Nintendo Wii U to lack TVii features for Sunday's launch

Nintendo is preparing to launch its next major game console on Sunday in the US, but two days before its official release, the company has admitted that some of its multimedia features won't be ready in time.

In a press release, Nintendo said that the much hyped TVii feature for the Wii U won't be available until December. Nintendo first announced TVii in September to much fanfare, saying it would turn the console's touch screen GamePad into a TV remote controller and program guide, among other things.

Nintendo has also admitted that streaming video services such as Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video won't be available for the Wii U's launch on Sunday but will be added "in the coming weeks".

The good news is that the Wii U will have 29 games for sale on Sunday, not including downloadable exclusive games. They will include first party games such as New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendoland. Third party titles from other publishers include Ubisoft's ZombiU and Assassin's Creed III as well as a port of Activision's hit first person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

The basic version of the Wii U will be priced at $299 will come with the white console system with 8 GB of memory, the Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter, an HDMI cable, and a sensor bar. The Deluxe version, which comes in Black, will be priced at $349 and will come with 32 GB of memory as well as a free copy of Nintendoland.

Source: Nintendo press release

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I own a PS3 that is collecting dust and an Xbox 360 which I use almost everyday for entertainment purposes rather than games and I can't see what the Wii U brings to the table that the Xbox ecosystem doesn't already have such as SmartGlass, Kinect, Xbox Music & Movies, etc... And I must say that the Wii U is pretty expensive for what it offers.

The Wii did well at first because it was the only platform that had somewhat of an interactive way to play, but as soon as Microsoft introduced the Kinect, it leapfrogged the Wii in that domain. An the PS3 with the Motion Controller, what a Joke Sony.

NocturnalAlloy said,
I own a PS3 that is collecting dust and an Xbox 360 which I use almost everyday for entertainment purposes rather than games and I can't see what the Wii U brings to the table that the Xbox ecosystem doesn't already have such as SmartGlass, Kinect, Xbox Music & Movies, etc... And I must say that the Wii U is pretty expensive for what it offers.

The Wii did well at first because it was the only platform that had somewhat of an interactive way to play, but as soon as Microsoft introduced the Kinect, it leapfrogged the Wii in that domain. An the PS3 with the Motion Controller, what a Joke Sony.

Well Nintendo game franchise exclusives of course. That's about it. If it weren't for the games, almost nobody would be interested in Nintendo's consoles.

Every day I see more and more products being release that aren't finished. Don't release it if it isn't finished, simple.

n_K said,
Every day I see more and more products being release that aren't finished. Don't release it if it isn't finished, simple.

that's not how it works anymore, we are in a perpetual development system now, you put the finished hardware out first, software can be fixed later... Tivo does it, PC mfgs do it, Apple does it, Nintendo, Sony, MS all do it

neufuse said,

that's not how it works anymore, we are in a perpetual development system now, you put the finished hardware out first, software can be fixed later... Tivo does it, PC mfgs do it, Apple does it, Nintendo, Sony, MS all do it


It's awful. If I was paid £500 to make a program that didn't work, I'd never get the £500 payment, but these companies are doing that, and they're getting paid for it! Completely sloppy job, if you buy a product on launch day that is NOT complete you should get it half price until all entitled features are completed.

n_K said,

It's awful. If I was paid £500 to make a program that didn't work, I'd never get the £500 payment, but these companies are doing that, and they're getting paid for it! Completely sloppy job, if you buy a product on launch day that is NOT complete you should get it half price until all entitled features are completed.

It's a games console. All the important game playing features were given priority and finished before launch. Nintendo TVii (which is a downloadable application) was never promised to be on the console at launch, and it isn't, so...

n_K said,
Every day I see more and more products being release that aren't finished. Don't release it if it isn't finished, simple.

It's a feature exclusively for the US.

Why should all the other countries of the world have to wait if the console doesn't support a feature in one particular country? If they only delayed it in the states, people in the US would be complaining that the rest of world got the console before them. Launching without TVii is the only logical solution.

The Wii itself? It had it's swansong in the last year with games like Skyward Sword, Xenoblade, The Last Story, Pandora's Tower, Kirby's Dream Collection and Project Zero 2. There's nothing major on the horizon going forward - Nintendo's own first party efforts have bene focused on ensuring a content rich future for the Wii U and the 3DS instead.

pes2013 said,
BTW, will new games come out for the Wii? Or are they killing it off?

Its just about at its end of life... they just released Epic Mickey 2 (which is a pretty decent game) and Lego: Lord of the Rings (which I will def be playing). I am sure there will be plenty of shovelware released for it but I am sure only a handful of major games will be released

Toying with getting one on the 30th here in the UK, recently won £500 on a scratch card so I put the money aside for the next Xbox but I do like the look of the Wii U and I'm a pretty big Nintendo fan so I might reserve one and keep the rest of the money back for the next Xbox I've seen that TVii isn't quite ready for the UK market but as long as I know it's in the works I'm pretty psyched!

I don't think they've actually announced if TVii is actually coming anywhere outside of America yet - they've only talked about American TV services.

~Johnny said,
I don't think they've actually announced if TVii is actually coming anywhere outside of America yet - they've only talked about American TV services.

You're right, I had read an article on Cnet and had read it as Nintendo being in the final stages of talks with Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc but when I looked back at it it actually said that they were in preliminary talks with content providers about content for a UK/Europe service. Thanks for pointing that out! I'll most likely still get a Wii U however I might wait and see if more details about a UK TVii service emerge.