While most video streaming services are going to be delayed in getting connected with Nintendo’s new Wii U console, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) will be immediately available on it when the console comes out. Over the weekend it was announced that Hulu Plus, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Instant Video, YouTube and even Nintendo’s Co., Ltd (PINK:NTDOY) own TVii streaming service were not going to be available on the Wii U until a few weeks after it came out. However, a spokesperson from Netflix says their service is now available on the console.
The Wii U was launched over the weekend in Manhattan at the Nintendo Co., Ltd (PINK:NTDOY) World store. There was a line for the console starting on Thursday. The Wii U features the GamePad controller that’s similar to a tablet. The console is the first television-based gaming console from the three major manufacturers of consoles (Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony) since the Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 were launched in 2005 and 2006.
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Access to Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is available on the home screen of the Wii U, and members of Netflix can easily sign in to gain complete access to their account. The service utilizes the Wii U’s GamePad controller, which is similar to a tablet and enables users to browse through the videos and movies that are available on Netflix, even while there’s a video streaming through the service on the television. The GamePad features a full keyboard to make browsing through Netflix videos simple. Users can also rewind or fast-forward the content they’re watching using the GamePad, or opt to watch the video on the GamePad instead of the television if they prefer.
In addition to video streaming services like Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Instant Video, the Wii U will also feature the Miiverse, which is a social platform that enables users to interact with others.