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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