Nintendo TV is embedded right into the Wii U and allows users to find and watch TV contents across the entertainment web.
The Wii U GamePad can act as a substitute for a number of things. Users can use it as an infrared TV control, a second 6.2 inch TV screen or play home to a programming guide. Sitting back users can use the GamePad to browse through whatever services/channels they have subscribed to; this includes cable, satellite, vod and recorded TiVo shows.
Speaking with the Seattle Times, Fils-Aime said:
The way that I would say it is Nintendo TV is certainly going to be something that every member of the family picks up and engages in at least once a day.
We think we have. In terms of a way to find what you want, to actually watch it on the big screen or on the small screen and then to be socially engaged on it, yeah, we do think we’ve created a better mousetrap.
And here’s the example: if you have Amazon video services … for you to find what’s on there, what’s hot, what’s trending, is pretty tough. Now say you’ve got Amazon plus Netflix plus Hulu Plus and you’re trying to figure out what it is you’re trying to watch – that’s what Nintendo TV really solves.
Based on the way you watch TV — which is based on shows, based on the actors, based on the genres, based on what your friends are watching — we solve that equation by letting you search that way across all of your entertainment. For us, we think that’s the big idea.
The Wii U will release this November on the 18 in the US and November 30 in Europe.