Over the course of the Wii U life a number of features have become active which worn’t available upon the console’s launch. One of these features was Nintendo TVii, a novel little app on the Wii U game pad which allows users to look up TV listings, find films and TV shows available through online streaming services lime Netflix and fallow results for your favourite sport teams. Nothing groundbreaking I’m sure you’ll agree but a nice feature none the less, nice that is if you happen to be a resident of the United States, European Wii U owners meanwhile who have been waiting for the service to launch since late 2012 were informed, via a statement posted on Nintendo’s website this weekend, that TVii simply wasn’t going to happen, sorry.
“At Nintendo of Europe, we continue to challenge ourselves to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy. Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, regrettably we have taken the decision not to launch the Nintendo TVii service within the European region. Although on this occasion we did not anticipate such challenges, we will always strive to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all our users to enjoy.
With this in mind, Nintendo of Europe has launched the Nintendo Anime Channel, a new video-on-demand service on Nintendo 3DS which offers users the chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon, Kirby, and Inazuma Eleven. New content will be added regularly and access to this service is granted simply by downloading a free application from Nintendo eShop.”
While not a massive loss the fact that Nintendo TVii was promised to European Wii U owners but never delivered mean either Nintendo, a global corporation, completely miss judge the difficulties in launching a digital TV listing service across Europe, or they feel they can get away selling the European Nintendo fan short. Either way the move is a disappointing one on Nintendo’s part and one which will remind all long time European gamers of the bad old days when Japan and America came first, and everyone else came second.