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tgrmag 
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Has CR even thought about making a channel on the WII?? Netflix, YouTube, and even Hulu all have channels, and while the YouTube one does take forever to buffer Netflix and Hulu have great streaming, but sadly little anime.
Please CR make a WII channel?
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Netflix's selection of anime is fairly limited, but Hulu actually has quite a bit if you start digging. It's very unlikely that Crunchyroll would invest in developing a specially designed channel for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii is on it's way out, and is being replaced by the Wii U. If Crunchyroll was to create anything for a Nintendo system, it would likely be Wii U first, then Nintendo 3DS.
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Hi,

This seemed like more of a suggestion for CR, so I moved it to the suggestion forum, I hope you don't mind.

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Probably won't happen since Wii is a last gen plattform and it takes resources from CR to first of all develop a Wii Channel and then also publish it since they need to get a developer license. On the other hand CR most likely see Wii as a plattform that will slowly die off since less and less games are being released on it due to developers moving forward to the current console gen (Xbone, PS4 and WiiU) and therefore less and less people will use the system and then it might not be worth the investment to make a CR channel on Wii.

However they might decide to make a WiiU channel since they already have a PS4 app up and running!
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CrossForte wrote:

Netflix's selection of anime is fairly limited, but Hulu actually has quite a bit if you start digging. It's very unlikely that Crunchyroll would invest in developing a specially designed channel for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii is on it's way out, and is being replaced by the Wii U. If Crunchyroll was to create anything for a Nintendo system, it would likely be Wii U first, then Nintendo 3DS.


From what I'm seeing the WII U is designed to work with the WII , as well as by its self so I don't think its accurate to say its on its way out

I've had mine for 4 or 5 years, and I doubt I'll get rid of it soon so I'd like a channel. I know this has been asked a few times in the past, and I never saw a direct answer on it. I THINK CR didn't think the WII would last at first so didn't bother, and while it's still not as popular as the PS systems or the Xbox it's still around


MakotoKamui wrote:

Hi,

This seemed like more of a suggestion for CR, so I moved it to the suggestion forum, I hope you don't mind.

-Makoto


That's fine and thanks Makoto. I was using my sister's laptop and had a hard time reading all of the topics
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tgrmag wrote:


CrossForte wrote:

Netflix's selection of anime is fairly limited, but Hulu actually has quite a bit if you start digging. It's very unlikely that Crunchyroll would invest in developing a specially designed channel for the Nintendo Wii. The Wii is on it's way out, and is being replaced by the Wii U. If Crunchyroll was to create anything for a Nintendo system, it would likely be Wii U first, then Nintendo 3DS.


From what I'm seeing the WII U is designed to work with the WII , as well as by its self so I don't think its accurate to say its on its way out

I've had mine for 4 or 5 years, and I doubt I'll get rid of it soon so I'd like a channel. I know this has been asked a few times in the past, and I never saw a direct answer on it. I THINK CR didn't think the WII would last at first so didn't bother, and while it's still not as popular as the PS systems or the Xbox it's still around


While it is true the Nintendo Wii U does have a "Wii Mode" feature that allows it to reboot itself and function as a Nintendo Wii, Wii Mode is different from a Wii console.
The main purpose of Wii Mode is to allow consumers to be able to play their disc-based Nintendo Wii games, as well as Virtual Console and WiiWare games from the Wii Shop Channel, and have it all on one system. That's the thing though. That's pretty much it. While you can still play games like Mario Kart Wii and GoldenEye 007 online, as well as access and use the Wii Shop Channel as normal, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Youtube, and Amazon Intsant Video, as well as the Photo Channel, are not available on the Wii U's Wii Mode.
The Wii Shop Channel is also no longer updated with new content. The last big game to be released for the Wii outside of Japan was Pandora's Tower, which came out April 2013 in North America. Every other game that has been released on the Wii since then has been a multi-platform release, like The Croods, Skylanders, Disney Infinity or Angry Birds Trilogy.
The Wii's WiiConnect24 feature was also terminated globally during June 2013.
To top all that off, Europe and Japan both ended production of the Wii console last year, and all we have left in North America is the Wii mini, which is basically a stripped down version of the Wii U's Wii Mode that lacks online connectivity and additional storage with the use of SD Cards, and that'll likely be discontinued by the end of the year at the latest.

Now please, don't take all that as a rant or anything. I'm simply laying out the facts. While it's not impossible that there could be a Crunchyroll channel that could be released for use on actual internet-enabled Wii consoles, the odds of it happening just really don't seem likely.
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tgrmag wrote:

From what I'm seeing the WII U is designed to work with the WII , as well as by its self so I don't think its accurate to say its on its way out

I'm not clear on what you mean by that, since the Wii U is a freestanding game console, not just the Gamepad.


Here are the pros and cons of CR developing an app for the Wii:

Pro:

1. There are a lot of them

Cons:

1. Only standard definition

2. Limited hardware resources make streaming app development challenging (the Wii has only 91 MB total RAM and a relatively slow CPU)

3. Possible lack of support from Nintendo (Note that CR doesn't have a single app on a Nintendo device, even the popular DS, which has more units sold than the Wii).


CR has at most a few hundred thousand paid subscribers. By contrast, Netflix has tens of millions, and Hulu has millions of paid Hulu Plus subscribers, giving both a huge advantage the funds they can put into app development, as well as the returns they reap from that.

YouTube has the financial backing of Google. Remember when it was announced in December TCG acquired a majority stake in CR? Google could have done that with about 4% of the profit they made in only the last quarter.
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Posted 2/13/14

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tgrmag wrote:

From what I'm seeing the WII U is designed to work with the WII , as well as by its self so I don't think its accurate to say its on its way out

I'm not clear on what you mean by that, since the Wii U is a freestanding game console, not just the Gamepad.



As I stated, the Wii U has a feature called Wii Mode. After starting the Wii U, you can enter Wii Mode, which causes the system to shut itself down and reboot with the Nintendo Wii's operating system, allowing users to play disc-based Wii games, as well as downloadable Virtual Console and WiiWare games from the Wii Shop Channel. So unlike either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, the Wii U is actually backwards compatible with the previous generation through the use of Wii Mode. The only games that can't be played are the few which require the use of the Nintendo Gamecube control ports, as the Wii U lacks them.
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