Last month, Nintendo surprised everyone by announcing a built-in media app for the Wii U called Nintendo TVii. The new app/service allows users to browse shows, movies, and more, and watch them on their TV via the Wii U. They can also control their DVRs, and Nintendo even partnered up with several cable providers for the service.
Now Nintendo reveals that the company is considering Nintendo TVii for Europe and Japan. It all depends on third party providers such as cable networks and video on demand services, says Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata. He added that the company plans to “share more details in the future” about Nintendo TVii in other regions.
So far Nintendo TVii is only announced for North American Wii U owners. The service will be free to use, but individual subscriptions will be required for services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others. You can check out some screenshots of the service here.
Getting a service like this off the ground usually takes time, because the cable and third party providers must be on board first. Hopefully Nintendo can strike some deals with European and Japanese providers and bring the new Wii U service to those regions.