Nintendo adds Amazon Instant Video and YouTube to Wii U

Wii U controller

Wii U controller

Japanese games console maker Nintendo has signed two new agreements to bring online video to its new Wii U console, as it tries to win back some market share from Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3.

Online retailer Amazon has launched a new Amazon Instant Video app for Wii U owners in the US, giving them access to over 140,000 films and TV shows for rental or purchase, and also gives Amazon Prime customers access to more than 30,000 movies and TV shows to stream at no extra cost.

The free app is available from today on the Wii U home screen or in Nintendo’s Wii U eShop on the game console for users to download and install.

The Wii U GamePad controller lets owners use the 6.2-inch touch screen on the controller to search and browse for playback on the TV screen, as well as playback on the GamePad screen.

Nintendo has also signed a deal with Google to bring a new YouTube app to the Wii U console, giving users access to YouTube videos and channels on their TV screen, with the option of using the GamePad controller to search for videos.

Nintendo launched its new Wii U console in the US on November 18th of this year, with many pundits expecting it to be a runaway success.

However, analysts Screen Digest are predicting that while 3.5mn units will be sold worldwide by Christmas 2012, inventory shortages and other challenges may prevent it from maintaining this momentum in the longer term.

IP&TV News was recently contacted by a talented design and research team who have put together a snazzy infographic charting Nintendo’s course to the top of the video game industry – here it is in all it’s glory..

Created by:

Nintendo infographic

Nintendo infographic

We welcome reader discussion and request that you please comment using an authentic name. Comments will appear on the live site as soon as they are approved by the moderator (within 24 hours). Spam, promotional and derogatory comments will not be approved

Post your comment

Facebook, Instagram and Sky case study: Game of Thrones

BT at IBC: 'unlocking the power of fibre IPTV'

IP&TV News tries out 4G Broadcast at the FA Cup Final

Thomas Riedl: “Google TV has evolved into Android TV”

Tesco and blinkbox: what went wrong?

Reed Hastings and 2030: is he right?