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TVii Application Won't Be Available On Wii U Launch

Posted by Andy Green

Will arrive in December

Last week we discovered that the Wii U will need to be updated with a patch on day-one of launch to enable you to use features such as Miiverse, Wii U Chat and the eShop.

North America was also told that TVii, the service that allows users to navigate through their online video subscriptions more easily, will also be available on day-one by downloading an update – however it has now been revealed that this is not the case as the patch is being pushed back to December.

It’s the same for the other video content apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Although we know TVii will be available at some point in December, Nintendo are being more sketchy with their individual release dates simply saying they will arrive “in the coming weeks”.

Rest assured that it is only the multimedia applications that won’t be available so features such as Miiverse, Wii U Chat, eShop and Wii backward compatibility will all be available from the get-go by downloading the available patch.

Will you be disappointed not to see TVii available on day of launch?


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Auracle said:

This doesn't bother me at all. If they need some extra time to polish things up, then that's fine by me.



bezerker99 said:

What happened to Shiggy saying Nintendo had learned from the mistakes of the 3DS launch and promised that Wii U would be 100% fully functional out the box?



ei8htbit said:

Sheer joy at the prospect of finally having the Wii U in a matter of days has blinded me from being upset over something like this - or anything in general. I probably wouldn't have tried TVii out for a couple weeks anyway after tearing into a few of the launch games.



ei8htbit said:

When Reggie said the "Launch Window" would last until March 31, he actually meant to say the "Launch Day" functionality window would be until March 31



Sir_Deadly said:

I will be using my console for games and maybe for social and internet too! The Tvii application can wait!



aaronsullivan said:

I'm really looking forward to the TVii feature and I want Nintendo to take the time to get it right, BUT I think it is missing a big opportunity by not having it out before Thanksgiving when families come together and get their first look at it.

For the wider public, I still think this is going to be a system seller. (That, and the ability to play some games on the GamePad only.)

For me personally? We won't be digging into this until Christmas. Gotta have it be the big gift that will blow my kids' minds. I just hope I can get my hands on one this weekend and take the stress away.



aaronsullivan said:

One more thing on the TVii:
If people start using it for all their TV interactivity, just think of the precedence that gives it in multi-console homes. You always sit down and reach for Nintendo's GamePad first when you sit down.



ShadJV said:

TVii wasn't a selling feature for me but this does concern me. I mean, a week ago they listed it as a feature available in the day one update. If in less than a week that could change... well, I just hope that this is the only bump, If so, I'm not too bothered.



aaronsullivan said:

Not much room for more bumps with only two days to go.

Still, better to be careful than release a buggy piece of software that might dominate the news on day one.



SkywardLink98 said:

D: I wasn't planning on getting the Wii U this year, but the TVii service made it tempting. Well, I guess I won't be getting the Wii U at launch.



PinkSpider said:

Not really a big deal is it its coming soon enough, i doubt ill use it as ill be playing to many games



Handy_Man said:

I still don't understand what TVii really is, and quite frankly, I don't care about it. So this won't affect me in any way.



brooks83 said:

I love Nintendo, and plan to get a Wii U, but Nintendo really botched this launch.



Hokori said:

@Tsuchiya Exactly, I'll be honest I have 1000 wishes for what Nintendo could do to be amazing, but I'm not going to get mad because they arnt doing exactly what I want, I wanted a YouTube app for wii, now it's out so I can cross that one off the list, besides waiting for some of this is actually fun



Void said:

I will probably use TVii like... Never, so this won't hurt me.



Redeye1904 said:

I predict the Wii U being delayed until Xmas here in the US from an anouncement later tomorrow morning



brooks83 said:

Simply put, Nintendo sold me on the Wii almost instantly. They have not sold me on the Wii U. We are two days from launch and there are still many details we don't know. In some ways I can see how trickling out details can build excitement, but waiting a week before launch before revealing critical details about the online service? I don't see that as a good thing. So, yes, I would say they botched this launch by poorly communicating information about the console.



brooks83 said:

After E3 this year I was really excited about it, and almost reserved one then. With the drought of new information, that excitement wore off, and I know I'm not alone in thinking that. If I was rich I would probably still get one at launch, but I can only afford one new console at the moment and I just don't see much of a reason to put down $350 (plus external storage) on a Wii U right now.



Auracle said:

Man, it hasn't even launched and people are already saying that Nintendo has screwed it up. Wow. Just, wow.



Redeye1904 said:

@true hero- lol! We were lied to. We were swindled. Hopes high for something, now hopes low. But still excited.



TheDreamingHawk said:

Don't care about TVII or youtube since I can just transfer youtube over from my wii.

As long as the Eshop and wii transfer are available on day one, I'll be fine.



Sun said:

Nothing will make it for the launch! Wii U can wait for me until 2013. In between I think it is a great idea to release it before Christmas time, let's see how often it becomes the big present.



Emaan said:

Should have been there day 1, but it doesn't really effect me. As I didn't plan on using Nintendo TVii much anyways.



XCWarrior said:

Didn't think I would be, but yeah, I am. More I saw about TV app, actually wanted it.



Firejonie said:

Meh, I'll be occupied with so many other things. I can just watch tv on my actual tv.



Squiggle55 said:

That really sucks. We get all of our TV through Netflix and Hulu. Nintendo TVii is actually a seemingly simple feature that I was looking forward to taking advantage of right away. Lame.



Gamesake said:

I miss when consoles came all ready for you. Now we get to look forward to periodically updating them from day one. Maybe a PC really is enough?



OorWullie said:

Seriously guys,it says December which means 2-6 weeks at most.Its hardly a deal breaker is it?It isn't the sole reason you are buying the console and even if it was,you aren't being made to wait long for it and I'm sure it will arrive in perfect time for Xmas.What about the rest of us outside the US who have been told only that it "plans on bringing it to other territories at some point"?There is obviously good reason for this delay and besides,its just something extra to look forward to!



theblackdragon said:

@Tsuchiya: I think the one who needs to 'calm down and get a grip' is you... in no way did Gamesake's comment warrant that sort of response. I, too, miss the days when a console was absolutely, positively ready to go at launch.



TingLz said:

Define "complete" consoles. Does a complete console simply have to play games right away or does it really need all this stuff that isn't even related to gaming? Does it have to have a store right away or social features that everyone might not use? Tell me, what is a "complete" console?



Tsuchiya said:

@LZBirdboi Not too far from sell outs here in UK. I know places that have taken down ads for it due to lack of stock and ability to supply pre orders. I got lucky really. I was pretty slack with my pre order, buying mine 2 days ago.



Abcdude said:

Darn. Well, maybe this will take a few MB's off the day 1 update, so it will take less time to get done and get started on our shiny new systems.



brooks83 said:

@LZBirdboi - Of course it's gonna sell out at launch, I can't think of a big console launch since the N64 that hasn't. Even the PS3 sold out at launch and it's first year or two was disastrous. They still could have done a better with the launch, and just because it sells out at launch does not mean it will continue to be a big seller like the original Wii.



Tasuki said:

Its simple really. Nintendo wanted the system out by Black Friday. They dont care if some services arent ready before Christmas since they are thinking that most people won't be playing a Wii U till Christmas.

Its bad planning for the consumer but people have to remember Nintendo just like every company nowadays are in it for the financial gain. Do you know how much money they would lose if the Wii U wasn't launched by Black Friday? Alot more than from angry people because a few apps aren't working by launch.



brooks83 said:

I tell you what, going by launch day pre-orders, you can call the launch a success. I just don't believe Nintendo explained the console well enough to where everyone "gets it" and wants one like they did with the Wii. Yeah, it will sell out. Hardcore Nintendo fans and people that have to have the newest technology right away will get it day one. But did Nintendo do enough to give this system the momentum the Wii had? I don't think so.



Grodus said:

I was only planning to use this app for DVR access from my Wii U anyway, so no.



Ren said:

I'm still hopeful since this is not what it's made for but it is a bad sign. Sure it's a fun HD system but it needs stuff like this to compete and they tried to sell it on that so hard. Why the missing features at launch? it's really bad for press especially at this crucial time near thanksgiving. I'm glad I waited; time to sit back and watch what happens. I understand being excited if you dropped alot of money on this but it seems that many of you must not be playing any other HD systems, I don't see what's to be so giddy about.



brooks83 said:

@GameLord08 - Oookay...that's great. That still doesn't prove the Wii U has the momentum to be as successful as the Wii was. I'm not saying it won't or it can't, just it can't be determined with the launch itself.



keyone said:

I was really looking forward to this feature, bringing together cable and netflix. I hope they get the comcast dvr functions in it.



Skeletor said:

I'm curious if they'll still implement the Tivo functionality that they showed briefly in the video.

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