Nintendo Spins Missing Wii U Entertainment Apps as a Positive

November 19, 2012 -

Nintendo announced this weekend that it would have to delay deploying its entertainment channel on the Wii U, but the way the company is framing that delay is raising some eyebrows today. Speaking to MTV Multiplayer, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the Wii U's missing video entertainment offerings (besides Netflix, which was available at launch) was a good indication that his company's new console is a "living, breathing system." Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video were missing at launch as well as the much touted Nintendo TVii functionality such as social features that would be rolled into these apps. Those features have been pushed back to December.

"Wii U is a living breathing system, and what I mean by that is the experience that consumers will have tonight as they first open the system will be different than the experience that they have two weeks from now, it will be then even more different two years from now," Fils-Aime said. "We believe that it's our responsibility to continue bringing new experiences, to continue refreshing the experiences that we have, and in doing so, I think that's what's going to have consumers continue to pick up and engage with that gamepad every single day."

Fils-Aime also said something about how these missing entertainment apps were part of the console's identity.

"One of the things that we were criticized for yesterday was for the lack of some of the video on demand content, but I can tell you that when consumers buy their system, Netflix will be live," Fils-Aime said. "I share that because it really reflects how this is a living and breathing system. In the days and weeks ahead, the other three video services will be up and running. We've said that Nintendo TVii is coming in December, and so it truly is a living, breathing system that will bring more and more elements to bear over the days, weeks, months, and years ahead."

Source: Polygon


Re: Nintendo Spins Missing Wii U Entertainment Apps as a ...

I think it is more worrying that the day 1 WiiU patch has just about exausted all of the available built in storage on the base model of the system. Gee? Haven't we been wondering for over a year now about the wisdom of making a modern console with only 8Gb of built in storage capacity? And that is still without them adding in the missing promised features. Once they put Hulu and Amazon on there will the device actually still be able to function? Will there be enough room to pre cache a streamed movie?

Re: Nintendo Spins Missing Wii U Entertainment Apps as a ...

I don't mind certain things being missing on day 1. It happened with the 3DS and I got excited for each new feature that came out. Sure in cases the excitement died kinda quick, like with Nintendo Video, but it was still nice.

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"Besides, just think how damn long that Day 1 update would take if it also included Nintendo TVii!"


Andrew Eisen

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