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Nintendo Wii U's TVii Is Out Tomorrow—But with Some Major Missing Pieces

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We've been waiting for the Wii U's cable box/television-controlling TVii features to make it since the system launched late last month. As of tomorrow, it'll finally be here. But without a few key components.


The big omission is DVR capabilities through TiVo. That's the only way to use the Wii U as a DVR, so it's still not all the way there as a multimedia center. The other missing piece is Netflix integration, though that's slightly less of a concern since the Wii U's had apps for it, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus since last month.


What is arriving, though, is the cable box functionality as a whole. The default TV remote feature is nice and effective for controlling your television's inputs, or volume, but the wheel-like control panel for TVii makes actually picking the channels much easier, along with other functions. There's also some social network stuff built in. We'll give you a full review once we've had some time to play with it. [Nintendo]