It’s been rumored for months, but Nintendo officially announced that its VOD platform on the Wii console has launched in Japan over the weekend. The programming so far trends along family fare. Variety has a little more:
Service, called Wii no Ma (Wii’s Room), has 120 titles at launch, including episodes of “Sesame Street” and “Pocket Monsters,” as well as other old pics, toons and TV shows. Among the supplying partners are Toei, Yoshimoto Kogyo, TV Asahi, NTV and NHK Enterprises. The cost to view one title ranges from 30¥ to 500¥ (33¢ to $5.60). In addition to their Internet-connected Wii consoles, customers can utilize the service on their Nintendo DSi handhelds.
By the end of the year, three more companies, including Disney Japan, are skedded to join the service.