’s Tower so They are just showing us some love!

      • Nintedward

        And we got the 3DS XL a month before USA and Kingdom Hearts DDD and NSMB2 way early if I remember correct.

    • Knowitall

      You, kind sir, are wrong in more than one of your factualities. Firstly, all of my sources says that Nintendo Land does indeed come in a box here in Europe as well, so relax for a moment.

      Secondly, Nintendo is giving us heaps of great content early on, oftentimes much earlier than the Americans. The 3DS XL arrived here a whole month in advance, not to mention all the games that’s come out recently that has been released here much sooner than over there.

      I don’t know the cause of your abrupt eruptal foulness, but please bear in mind that Nintendo is indeed an international corporation, and that striking deals might take time. Streaming services has been around for ages in the northern Americas, while it’s only quite recently arrived here in Europe, so I would expect Nintendo TVii to enter our Wii U’s as soon as it’s a huge demand for it. Oh, and don’t worry. Netflix and other streaming services will probably be available on your console soon regardless.

      The “We’ll see how it goes”-statement didn’t come from Nintendo, though, but from this unofficial magazine which is established in North-America. The author is probably lacking the sam enthusiasm for an European Nintendo TVii, seeing as he will have it in his paws in nothing but a mere month. We’ll have to wait for some more time, but the guys at Wii U Daily doesn’t really have to care about us Europeans, and they aren’t exactly the most professional news site on the internet either, so I wouldn’t get too worked up over a comment they’ve written.

      Yours sincerly,
      Tangerine Loaf.

    • Derp

      I think the reason they are allocating to the United States is because they think the United States is an ATM machine for game developers and hardware developers. (In a sense, the statement is believable.)

      However, I do believe this launch is really going to twist and strain Nintendo a bit. It is becoming obvious a lot of people are getting interested in having a Wii U; however, I believe Nintendo has just started manufacturing only 2 months ago which is why there is going to be a shortage.

    • WarioForever

      But the price in Europe is almost 2x more than America’s price. Example; Nintendo 3DS in USA 160$ I think, BUT in EU 320$!!! So, do the math!

    • TheWholeTruth

      I’ll agree with James on this one.

      Europe don’t receive Nintendo TVii right now, then again, there’s always a delay. Same often does to Canada as well, although we did see some simultaneously released apps day one on both borders.

      But James, you’re in Europe, right? Consider yourself lucky, you got the Zombiu bundle, as we are stuck with the kiddy game Nintendo land. The reason why I won’t be buying a Wii U. (At the very least, not yet anyway)

      I’ve seen the E3 demo, and my 21 years of age simply don’t won’t to play thoses kind of games.

  • prettypinkpanacea

    Yeah, I wonder if Australia will receive this.

  • Kevin White

    Maybe they’re adding the ability to actuall watch streamed shows and movies ON the Gamepad.

    Oh well, I can dream…

    • PACMAN

      The wii u will never be able to run dvd’s because it runs the console out faster.

      • Kevin White

        DVDs? I didn’t say anything about DVDs.

        I said “streamed shows and movies.” As in, I’d like to be able to watch em with the Gamepad.

        Without that functionality, TVii is useless to me. I already have a FIOS remote control that works great and I can stream stuff to my TV through several different methods.

        • TheWholeTruth

          Can somebody please explain how in the world that playing dvd movies will run out the disc player faster?

          Yes, it can, IF you place it vertically in a simple disc tray, because it has a hard time to run the disc smoothly, but other than that, there isn’t any reason.

          And, at worst, let’s assume that it did, who cares? The console is only 300$ anyway, just buy a new one.
          I can’t imagine it being any worst than the RRODs…

      • Nintendude

        He didn’t say anything about DVD’s…

      • Madmagican

        …? Wii U doesn’t support DVDs; Kevin was talking about streaming movies through Netflix or Hulu

    • Kevin White

      Now I’m really confused. On Jimmy Fallon, Reggie stated unequivocally that you can watch things *ON THE GAMEPAD ITSELF.*

      I have not seen that shown in any pictures, any video, teasers, demonstrations etc. I have not seen it written in any list of features. itself stops WELL short of stating that you can WATCH on the Gamepad! A few possibilities emerge:

      1. You CANNOT watch on the Gamepad and Reggie is either mistaken or lying. This is actually plausible. He’s been wrong before. He talked about Mario and Zelda “in 3D” on the show too. Of course there are at least three definitions of 3D (A) 3D polygon graphics which we’ve had since the PS1, B) 3D stereoscopic presentation like Avatar, 3DTVs, and the 3DS, and C) 3D as in a head-tracking VR unit like the Oculus Rift). It’s extremely unlikely that Mario or Zelda will ever be in stereoscopic 3D as in definition B.

      2. You CANNOT watch on the Gamepad YET but you may be able to in the future, in which case maybe the delay really IS about bringing this functionality. You would think if that were the case though that they’d want to bring this to light to justify the delay.

      3. You CAN watch on the Gamepad but Nintendo’s marketing and detailing of this feature has so far been inept or ambiguous enough to not explicitly state that fact. From

      “Enjoy a personalized program guide, remote control, and social second screen”

      It goes on to list in detail all the things you can do but never does it mention watching a thing on the Gamepad itself.

      My take? Reggie made a boo-boo on national television. Oh well.

  • HogyBear

    That’s right. Murica’

  • Ledreppe

    Please bring this to the UK.

    • F

      Agreed, hopefully they’ll team up with Virgin rather than Sky.

  • Dronch

    Can’t wait

  • link 5

    Sounds good …..!!?!

  • corbin74

    What about dish network? Why are they always left out? I’m gonna have to switch to directv…

  • BCphoton

    Looks good! What does it mean when it says, “Will be able to stream TV content”? Will some cable stations be streamable without a cable subscription?

  • afroninja

    i cant get mine til christmas cause im only eleven and cant afford anything

    • gamers mind

      im first hahahahahahahahhahahahah in your little faces

      • Ledreppe

        No you’re not!

        • TheWholeTruth

          Muhahaha, I’m waiting to get mine… :/

    • immallama22

      I feel ya 😛

    • eli

      SPOILED i got my 3DS when i was eleven and i’m twelve i got enough money
      just cause’ you can’t save doesn’t mean you can’t afford anything

      • Nintendonoob

        Im 11 too… I am planning to sell my Wii for Wii U… I need $100 more dollars… Im getting desperate

        • afroninja

          only sell your wii if you have a gamecube

    • Madmagican

      I’m 15 and I’ve got exactly $100 cash, but my parents won’t buy me a WiiU… I probably won’t get my hands on Nintendo’s 8th gen until mid-2013… depressing really

  • Jc

    I don’t mind holding out till December for Nintendo TVii. Gives me the opportunity to use my Wii U for plaing only.

  • marioravesto3d

    That as got to come to europe,it’s not a matter of will but when !

    • Nintedward

      It’s a matter of how difficult it is making it for all the European countries that speak different languages.

      This would be good for the UK, but as long as I can use my Wiiu gamepad as a univeral remote, I will remain cool.

    • Superstick

      This isn’t a bother to me on account of the fact that I get my Wii U ON december 25th. Thumbs up if your getting the wii u this christmas but can’t afford or have to wait to get it just like me! 😀

      • What?

        And…. I’m getting mine Nov. 18th. (Tomorrow.)


        • 343 H4K0R

          It’s the 16th you dumb shit.

          • Suiadan

            Dude, there are these magical areas called time zones. So stop trying to troll “What?”.

  • Rage quit

    Crap just great I though it would be on the console when we all get it ugh it is a freaking app on the wiiu come on for crying out loud ugh just what we need something forums to wait another month

  • t,d,yi

    Who cares? Anyways…. Happy Birthday Shigeru Miyamoto

    • HyrulianUtopia

      It’s true, I feel like such a jerk for forgetting…

  • NintendoMan :D

    December’s in 2 weeks so I think I can wait.

  • Zeldatrek

    What I want to know is how dose it work with cable?

  • TheCruzKing

    I want to know which network providers are going to work with the Wii U.

    • NintendoMan :D

      Nobody will ever know…………………..until December.

  • Mike Fraser

    I hope Canada is included. Last thing I read that they will have it rolled out in US and Canada using all cable companies, now it just says US. I hope it’s still going to be working for Canada

    • eli

      meh it should or just get delayed

  • Nintendo Power (Wii U FTW)

    Well at least we have the games to enjoy

  • Linskarmo

    I’ll probably not use this. I’ll be too busy playing games. But it looks wonderful!

  • immallama22

    Why the hell was this on my local news!? >.< Making seem like it's such a huge deal…

  • Raif

    Whats up with everyone saying kids are spoilt if they get this one thing?
    I got a Wii for Xmas when i was 16 and I am not spoiled. I work my own way and pay for everything I own…now.
    Im 21. Big difference there.
    As long as you work hard for what comes to you, such as doing good in school, being kind and nice and not fapping around your parents have every right to reward on A GIFT GIVING HOLIDAY..

  • Johnny Star

    Does anyone know if DirecTV will be supported on the Wii U?

  • Manuel

    The Nintendo site states (as of today) that Nintendo Tvii will be available at launch.

    • Manuel

      Scratch that. It goes on to specify “availabele in December”

  • verymetal

    Watching TV on the bowl here I come!