Crunchyroll is an online anime and streaming service that’s available via web browser, mobile or gaming platforms like the Wii U. Until now, the only way to enjoy the service via the Wii U app was through a premium subscription, however the latest update to the app has changed all that.

This welcome change means that Wii U users can now launch the app and dive straight into the thousands of episodes available, without the need to log in or pay for the service. This freemium experience is only available in standard definition, and there are occasional ads along the way.

Of course, you can still take advantage of the premium experience if you prefer high-definition and ad-free viewing. This package is relatively good value, and even provides new episodes as soon as one hour after airing in Japan – definitely one for the serious anime fans.

For casual fans curious about the service, this update opens up a range of new viewing opportunities. Do you plan to use the Crunchyroll Wii U app now that a free option is available? Let us know your experiences with Crunchyroll in the comments section below.