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Nintendo adds LoveFilm and web browser to Wii U

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Nintendo has boosted the entertainment options of its new Wii U console considerably through the addition of UK over-the-top (OTT) video service LoveFilm, along with a WebKit-based browser.

The LoveFilm service is now available from the Wii U dashboard to UK owners of the new console, launched just a few weeks ago, enabling subscribers to the GB£4.99 (US$8) per month Amazon-owned video service to access the full catalogue of films available for instant streaming, as well as search for and browse titles.

Wii U controller

Wii U controller

LoveFilm’s Watch List service is also included, enabling users to add titles in the streaming library to a personalised queue for easy access later.

The new console’s GamePad controller offers additional options, such as the ability to view video content on both the TV and GamePad, or access details of films or TV shows.

LoveFilm is the second Amazon-owned service that has been added to the new Wii U console in recent days – the Amazon Instant service was added last month for Wii U owners in the US, giving them access to over 140,000 films and TV shows for rental or purchase.

Japanese firm ACCESS has also been selected by Nintendo to provide a customised version of its NetFront Browser NX as the new console’s browser engine. The WebKit-based browser engine supports a number of new Web technologies, such as HTML5 Canvas, Web storage, Web messaging and sever-sent events.

“We are delighted that NetFront Browser NX has been selected for the new Wii U game console, following its use in the Nintendo 3DS,” said Nobuya Murofushi, president and CEO of ACCESS. “We will support the spread of the Wii U in the global market, as well as continue helping to further energise the game market.”

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