Nintendo Is Charging People to Change TV Channels (No, Really)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.

Nintendo Is Charging People to Change TV Channels (No, Really)

Nintendo's video streaming service was unveiled this September in New York. Earlier this month, Nintendo delayed the service for the North American Wii U launch.


Wii Uのニンテンドーeショップで12月8日から100円(税込)/95円(税別)で販売いたします [任天堂]

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