The Wii U and Nintendo TVii is the newest video game and movie streaming device. In a press conference last week Nintendo announced the release date of its new "home console" the Wii U. They aren't calling it a "video game console." and Nintendo TVii is the reason.
Why it's time to get a new Wii U
I'm not sure why I got rid of my Wii. I loved using it to play games for working out. Standing on the Wii board I could get a workout as I danced with those big headed Wii people. Or, I could build muscles by flapping my arms like a bird, flying above mountains to reach targets. I wasn't the only one who enjoyed the Wii's wholesome games. My friends (that are my age and older) often joined me when I challenged them to a game of tennis or baseball. The Wii was the video console for the fringe group of game players —kids that are too young to play mass-murder games, and folk like me who are too old to want to engage in violence video games. But when I found myself using the Xbox 360 for streaming movies, it was easier to switch my workouts to those games that use the Xbox's Kinect sensor.
But now, the Wii U's Nintendo TVii may convince me to switch back to Wii.
What makes Nintendo TVii so great?
It starts with the WiiU GamePad controller, a touchscreen has been set between joysticks and gameplay buttons.
- The WiiU Gamepad controller is a Universal remote that can be used to control your TV, cable or satellite box, AV receiver, etc.
- You can access your live TV, Hulu Plus, and Netflix from the touchscreen. And you can choose the channel or service on the Wii U GamePad while the current show continues on the TV screen.
- Each person gets their own Mii (personalized avatar) with customized settings—favorite channels and recommendations. No more plowing through sports channels when you just want to see what's on PBS, or Lifetime.
- Search for the title of movie or TV show you want to watch, and the Wii U GamePad shows results from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, live TV, and recorded shows on your TiVo DVR.
- The Wii U GamePad acts as a second screen to TV shows you are watching. Find out that supporting actor's name by clicking on IMDB (internet movie database) where you can find info about cast, crew, and more. See related clips found on the internet, or visit a fan website.
- Watch a movie, TV show, or sports event on the GamePad while another show plays on the TV.
- See player, team, and game stats while watching sports. There is even a graphic to show the last play on the field.
To learn details about the Wii U pricing, availability and more, check out Stewart Wolpin's article.