Sep 15th, 2012

The newest Wii U feature is a complete entertainment hub called Nintendo TVii. It allows users to browse TV shows, series, movies, and more, and watch them with one of the available providers. So far it supports Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. While Nintendo TVii is free to use, players will need to subscribe to the individual providers before they can watch shows. The service will be pre-loaded into every Wii U and will be free to use.

Nintendo TVii will also support TiVo, where users can set their DVR to record shows and browse what’s already there. Nintendo has confirmed that all major TV networks in the US are on board. Nintendo TVii will only be available in North America for now. Check out the first screenshots of the service, showing how the GamePad will provide a second screen experience for the user. There’s also a trailer further down.

Nintendo TVii screenshots


So, what are your thoughts on the new Nintendo TVii? Are you gonna use it? Let us know!

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  • NintendGO

    that great but what store is still selling the deluxe wii u

    • Nintendonoob

      every store dude… Your lucky if it isnt sold out though

    • Mamuta

      Toys R us if you’re lucky.

    • Britton

      I had to preorder at Toys’R’Us because GameStop and BestBuy were a no go. Good luck!

    • AKA-Link77

      This is a cool feature but right now all i got is Netflix. . . which im actually borrowing. I guess Nin will add some more providers soon.

    • Grodus

      Toy ‘R Us. If you’re lucky, they’ll still have it.

  • Yamiryuu Zero

    I don’t live in USA, can’t use that. And even if I could, unless I can watch animes in Japanese, I don’t have any interest. It’s a cool feature, but I don’t even watch my cable TV anymore because I’m tired of western programs.

    • theyseemetrollin

      wow, someone is a super weeaboo

      • Yamiryuu Zero

        I’ve been studying Japanese for more than 5 years, researched about Japanese culture, also trying to learn Latin for fun and thinking about the next language I’m going to start. I research about other countries’ cultures, and I think a lot of them have an interesting history that could make the TV be good if explored correctly (of course, with Japanese being my favorite culture between all I’ve researched about so far). And yes, I’m an otaku and don’t deny it.
        My only complain is that every single program we have is based on USA programs or is only about American English (we don’t have any mentions about England’s English aside from Doctor Who in Brasil). I’m tired of everything being dependent on USA and how the media uses it to manipulate people into being xenophobics that can’t anything besides the United States of America! The world is composed of more than one single country, but USA seems to refuse believing that regarding the media!

        • Me


        • relo999

          I’m the same with you on that, but the only anime I can stand is Lupin the third. I’m more of a scifi guy, which are often more varied in country of origin.

        • miageekid3

          they still alot from everywhere and many from the uk bastardise it into there own, my friends from th other side of the world thinks alot of stuff was created in the us first, shame there wrong. for instance, the office, red dwarf, pop idol, big brother, britains got talent, who want to be a millionaire. doesnt stop there, music in general- the beatles (they actually sent spies to spy on there production methods can u beleive that) countless music genres ie dubstep, the sas, royal marine commandos and so on. watch the british stuff, on yer wii u. our news is much better than theres. fox LOL

        • Colton

          lolz because anime isn’t horribly flawed as well.

    • Nintendo Power

      Japanese anime? I love those. But you know what I find really annoying, it’s always an anime girl with purple or red hair. PS favorite anime game. Time Hollow

    • Madmagican

      Wait, where do you live that you can actually find a western on TV?

  • Macarony64

    Hope i dont need cable providers

    • Kahhhhyle

      You sure do lol

      • Macarony64

        Some channels have wep tv for free hope is like that i dont mind if they include comercials

  • phrog

    I’m not a fan of watching TV, the concept sounds very interesting. I may try it out.

  • Dazz

    Well i love that,but the avatver they need to work on the near further.

  • Nintendo Power of Canada

    Well this is useful. I want to watch like Family Guy with this TVii

  • Britton

    I think it will be awesome. I will definitely use it for Netflix and Live TV. I still am not sure on one thing. I understand that WiiU works WITH your TiVo… but can you use it AS a DVR? Can you record shows from live TV?

    • frank

      No it can’t. It can pretty much be used to control the dvr, such as setting recording times, but the wii u can’t actually function as a dvr by itself.

      Heck, it can’t even play dvds.

    • TheImaj

      Man I hope so.. When I first heard of Nintendo TVii I thought this is what it did. Here’s to hoping!

  • Nintendude

    This feature may actually make me watch TV for once.

  • James

    I don’t have cable but would love to watch Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video through TVii.

  • revolution5268

    oh man this is sweet, what can this console can’t do?

    • Wils81

      Play DVDs (or BD) and have a large hard-drive, but for a good reason:
      -to reduce cost
      -decrease the chance of having the Wii U breakdown/overheat
      -faster disc speeds

      • zuxs

        In a way it does play blurays or dvds. It has an IR remote built-in to the pad so you can control your existing bluray player. 😉

      • Christopher

        Actually the disc speed is on par with Blu-rays.

        Also, why bother adding a blu-ray player to the Wii U when you can get a Blu-ray player for almost dirty cheap.

  • Kahhhhyle

    Kinda lame if you ask me. I’m sure some people will get some use out of it… Not me though haha

    • zuxs

      Not sure what’s lame about it? And its free to the system so you don’t have to use it…

      • Kahhhhyle

        Its lame cause it doesn’t really add anything imo if other people like it then by all means enjoy. But you still need cable netflix ect. So it really isn’t free all it does is aggregate your television options, if it took the place of cable/netflix or functioned as a dvr then it would be cool. But all it does is tell other boxes you need to pay for what to do. The eh whatever enjoy it if you can use it dude

  • TheImaj

    There are several types of DVR’s out there. Will it only work with TiVo? Guess I’ll find out soon!

    • zuxs

      It works will all US major cable providers and their dvrs.

  • Castamere

    They need to add HBO GO to Nintendo TVii.

  • SteampunkJedi

    I’m guessing that TVii is a mix of TV and Mii. TV’s never been too big on me. I might try it out though.

  • Kevin White

    I hate to be a debbie downer, but I’m quite happy with my FIOS, my remote control, and my Motorola DVR. My TV already does streaming. The Wii U can’t be used as a DVR. And it now seems apparent you can’t watch streamed shows on the Gamepad, only on the TV connected to your Wii U. So honestly I have lost interest in this feature.

    • zuxs

      It controllers your fios dvr so there’s no need for it to be a dvr. It runs all those apps (hulu, amazon, Netflix) an your dvr plus live TV and your bluray player etc all in one controller. Your remote can’t do that.

      • Kevin White

        I have not seen anything saying it will work with Motorola DVRs. My TV does a few streaming services already (but I almost never use them, although I have used FIOS On Demand a couple times). I suppose it could be a better remote control than my 4-in-1. But the fact remains it can’t display content on the 854×480 Gamepad screen, only the menus and access and bits like sports stats.

        I’m not down on the machine because of this (although I am worried that the 720 will include vastly faster processing, 4 GB RAM, DX11, that room projector, and Oculus Rift support putting it way beyond the Wii U just one year from now and eliminating third party support for the Wii U), I’m just saying it’s likely one of those things that won’t add any value for me.

  • Super sonico and hatsune miku

    Nin10doh yeah!!! Now we can play another Mario zelda or smash game again

  • zuxs

    I have a Sony tablet and it does many of these things because it has an IR blaster and built-in remote function. But I need to open up separate apps to do most of them. The TiVo I have access hulu amazon netflix and YouTube and I can do that from the TiVo app, but this looks a lot slicker and easier. Plus I love the suggestion function as well that’s pretty neat. Ill have to see more of the sports app to see how great thatwill be. All in all this is a great free feature and a welcomed one.

  • TheUNation

    Nintendo is truly innovating the way we look at not only video games, but also for entertainment. Nintendo TVii is truly a win and an awesome addition to the Wii U video game/social/entertainment console. And the best part of NTVii… you don’t have to pay a single penny on either Wii U Basic or Deluxe. I am completely sold for that. Video games, social networking, and watching movies (especially on Netflix and Amazon Video) and TV shows (that includes Hulu Plus) on Nintendo TVii. On November 18th, the Wii U will become one of the best game systems in the history of the human race.

    • Britton

      Well said. 🙂

    • Crapcake

      wait for the ninth or tenth generation, and nintendo will release something even better

  • wiiupoo

    sounds very interesting. i can see why people would use this.


    But I don’t have Netflix or Hulu.

  • Adix22

    Yay, in EU. I can order WiiU deluxe but it cost 500$ … and i want buy one with ZombiU.

  • GirlGamer

    mama mia

  • Lazara The Last

    Looks awesome, hope they bring it to europe!

  • Grodus

    Man, hope it works with my (not major) DVR.

  • CaptainIcy

    Roll Tide. 😀

  • koopa killer

    I will definately use this it looks convenient.