Nintendo Is Charging People to Change TV Channels

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With Nintendo TVii, the Kyoto-based game maker is bringing streaming video to the GamePad. Starting on December 8 in Japan, gamers can watch the pictures as they fly through the air via the comfort of the Wii U GamePad. But if you want easy channel changing, you must barf up extra cash.

On December 8, Nintendo is also launching an addon for Nintendo TVii that gives Wii U owners the ability to switch channels via the GamePad. The Wii U GamePad can be used as a television remote control, but if you want to use that same function for Nintendo TVii, Nintendo is charging a ¥100 ($1.22) flat fee.


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Say what?

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It's probably some licensing problem.

Love and tolerate.

Has to be a licensing issue and likely only a Japanese one.

nice title
but it should say "Nintendo is STEALING people..."

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Japan's got weird intellectual property laws

But then again so does most of the world...

Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.

What? I didn't quite understand this. The Wii U gamepad can be used as a TV remote for free...

But if you want to use it as a TV remote in the Wii U's TVii application, it costs more?

That sounds like, as others have said, a Japan-only problem due to licensing. Sucks, but nothing more really.


Here lies the dearly departed Nintendomination Thread.

Article is poorly translated and it seems to be only in Japan. Japanese paying $1 to unlock TVii features sounds better than Microsoft charging $15-20 for a DVD remote to access the DVD player in the original xbox which could have just used the controller like the PS2 yet was locked due to wanting more money.

One of the reasons why I won't buy a Wii U at launch.