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Wii U TVii 'being considered' for Europe and Japan

Nintendo expects to share more details "in the not-so-distant future"

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said the company is considering offering its Wii U TVii service in Europe and Japan.

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According to the platform holder, the built-in Wii U service will let users find, watch and engage with TV content "in entirely new ways" when it launches in North America and Japan.

Players will be able to use the Wii U GamePad to browse and search for programming from sources they're subscribed to including cable and satellite channels, video-on-demand services and recorded TiVo shows.

Iwata told investors during a recent Q&A session: "We are currently considering offering Nintendo TVii in Japan and Europe by taking into account how people watch television in each region, and I believe I will be able to share more details in the not-so-distant future.

"In this sense, many partners, including third-party publishers and non-gaming partners, as exemplified by VOD service providers, are seeing a lot of potential in Wii U, especially because it can also be used freely in the living room even if the TV is in use, and there are many possibilities, such as a shopping service or some other service that uses the internet."

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime believes Nintendo TVii will serve as a "better mousetrap" for consumers than existing online TV services.

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