Nintendo has just announced a brand new media service for the Wii U. Called Nintendo TVii, the new service comes with every Wii U , and offers a TV/DVR-like service for the console. You can browse shows, TV channels, you can set your DVR (TiVo) to record shows, and a lot more. You can browse what’s on the TV, select a show, then select which service you want to use to watch the program. The same goes with movies: players will browse all sorts of movies, and select which movie to watch. Afterwards, a menu will pop up, offering all the sources where the movie is available (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime).
Other features include live-scoreboards for sports, where the GamePad can display additional information such as player stats, plays, and so on. You can also browse your DVR, see what your friends are watching and recommending, and more. The Wii U GamePad also has a built-in remote that can be used with many devices. Nintendo TVii was demoed during the event today, where a show played on the TV, while the tablet controller records thumbnails and takes notes of what’s going on. You can then Tweet and share those pics and notes with your friends.
Nintendo TVii will be included with every Wii U console and will be free of charge. The Wii U will launch on November 18 in the US in two flavors: a $299 bundle and a $349 bundle.