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BBC iPlayer hits Nintendo Wii U complete with GamePad playback

The Nintendo Wii U console is the latest device to be graced with the BBC iPlayer on demand service.

The Beeb’s catch up platform has been added to the console’s roster of apps, via the Nintendo eShop (via MCV).

Users can watch in HD on their television set and the app even supports on the Wii U’s unique GamePad, which boasts a 6-inch touchscreen. This will be a handy little bonus for those who can’t access the living room TV.

Of course the iPlayer is already available on the PlayStation 4 and belatedly arrived on the Xbox One just before Christmas. The Wii U launch completes the finally roster of next-gen consoles.

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The arrival, which hasn’t been officially announced yet, comes at a time when iPlayer viewing figures are falling for the first time in the revolutionary platform’s history.

Since 2007 viewing figures have been steadily growing, but programme requests fell to 230 million in March, a 7 per cent fall on the same month of 2014.

Overall the service grew by 2 per cent during the first quarter, but that’s also the slowest period of growth since the iPlayer’s inception.

A launch on the Wii U isn’t necessarily going to make all the difference in the world, but it’s about time Ninty’s latest home console got a little loving.