Nintendo abandon plans to launch Nintendo TVii service in Europe
Nintendo of Europe have announced that they have abandoned plans to launch the Nintendo TVii service across Europe.
The service has been available on Wii U in Japan and North America since the console launched, allowing users to search programmes on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and other networks while viewing additional information on the Wii U GamePad.
Unsurprisingly Nintendo cite “the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems” as the reasoning for its cancellation, although this now results in the redundant icon being ever present on the menu.
“At Nintendo of Europe, we continue to challenge ourselves to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy,” the company’s statement reads.
“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.”