Wii U TV and Movie Features Coming in December

Nintnedo's making a concerted effort to play a bigger role in living room entertainment with its Wii U console than it did with the original Wii, but some features integral to that goal won't be available right off the bat. The company didn't give a specific reason as to why the delay was taking place, and instead offered up a canned statement about wanting its service "to be the best possible experience for all consumers."

One of the features being held out until December is Nintendo TVii.

Nintendo Wii U GamePad

"In December, Nintendo will activate this unique application that will transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports," Nintendo said. "Nintendo TVii makes watching TV simple and fun by bringing together a program guide, remote control and social interaction into one, seamless second-screen experience on the GamePad. Nintendo TVii comes with Wii U at no additional charge and requires no additional equipment. It works with existing cable and satellite channels. Viewers can engage with others in a variety of ways, such as commenting on moments as they happen on live TV, and then sharing those thoughts via Miiverse, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also discover more about what they're watching, as information from a variety of sources is automatically linked to the program they are watching, including sports data. Nintendo TVii is customizable for every member of the family."

Nintendo also plans to roll out downloadable content such as additional levels or maps for select games in December via a system update, the company said.

The Wii U (launched today) comes in two versions, a Basic Set for $300 that includes the console hardware, 8GB of internal storage, Wii U GamePad, Stylus, and Sensor bar, and a Deluxe Set that increases the storage to 32GB and adds a GamePad stand, GamePad charging cradle, and console stand.