Amazon Instant Video app brings 145k movies and TV episodes to Nintendo Wii after Wii U debut

Amazon Instant Video app brings 145k movies and TV episodes to Nintendo Wii after Wii U debut

Amazon on Monday announced its Instant Video app has arrived on the original Nintendo Wii. You can download the app now from the Wii Shop Channel.

The news means if you use Amazon for your video needs, and you have Nintendo’s Wii console, you now have access to more than 145,000 movies and TV episodes available to purchase or rent from Amazon’s Instant Video library. Furthermore, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer, the app lets you stream more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes for free.


Just like on the Wii U, Amazon has made sure the console’s controllers can do more than just hit play. The Wii Remote Plus controller lets users browse and search for titles. Other features include:

  • Smart lists such as Recently Watched, Watchlist, Genre Recommendations, and Your TV Shows that allow youto easily manage their viewing choices.
  • Your Video Library gives you access to purchases from Amazon Instant Video on the Wii or any of the hundreds of other devices enabled for Amazon Instant Video.
  • Parental Controls and Kid Zone features that allow parents to manage access to age appropriate content and also easily navigate specific categories to find family-friendly programming by age.
  • Whispersync lets customers seamlessly switch from one device to another. Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire, then pick up right where you left off on your Wii console.

“Since it arrived in November of 2006, Wii has been a cultural phenomenon,” Duncan Orrell-Jones, Senior Vice President of Network Business at Nintendo of America, said in a statement. “With more than 40 million units purchased in the U.S. alone, the addition of Amazon Instant Video means more choice across a significant portion of the American entertainment landscape.”

Back in November, Amazon launched the app for Nintendo’s Wii U console. Since sales haven’t particularly taken off for the Wii’s successor, Amazon probably figured it should support the original Wii as that one sold like hotcakes.

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