In disappointing news for television lovers, Nintendo announced today that the Wii U would not be shipping with its much anticipated TVii functionality. The feature, which turns the Wii U GamePad into a hybrid remote control, program guide and social media gizmo, will instead be released in December. Assorted video-on-demand applications like Amazon Instant Video and and Hulu Plus have also been delayed, although Netflix has stated they'll be available when gamers open their Wii U boxes.
Nintendo, however, isn't treating the announcement like a delay. Rather, the way they slipped it into a general Wii U press release implies that TVii was never intended to be a launch service at all. And really, they're right, as everyone likely just assumed it would be there on launch. Of course, why they only announced its delay two days prior to the Wii U's launch is a mystery.
Perhaps the TVii software ends up similar to what we've seen of it so far, or perhaps in a completely different form, but one thing's for sure -- it won't be there on November 18.