One of the big themes at E3 2012 was gaming on a second screen. Nintendo showed us how it plans to take the touchscreen on the Wii U GamePad, and incorporate it into various games and software on the Wii U. At today’s Nintendo event, the company provided a first look at its online media solution called Nintendo TVii.
Nintendo TVii isn’t revolutionary, but it’s new territory for Nintendo. The service allows us to watch movies and television programs on the Wii U. It pulls content from sources such as Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and live television while also placing hooks into TiVo. From the Wii U GamePad, we’ll be able to search for what we want to watch from TV, movies and sports categories. Once you select what you want to watch, it will pop up on the big screen. We’ll also be able to get more information about what we’re watching on the GamePad through sources such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook and IMDB.
Nintendo TVii will basically just leverage services you already pay for. Thankfully, Nintendo isn’t charging extra for this service. It’ll be available in the United States and Canada.