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With minimal fanfare, BBC iPlayer has today become available for Wii U through the Nintendo eShop.

Confirmation came that the BBC were working to bring it to Nintendo’s home console early last year. We were later told in August by executive product manager Marcus Parnwell that the development team were “fairly close with the Wii U,” before confirmation came in December that it would launch in early 2015.

The online streaming service, which allows users to catchup on television and radio programmes, is said to use “a standard HTML 5 based application,” that eases maintenance across supported platforms, while allowing for “device specific customisations.”

BBC iPlayer is currently available through the Nintendo eShop to those in the UK, with the application being 91.4MB in size.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.