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Netflix interface for Wii U revealed in prototype images

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Engadget has come across prototype images that reveal what how the Netflix app might look on Nintendo's Wii U console.

Wii U Netflix ENGADGET
Wii U Netflix ENGADGET

Today we're getting a sense of what the Netflix experience might look like on Nintendo's forthcoming Wii U console thanks to some prototype images uncovered by Engadget. If you were assuming the interface would simply mimic the standard Netflix layout, think again. Based on these shots, it appears the company will be using the Wii U Gamepad to minimize clutter on your TV by offering queue management and playback options from the controller itself. The primary UI bears some resemblance to the current Xbox 360 iteration of Netflix, displaying similar 3D-like rows of movie and TV show artwork on the home screen.

One feature demonstrated in these photos likely to prove hugely popular with families is remote viewing. This mode beams your selected content to the Wii U Gamepad while displaying static metadata on the TV screen, which would allow parents to tune into other programming while kids enjoy streaming video from the Gamepad's 6.2-inch display. Naturally plenty can change between now and the Wii U's as-yet-unannounced release date, but it seems Netflix is certainly on the right track in terms of playing to the console's strengths.