Nintendo TVii launching in December

Mario maker bringing free video application to Wii U next month.

The Wii U's free video service, TVii, will not be available when the system launches this weekend in North America. Nintendo announced today that the application will be activated sometime in December.

Nintendo TVii was announced in September at a special Wii U event in New York City. The application allows users to search, watch, and interact with a range of television shows, movies, and sporting events.

The service works with cable and satellite providers, as well as streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. Players must hold a subscription to these services to use Nintendo TVii, but no additional fees or equipment are required.

TVii viewers can use the GamePad to interact with others through commenting on specific live television moments and sharing those comments with others through Miiverse, Facebook, and Twitter.

The Wii U is due out in North America on November 18 beginning at $300 for an 8GB basic model and scaling to $350 for the 32GB deluxe version that includes a copy of Nintendo Land.

The first high-definition system from Nintendo will launch with dozens of titles, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Just Dance 4, and Assassin's Creed III.

The Wii U comes to Europe and Australia on November 30, with a launch in Japan rounding out the bunch on December 8.

Nintendo will hold a special Wii U launch event in New York City Saturday, November 17. GameSpot will be in attendance. Check back later for a photo feature documenting the event.

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GH05T-666
GH05T-666

will this be a movie rental service?

free to air tv or subscription tv service?

or just game trailers and news updates video service?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

after seeing an ad with zombie u runing i want a wii u i will wait till after they are done pretending its a sell out though because we all know they have to do that trick every time a console is released. hold them back at the warehouse make out its a complete sell out and they are unable to meet the demand yawn

Brokazaki
Brokazaki

Stop calling Nintendo "Mario Maker", once or twice is okay but it's getting stale. 

DEagle267
DEagle267

Can't think of an original name? Just stick a couple i's and/or a u on the end and you're good to go O.o

ShaneJoshua80
ShaneJoshua80

You know what I like it and would use it if i got the console. I love Nintendo and it's a shame theydo this wierd thing of releasing consoles that will not compete with the others as this will lag behind the PS4 & Xbox 720. For me this isn't an issue but maybe Nintendo need to push the fact that good gameplay is good gameplay. I know some people will look at the Wii U and be like 'Meh it's not as powerful as' or 'It's too kiddy'. Love the gamepad and this feature is cool especially if you have a wife like mine that hogs the TV.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Nintendo TVii? Just stop already. We are not 8 years old.

Cheddarchet
Cheddarchet

This actually seems like it'll be pretty nice. I particular like the idea of being able to talk to others on the gamepad while watching something together. Won't get in the way of the screen, but you can still see them if you'd like (assuming I'm understanding that correctly, that is).

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Well, I guess there is a good reason behind this. I'd rather see it get delayed and improved rather than get rushed out in a buggy state.

tgwolf
tgwolf

...Wow, what a useless gesture. Don't they know that TV is trash anymore?Seriously....

Savior4Life
Savior4Life

Just noticed that the Wii U launches in Japan last..... What's up with that....?

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Comments sections are interesting, people come in to tell you that they won't use blah blah blah, that's all well and good but seriously if you weren't going to use it, why tell us?  If you questioned why such things were included then that is a different story, as you can see it's just to capitalize on the failings of cable providers and their bloated prices for cable service that is loaded to the gills with commercials and useless content. Grab yourself broadband connection and couple of cheaper streaming services and you are pretty much set, leave everything to your console, too bad it doesn't have Blu Ray playback but that would only add stress to the game drive. Nintendo are doing us a favor and applying even more pressure to MS to have a free version of Live because these jerks are robbing us for things that everyone else gets for free.

Kick in the head you have to pay for Live just to use Netflix on my 360? While other folks think Hulu is awesome, I find it appalling that I have to pay for a service and still get greeted with bloody commercials during my show, what the hell am I paying for again? Broadcast TV commercials pay the bils, but on Hulu what are we paying for exactly if we get the same commercials as broadcast tv? I'm just confused about Hulu, but I do have Netflix and it does what I want it to, but I also have cable so I get loads of tv, but I use Netflix for movies that I didn't know existed.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Things roll out slowly, that's how it is.

Flint247
Flint247

Looks like a cool feature. The Wii U is going to be great when it comes out. :)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

Nooo, I was hoping to have access to it right away T_T

Kane04
Kane04

People are really hyped about this, sure it will be even bigger than the Wii, but all I see is a handheld way way too big to be a handheld and way to small to be home console.. Really who's gonna carry that around?

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

Hope this is coming to canada at the same time as the states unlike netflix and psn's video service which came to canada much longer after they started in the states.

PetJel
PetJel

driving to the storeii in my carii to get some drinksii and then watch some tvii

zoeyleft
zoeyleft

oh man, nintendo. we get it. stop these "ii" stuff. tvii. come on. stop it.

EPaul
EPaul

This is very interesting glad to see Nintendo finally keeping up with the times

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

This is pointless.. I don't watch Tv have not for many years and will never again. I loved it when game consoles simply played games ..oh does days where so great. Cant even call these machines game systems anymore.. whats next? will it sleep with you.. oh snap wait yeah I would love that haha oh yeah... carry on ^^ make them do everything even cook our food please! ah yes I cant wait I am actually exited now haha YES!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Eh, watching TV on a console is something I can live without. Like having DVD Playability on a console (which I don't even use on my PS2).

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @Savior4Life thats what i thought too.. its made in china and shipped from there and yet Japan gets it last, Australia gets it on the 30th of nov and its already out in USA?!

i dont understand it, i though Japan always got it first. I think it might be more so developed by Nintendo America or something?

does anyone know why its last for Japan?

armodillo17
armodillo17

 @Savior4Life I've wondered that too. You'd think their home country would get first dibs. Since they are releasing it here to get it out just before Black Friday, maybe there is a similar shopping reason in Japan for that date.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

 @SavageEvil You had me until your opinion of Hulu. No, I get your point; It's kind of crazy to pay to watch network shows. But I can watch show "XYZ" at 3am on Saturday if I want, even when it originally airs on Thursdays at 7pm. Unless I have a DVR, the only other way to watch it when I want to is 6 months later after it hits DVD or BR. $8 a month is a small price to pay to either catch up on favorite shows, or find new ones I never would have watched.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

 @abHS4L88 they are probably waiting till the Wii U is available in all regions we don't get it in the UK for example till November 30th

msfan1289
msfan1289

 @Kane04 i went to gamestop, they had a WiiU you can play, and all i thought was "what a stupid POS"

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

 @Kane04 its not as large as it appears, Ive played a couple games on it at displays before

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

 @HonorOfGod I agree, game systems today are like this:

You can connect with the internet, watch and download movies, listen to musics, see pictures... ohhh and it can also play games.

SeiferDINC
SeiferDINC

 @nintendoboy16 You might be able to live without it because mommy and daddy pay for your cable bill, but I don't have that luxury. I refuse to pay $80 to watch television each month when I can pay less then $20 for subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu. Even better still, I can take advantage of these two programs on my PS3, or any other console, in HD at no additional cost. May not be useful for you, but it has incredible value to me.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @MajinSquall 

I suppose so, but I don't see why they have to wait since each region will have it differently due to different providers in each country.

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

 @SeiferDINC I cut out DirecTV for the same reason and picked up Netflix and Hulu instead.  The Wii U having this feature is great news to me.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

 @SeiferDINC  @nintendoboy16 You do know you can watch netflix on the very same computer you use to type that comment right? ... and people have opinions of their own if you have a problem with that go hide under a rock or something we don't need to fallow the beat of your drum Nintendoboy16 simply stated a personal opinion which we all have every right to have.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

 @SeiferDINC Then that's your personal affair. I never said TV on a console was a bad thing that should be gone. Just something not for me. Way to act like my opinion was the end all comment. It's not.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

 @SeiferDINC  @HonorOfGod I fear I'll never understand the "anti-entertainment apps" argument. If people are THAT opposed to Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. - here's a novel idea...don't use them! Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony just want their respective consoles to be your all-in-one entertainment hub, what's the big deal?

SeiferDINC
SeiferDINC

 @HonorOfGod  And I'm fully aware I can do that. But you may not be aware that my PC and TV are in very separate rooms, and thus it would be an incredible hassle to connect in order to use together conveniently. Thus, I have the convenience of connecting these services to my television with the use of my home consoles which are placed at my television. Don't be dense.