Netflix is immediately available on Nintendo's Wii U

The video streaming service is ready to be used on Nintendo's new living room game console -- despite delays of TVii, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Amazon Instant Video.

Netflix is now available on Nintendo's Wii U. Netflix

In the flurry of news on Nintendo's Wii U launch this weekend, one aspect stuck out: streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and Amazon Instant Video, along with Nintendo's TVii service, were to be delayed for a few more weeks.

However, Netflix announced today this is incorrect. Contrary to the news reports, there will be no delay for Netflix on Wii U's launch -- the company announced that the service became available on the console this weekend.

"Netflix is available today on the Wii U home screen with the Wii U launch in the US and Canada," Netflix director of product innovation Chris Jaffe said in a statement. "Netflix members can sign-in for full access."

The new console went on sale at midnight with a launch event at the Manhattan Nintendo World store. Fans started gathering as early as Thursday for a chance to be the first to own the Wii U, a living room game console with a tablet-style controller called GamePad.

The Wii U is the first new living room game console from any of the big three console-makers -- Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo -- since the 2005-2006 releases of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii.

It's clear that extending console functionality beyond gaming has become a goal of Nintendo's. Aside from video streaming, the Wii U will support a social platform called Miiverse that's designed to keep users engaged and Nintendo TVii, which is a free service that connects live TV, streaming services, and TiVo DVR into one package.

Netflix on Wii U is in high definition and puts to use the console's GamePad. The tablet-style controller gives users the ability to browse movies and TV shows as they're streaming from Netflix on the TV.

Read the full CNET Review

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Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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