According to Bill Trinen, Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo, the delay of Nintendo TVii — Nintendo’s take on the smart TV concept — shouldn’t affect the launch of the Wii U, which has just become available in the U.S. and will hit Europe and Australia on November 30.
In an interview with GameSpot, Trinen explains that Nintendo wants the product to be absolutely perfect before release, which is why it has been delayed until December.
So it’s really more about just making sure that that Nintendo TVii service is absolutely perfect when it launches. Because we think it’s probably more important that people sit down with it the first time and have a really great experience and want to keep using it than necessarily trying to push it out too soon and have people dissatisfied with it.
He continues, explaining that they believe users will have plenty to do without worrying about Nintendo TVii for the moment:
To be honest, I don’t think that there’s going to be a tremendous impact because the people are going to be going home tonight and they’re going to be playing games; they’re going to be experiencing Miiverse for the first time. And that, I think, is going to give them a lot to be looking at and kind of figuring out.
In addition to Miiverse, there is also the eShop, Netflix and WiiU Chat, so he probably has a point.
Nintendo TVii is Nintendo’s take on the smart TV concept: with the GamePad as a secondary screen used to browse content, the Nintendo TVii attempts to merge live TV, DVR recorded content and Amazon, Hulu and Netflix streaming content. There’s not yet been word on whether services such as Foxtel or Austar will be included, but here’s to hoping!
The TVii should become available sometime in December this year.