One of the most useful features of the Wii U -- and what could make it a staple of our connected living rooms -- is its ability to hook in to the entertainment ecosystem seamlessly. When you start up your Wii U for the first time, you'll be prompted to enter your television and cable box brands. In a surprisingly painless process (you only need the brand name of your TV, not the model number), your Wii U GamePad becomes a very useful remote control. It will be the only thing you have to touch when turning your system and television on in the future.
When the Wii U's television and video on demand aggregation dashboard comes fully online, that remote will be even more useful as you use it select shows on your DVR, video-on-demand services like Netflix, or live TV.
Since the holiday gift-giving period is over, many of you might be fortunate enough to have received a brand new Wii U.
Nintendo's latest console is quite different from other gaming consoles, and there are lots of great ways for you to take advantage of it. There are already a wide variety of games coming out for the Wii U, so you have a plethora of entertainment options as soon as you take it out of the box.