Originally Posted by Monger
It's really not all that vague. The Wii U downloads guide data depending on which provider and package you tell it you have. It doesn't record shows or work as a cable box in any way. It's a fancy universal remote.
Let's try this again.
Wow. Much clearer. Thanks for the video. Why couldn't they just say all that in their presentation? And why haven't any sites explained any of that?
Like you say, it basically just means that the GamePad is a universal remote with a built-in guide function and a few live TV cross-media functions. Sounds almost identical to MS's Smartglass feature. No cable content goes through the Wii U. The Wii U just streams standard services (Netflix, etc). Pretty straightforward actually. Why couldn't they just say that in the first place?
But I will say that a number of things in that Wikipedia entry linked above and on multiple gaming sites directly contradict what he says in that interview. Either Nintendo doesn't have its message straight, or there are a lot of confused people like me out there. In either case, it means Nintendo's not communicating this information very well.Edited by confidenceman - 10/1/12 at 10:32am