Upon its arrival, the Crunchyroll Wii U application was a welcome addition to Nintendo’s digital library of offerings. The one setback was the fact users had to sign up to Crunchyroll’s premium service or use the trial period to watch their favourite anime on demand.

As of today, a significant change has been made. The latest update to the Crunchyroll app for Wii U means free users worldwide can now enjoy the same freemium experience offered on other Crunchyroll apps and the Crunchyroll website.

No longer must you lock into the premium Crunchyroll service to watch popular anime shows on the Wii U. Provided you’re cool with standard-definition and a few ads along the way, the free model will let users watch entire seasons of their favourite anime.

Of course, if you would prefer high-definition viewing and no ads, the premium experience is still the way to go. This package also includes simulcasts as soon as they are live. A free trial for the premium service is available via the Wii U application.

Let us know us know in the comments if you plan to use the Crunchyroll Wii U app now that it includes the free experience offered on other Crunchyroll services, and also what anime you’ll be watching.

Thanks to Ryan Millar for the tip!