Nintendo’s TVii hasn’t exactly had the best track record in Europe. With countless delays, speculation that the service was canceled in Europe ran rampant. Unfortunately, the rumors were right. Nintendo of Europe has officially cancelled the service, stating the “extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems” as the primary reason.
The service hasn’t been getting much attention lately. The TVii button sits un-pressed for a majority of Wii U owners, this author included.
Nintendo’s full message states:
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.
Nintendo is essentially replacing the TVii channel with the Nintendo Anime Channel, which launched in Europe two days ago.