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Nintendo TVii & The Wii U’s Video Services Delayed to December

While Nintendo's long awaited Wii U console is coming out this Sunday, one of its key features won't making it to launch. Nintendo has announced that Nintendo TVii and some of the console's video services such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu Plus are delayed to some time in December. Despite Miiverse, Nintendo Network, and backwards compability with the Wii are still coming out on launch day via a firmware update, a seperate free update will be released next month to include Nintendo TVii and the video services I just mentioned.

Nintendo TVii is one of the Wii U's more important features especially for the casual crowd where they can go from playing a game to watching TV with the Wii U gamepad. In addition, consumers can still play certain games like New Super Mario Bros. U while watching TV thanks to Nintendo TVii as demonstrated in the video explaining it, Miiverse, and the Nintendo Network. While it won't be much of a worry for the hardcore audience especially if they use the video services on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, it still would of been nice if these still came out on launch day. Perhaps launching it when it is actually ready than releasing it with problems for the sake of being out on the console's first day is what Nintendo had in mind, which is indeed the case.

Once Nintendo TVii does get launched in December, expect our hands-on impressions of how it works then. In the meantime, the Wii U is still coming out this Sunday with a variety of games from both first and third parties. If you're unsure what to get at launch, we have our launch overview up on our Wii U section where we cover the whole lineup.


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