True to its words, Nintendo released the much-touted Nintendo TVii today, although some features still remain unavailable. The service attempts to integrate Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and cable all into a seamless experience on Wii U, with the added social aspects of Miiverse, Facebook, and Twitter. To shake things up even more, Nintendo TVii will also implement online information from sources like Wikipedia and IMDb. Color me impressed.
Instead of the usual Iwata Asks, Nintendo gave us a Reggie Asks: Nintendo TVii interview to discuss some of TVii’s capabilities.
Wii was all about motion control, and many critics instantly deemed Wii to be the most revolutionary step for Nintendo and gaming in general. A month ago, the same critics dismissed Wii U’s innovation, calling the Wii U GamePad a follower of the tablet market. But they miss the point because Nintendo’s efforts to explore and expand its boundaries are seriously impressive.
First, Nintendo wooed indie developers and released Little Inferno as a launch title for Wii U to reach out to a new market. Then, Nintendo releases its own “indie” gems Pushmo and Crashmo on 3DS. Furthermore, the company just released two new downloadable packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2 today. Nintendo is more active in its online markets than its ever been thanks to the impressive online capabilities of 3DS and Wii U.
Now, Nintendo TVii is changing the definition of “television”, and in doing so, Nintendo TVii is making Wii U more than just a gaming console. As an avid basketball fan, what will watching NBA on Nintendo TVii be like? I guess I will find out tonight.
Source: Nintendo Life