More Wii U details revealed, including Nintendo TVii

Earlier today, Nintendo revealed that the launch date for the two versions of its new Wii U game console will be on November 18th. Nintendo had a number of other related announcements to make for its next generation console, including more details of what the company is now calling Nintendo TVii.

A video on Nintendo's YouTube page shows TVii in action. The Wii U's touch screen GamePad basically serves as a remote controller for people to access streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video, or they can control and check out live TV as well. If you have a TiVo-made DVR, the Wii U can access programs stored on its hard drive.

In addition, TVii will give users recommendations for other TV shows that the user might want to watch. Twitter and Facebook support will also be included for people to message their friends while they are watching shows.

Nintendo also showed a list of the 50 or so games that will be in the Wii U's launch window (between November 18th and March 2013). They include Nintendo first party titles such as New Super Mario Bros. Wii U and Pikmin 3 and high end third party games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Endadget also reports that the Wii U's storage can be expanded via the console's USB port. Nintendo America CEO and president Reggie Fils-Aime is quoted as saying, "You can plug in a full-on three terabyte hard drive if you want. I'll love you as a digital consumer."

Source: Nintendo Wii U page

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looks like they saw some competition from xbox smart glass so they countered! BAM! although i like smart glass better since I don't need a clunky plasticy controller to use it

jasonon said,
looks like they saw some competition from xbox smart glass so they countered! BAM! although i like smart glass better since I don't need a clunky plasticy controller to use it

Umm well all first had hands on with the Wii U gamepad even in 2011 says it is not a clunky pieace of plastic that is a very high quality build to it

and Smart glass requiers you to have a Tablet and or otehr such device and Xbox live premium to use the stuff for the most part and well it has basic game play uses for the first version

the Wii u was designed from the ground up with all this in mind and the fact Microsoft decided after the Wii U showing @ E3 2011 they was gonna research a 2nd screen liek system and well Developers were thrilled when MS asked them what they though of having a 2nd screen for stuff and they was so happy cause they are following nintendo just gaming like stuff is very limited

So to cap it off here Smart glass is very limted more so then the Wii U because if someone gets a 360 or has one they need a Tablet or so to use it with the Wii U it comes with a GP with every Wii U system so no need to pay extra for anything else

I like the feature but the commercial was poorly made, you can clearly tell they guy has nothing on the screen infront of him. It either does an action the microsecond he touches it or it lags behind. Sometimes he is dragging his finger way up the screen and there is only a small scrolling action that doesn't measure up with the length he dragged his finger.

Gaffney said,
I like the feature but the commercial was poorly made, you can clearly tell they guy has nothing on the screen infront of him. It either does an action the microsecond he touches it or it lags behind. Sometimes he is dragging his finger way up the screen and there is only a small scrolling action that doesn't measure up with the length he dragged his finger.

I agree, but the scrolling looks very laggy - if the screen was added in post-production, why not show smooth-as-butter scrolling?

Gaffney said,
I like the feature but the commercial was poorly made, you can clearly tell they guy has nothing on the screen infront of him. It either does an action the microsecond he touches it or it lags behind. Sometimes he is dragging his finger way up the screen and there is only a small scrolling action that doesn't measure up with the length he dragged his finger.


well if you watch the demonstration of it o in the Wii U press video they did yesterday it is really freaking smooth so yea some issue in post production

Bern@rd said,
Okay, so it's Nintendo Smartglass. Big deal.

Incorrect. It's the Wii U GamePad. After all, it's integrated into the console, not some project that will be aborted before the end of the console's life.

Bern@rd said,
Okay, so it's Nintendo Smartglass. Big deal.



Nintedo showed off the Wii U gamepad and Wii U back @ E3 2011 Microsft started working on Project smart glass a day after nintendo had ther conference on the Wii U then and this is deeply tied to the system and does far more then MS project smart glass

I honestly wasn't expecting them to price the system so high, but now that they have announced the price, I personally think one would be foolish to not get the $350 bundle. I think the amount of storage built-in to the 32 gig version is enough, even if Nintendo allows you to install games to the flash memory i'm assuming.

I don't see anything about if the system will have N wireless or what. Overall, I think what they are offering is fair, but if MS or Sony does a price cut on their own systems, I couldn't justify getting a Wii U over the more mature systems. Nintendo is really going to have to show people why they need to pay a premium for the gamepad over the other systems.

On a side note, if only Nintendo still had Gamecube support in their systems, I would prefer to get this as my "ultimate" Nintendo system as opposed to getting a used gamecube.

I personally believe this makes up for the lack of a Blu-Ray/DVD playback. Personally, I rarely watch Blu-Ray films anyway. Streaming services are much more convenient and competitive in this regard.

And if I do want to watch a Blu-Ray, I have at least three devices in my house that can play them back: PS3, computer, and a traditional Blu-Ray player. Let's not count how many devices can play DVDs...

Veiva said,
I personally believe this makes up for the lack of a Blu-Ray/DVD playback. Personally, I rarely watch Blu-Ray films anyway. Streaming services are much more convenient and competitive in this regard.

And if I do want to watch a Blu-Ray, I have at least three devices in my house that can play them back: PS3, computer, and a traditional Blu-Ray player. Let's not count how many devices can play DVDs...

They may be more "convenient and competitive", but they are not a patch on Blu-Ray when it comes to quality. Also relying on usage capped broadband connections which alot of the world has is problematic.

TCLN Ryster said,

They may be more "convenient and competitive", but they are not a patch on Blu-Ray when it comes to quality. Also relying on usage capped broadband connections which alot of the world has is problematic.

Yes, I understand that. But again, I already have three Blu-Ray capable devices and tons more DVD ones. What's the point in adding another one? What's it going to add besides extra costs for most consumers? This is the point I don't get. Most people who would buy a Wii U assuredly have some sort of Blu-Ray/DVD playback in the form of a traditional player, another game console, or even a computer, I'm sure...

Veiva said,

Yes, I understand that. But again, I already have three Blu-Ray capable devices and tons more DVD ones. What's the point in adding another one? What's it going to add besides extra costs for most consumers? This is the point I don't get. Most people who would buy a Wii U assuredly have some sort of Blu-Ray/DVD playback in the form of a traditional player, another game console, or even a computer, I'm sure...

I think you assume too much. Nintendo has pretty much always rided by on the low end of the market, where mass consumers are. So the system most affordable to even the poorest will be Nintendo's. If that's true, then it's not likely they purchase other systems, computers, or players with BluRay built in.

I have no problems with no BluRay, but I think claiming that having a Wii means you have money to buy other electronics doesn't really go far.