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Nintendo Wii U owners can now watch BBC iPlayer on their console, opening up access to all Auntie Beeb's current output.

After a lengthy wait, the Beeb's service is finally among the apps available in the Nintendo eShop. You can watch in HD, and – in a neat feature that could well make it worth the wait – on the 6-inch screen on the Wii U's GamePad controller.

That means if someone else is watching something on the main set, you can still enjoy shows without arguing over what to watch.

This completes the trifecta of next-gen consoles with iPlayer access. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 already have the service.

The iPlayer's migration to Ninty's standard-bearer comes at a strange time for the BBC, as it increasingly comes under attack from the government.

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has described the licence fee as "worse than the poll tax", suggesting the traditional method of funding our public service broadcaster may not be long for this world.

The corporation plans to axe BBC Three and move it online as part of iPlayer. The Beeb's service has received lashings of praise for its innovative features since launching in 2007, but in March the number of requests actually fell for the first time ever.

It still grew by 2% during the quarter, so things aren't exactly catastrophic. But that's the slowest period of growth since the service launched.

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