Lots of Wii U news coming now that E3 is over and it looks like Nintendo’s next-generation console is going to remain buddies with Netflix once again. In an interview with AllThingsD, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirms that Netflix’s streaming video will return on the Wii U. What Iwata didn’t specify was whether or not video would be streamed in HD, but we have a hunch that it will, seeing as how the Wii U is capable of churning out full 1080p video.
Of significance is Iwata’s stance that the Wii U and its new tablet controller will completely revolutionize the way we interact with our TVs and multimedia experiences within the living room. Throughout our hands-on preview with the Wii U, we noted that the Wii U would need to do more than just be a powerful gaming system on par with the PS3 and Xbox 360 – it needs to be a multimedia hub.
Based off the company’s experience with the Wii’s channels, DSi and 3DS’ non-gaming functions, I think it’s safe to assume that the Wii U will be used for a variety of non-gaming tasks – such as video chatting, browsing the Internet and maybe even pounding out a few emails.RELATED
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