One of the new features that the Wii U will offer that we told you about briefly yesterday is Nintendo TVii. Although we aren’t quite sure why they didn’t go ahead and call it WiiU TV, it still seems like an impressive way for users to keep all of their subscriptions to packages like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon in order. At least it will be if you live in the US and Canada, as they are the only countries confirmed so far to receive the service.
The app works through the GamePad and allows users to set different profiles for the various people who may be using the Wii U in the house. You can set up each one with various different subscriptions packages and favorite series etc, and then keep them all together in one easy to use application. As well as then allowing the users to search for movies or TV across the various subscriptions, it then allows you to use the GamePad as a remote control for both the video controls and your TV itself.
In addition to keeping together your video subscriptions, TVii will also allow you to follow various sports, with scores and other data like player positions etc being displayed on the GamePad no matter what you are watching on the main TV screen. In a similar way to how the XBOX SmartGlass tech works, you can also use the GamePad for extra information when you are actually watching a game on your main TV. Nintendo has warned though that not all of these features will be available at launch, although they have confirmed the app will be free.
One more thing, all of this is compatible with social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, so you can share what you’re watching with friends and make recommendations. This all seems very tech-savvy for Nintendo who are traditionally a company who have taken a ‘wait and see’ attitude to digital distribution and social media, hopefully it is the first of many impressive steps forward from them. Now just announce it for Europe, Nintendo!