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New use for the Wii: YouTube set-top box

YouTube has finally released an app so that Wii owners can enjoy content from the video-sharing site without having to move over to a laptop or another gaming console.

Starting today, Nintendo Wii owners in the U.S. can stream YouTube videos directly to their consoles, and while many of us are anticipating the release of the Wii U it’s nice to know that the original Wii hasn’t quite lost all purposes just yet. 

The YouTube app on the Wii won’t be as feature-packed as it is on a PC browser, but nevertheless YouTube promises that users will be able to “watch the shows and channels [they] love… like The Book Club…or the official Nintendo Wii YouTube channel.”  The app will also enable users to flip through categories like Gaming, Music, and trending videos. 

Interactivity was one of the main selling points of the Wii, and now YouTube is trying to build upon that focus.  Do you have a hankering for learning how to get ripped abs or do yoga?  Flip through the Wii YouTube app using your Wii controller to enjoy exactly what you’re looking for. 

The Wii U is coming soon, but don’t toss it’s elder into the closet just yet.  Use it as a set-top box!

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