Just a couple weeks ago we talked about Nintendo's Satoru Iwata apologizing for the lack of advertised features that launched with the Wii U. Most users have had to endure a 5GB firmware update upon opening up the box of the new console, which has been a downer for some. Plus, until this week, one of the biggest and most-hyped features, TVii, was unavailable. However, fortunately, Nintendo has been working hard to bring us all the things they promised, and on December 20th they finally delivered us their entertainment app.
TVii, which allows users to enjoy a second-screen experience via their GamePad, plus loads of other entertainment options, was one of the main selling points during their E3 presentation and I'm glad to see it finally hit consoles, as it's nice to see Nintendo come out with their own take on replacing your living room cable box. Plus, all of the sponsored content in TVii has extensive second-screen features, like displaying cast information, sports stats and more. The GamePad is also able to act as a universal remote of sorts, letting users change channels and adjust the volume. Plus, you can choose to either watch shows that are live right now via your satellite or cable provider, or you can quickly switch over to something on Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus. Netflix, while available on the Wii U, will not be included into the TVii side of things until early next year and it should also be noted that those with TiVo will not have any support until 2013 as well.
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo North America's president and COO was excited about TVii finally making its way to the Wii U.
After Dec. 20, you'll never look at your TV the same way again. Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on game play and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience. Welcome to the new world of TVii.
With 400,000 units moved in the first week and retailers struggling to keep them in stock over the holiday season, perhaps this addition will be the insurance marker to convince potential customers to pick up the new console. For those who don't know, TVii is a completely free update for the Wii U and both versions of the console that's for sale are compatible with it. Have you downloaded TVii yet? How are you liking it? Let us know your pleasure or problematic experiences in the comments below.