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October 14, 2023

Wii U Chat and Wii U Chatter

Nintendo's answer to Skype is Wii U Chat, which utilizes the console's internal camera to communicate in real-time with other users. The application can also display the user's video feed on both the television screen and the GamePad, allowing users to watch TV while using the service. Additionally, the GamePad's stylus is able to draw designs over the user's face during the call.

The Wii U's Miiverse social network remains a fun if inessential addition to the system, with its communities and sub-communities for specific games and apps (and even some non-games) being particularly endearing. Though the interface could use a few tweaks to increase accessibility, it's still a great way to interact with friends.

During the launch of Nintendo's eighth-generation home console, the Wii U, President and CEO Satoru Iwata stated that the company would include a streaming video service similar to Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Nintendo TVii debuted at the console's release on November 18, 2012, and gathered together Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video into one software that was compatible with the Wii U's GamePad. Videos could be watched on both the television and the GamePad, and the system provided information such as IMDb and Wikipedia about the film or show the user was watching.

Besides video, Nintendo TVii allowed users to download exclusive Wii U software and demos and access the eShop and Internet browser via the GamePad's touchscreen. The eShop is Nintendo's online store, originally made available on the Nintendo 3DS through a system update released on launch day and accessible via a wireless Internet connection.