Were you looking forward to hooking up your Wii U to the internet and streaming some movies? Well if so, you’ll have to be a little patient. As reported by Engadget Nintendo TVii will not be a day one feature as was originally reported.
We were under the assumption that Nintendo TVii would be part of a day one patch that added Miiverse, web browsing, and video chat. In a new press release, Nintendo said,
“Nintendo TVii: In December, Nintendo will activate this unique application that will transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports. Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad. Nintendo TVii comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment. It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what they’re watching, as information from a variety of sources is automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports data. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family.”
It seems that the Wii U’s other features are still set for launch day. It’s a bit of a bummer that Nintendo TVii won’t be available out of the box, but hopefully it won’t be too long until we’re streaming with out Gamepads.