Nintendo’s Tvii app will launch in the US and Canada tomorrow on the Wii U, but don’t expect it to be fully functional.
The previously delayed app will arrive sometime in the next day, but won’t include Netflix or Tivo program guide support as originally promised. It won’t initially offer the ability to program or access DVR content either.
So what will TVii actually contain when it arrives?
An interactive online guide to TV, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video programming – as well as the ability to search online for programming info and post comments via social platforms.
The Wii U’s gamepad plays the familiar role of the remote with the app, letting users find a show across different services, touch a selection, and the controller does the rest.
"After Dec. 20, you’ll never look at your TV the same way again," said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. "Wii U owners have already experienced the transformative effect that the GamePad has on game play and social interaction. Nintendo TVii shows how the integrated second screen of the GamePad can also transform and enhance the TV viewing experience. Welcome to the new world of TVii."
Several other services including Wikipedia, IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes have either been confirmed or rumoured to land on Nintendo’s application at some point.
The Tvii app is slated to launch in Europe sometime next year.