Nintendo Wii U likely to get more extensive app store

Nintendo has been slower to embrace downloadable games and other content for its game consoles compared to Microsoft and Sony. However, a new rumor claims that Nintendo's next major console, the Wii U, will have an app store that will offer much more content. The Daily reports via unnamed sources that the Wii U's app store, which is still officially unnamed, will have a wider variety of apps to download.

While details are scarce, we can speculate that the Wii U's app store will feature more video-based apps than the current Wii. At the moment, only Netflix is available for the Wii in the US while the BBC's iPlayer is available in the UK.

Sony's Playstation 3 has a number of video features, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and its own video download store. Microsoft has recently been adding a ton of video apps for the Xbox 360, including a recent update when it added items like UFC and Dailymotion. The Wii also has a web browser, based on Opera, and a few other small apps that offer information like weather and news. At the moment, Nintendo has yet to reveal if there will also be a web browser for the Wii U.

The Daily also says that some of the apps for the Wii U will be able to be used outside of the console itself. That likely means that the Wii U's 6.2 inch tablet-like touch screen controller will be able to run apps downloaded via the Wii U as well.

Currently, Nintendo uses a points system to purchase games and apps for the Wii, similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. It's currently unknown if Nintendo will stick with the points system for downloading games and other apps for the Wii U.

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Lose the stupid ass points system already. We all understand the concept of money. That goes for you to Microsoft!

VRam said,
Lose the stupid ass points system already. We all understand the concept of money. That goes for you to Microsoft!

then they cant over charge certain regions for the same stuff! oh wait thats what Microsoft did...

VRam said,
Lose the stupid ass points system already. We all understand the concept of money. That goes for you to Microsoft!

Trust me, they don't care if the stuff they use is made up. *cough*"Screw bytes, let's go with blocks!"*cough*

MASTER260 said,

Trust me, they don't care if the stuff they use is made up. *cough*"Screw bytes, let's go with blocks!"*cough*

Agreed, too many companies are already doing this. Turbine Points, Cryptic Points, plenty of others. What I find really ridiculous is when the charge $1 American for 100 points and then €1 for the same 100 points, regardless of exchange rates.

swattz101 said,

Agreed, too many companies are already doing this. Turbine Points, Cryptic Points, plenty of others. What I find really ridiculous is when the charge $1 American for 100 points and then €1 for the same 100 points, regardless of exchange rates.

That's why they do it, so they can swindle international customers. It's the same story here in the UK: 100 Wii Points = £1, which is $1.55 in America, and €1.20 in Europe.

The Daily also says that some of the apps for the Wii U will be able to be used outside of the console itself. That likely means that the Wii U's 6.2 inch tablet-like touch screen controller will be able to run apps downloaded via the Wii U as well.

Most probably, but with the console still turned on - as ultimately the tablet-like controller is just a "dumb slave", and not a proper tablet capable of processing general tasks. Still, I like the way consoles are more and more becoming entertainment centres rather than just games consoles.

...though I suppose the WiiU still won't be able to play BluRays, assuming Nintendo will just use their own slightly modified disk formats as per usual.

I have been loyal to Nintendo, but still not sure about this next console. It just seems like they are always a step behind. If it wasn't for Mario games, I would have left Nintendo already (and I bet there are many that is the only reason they use the Wii)

Well first off, I'll believe it when I see it. Secondly, I hope they don't name it something stupid like Nintendo App store. I know it's just what the media is using now, but makeup your own unique name like Xbox Live or PSN. Maybe Nintendo Universe or whatever, idk.

macrosslover said,
Well first off, I'll believe it when I see it. Secondly, I hope they don't name it something stupid like Nintendo App store. I know it's just what the media is using now, but makeup your own unique name like Xbox Live or PSN. Maybe Nintendo Universe or whatever, idk.

Xbox Live and PSN are the names of their online networks, not their "App Stores".

The Wii channels so far is very sucky, I feel like something BIG is missing. I thought maybe I do not have 6 free things to download (Wii Vote, etc) due to my country setting. Changed to USA, no change. There is so much that the channels feature can achieve, like a Wii Facebook, a Wii MMO (casual and free), a ton of massively online player. The Mii's need to be updated to something cooler, the entire NES, SNES, n64 and Gamecube catalog should be released on the Wii U

I want to have the option to play games with 32+ players, without the friendship code BS. Like a WWE Royal Rumble !!

Wii U will need to have online events, like MMOs (ie: Perfect World, etc)
And Wii U should have a MASSIVE library of kick ass games from 1st party and 3rd party publishers

I would have enjoyed seeing some freakin' WebOS on this new machine. I think the pairing would work out really well in terms of the style, menus, development, etc.

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