Those who have still been holding on to their Wii consoles now have one more reason to continue doing so. For Nintendo just announced they have made available the Amazon Instant Video service on the console. This opens up a vast plethora of over 140,000 videos and TV episodes to Wii users, most of which will also be available free of cost to Amazon Prime members.
Also, the entire process is fairly simple. All that the user will have to do is download the app from the Wii Shop Channel followed by a simple registration process at the Amazon site. However, while the nice aspect of it all is that Nintendo is still supporting its earlier generation devices in spite of the latest WiiU being in the market, the flip side of it all is that all the goodies is only limited to just the United States. At least, that is how things stand right now though more regions are likely to be included soon.
In any case, what is interesting is the move on part of Nintendo to let their consoles be seen as a complete entertainment device. One that is not just limited to gaming but also offers on-demand video service as well. Last year, Nintendo had also included e-books reading to the list of things you can do with the Wii U. This opens up the debate of whether consumers are open to the idea of using a single device for all of their requirements or they’d prefer specialized units for specific tasks.