If you are in Europe and you were planning of making good use of Nintendo TVii services on your Wii U, sadly that is never going to happen now. Nintendo has decided not to pursue the services in the region.
The website of Nintendo has officially announced that despite knowing how people in Europe would love to get TV based services on their Wii U, they will not be launching the Nintendo TVii services in the region.
Not just that, they have braved the tough task to actually accept that they miscalculated the challenges that were supposed to come with such a large scale offering. The “extremely complex” localization process was too much for them:
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.
However, they have launched Nintendo Anime Channel on Nintendo 3DS.
This is a place where you get the “chance to stream anime series from the likes of Pokémon, Kirby, and Inazuma Eleven.” The company plans to release regular content the app which can be downloaded through Nintendo eShop.
Do you think the Nintendo TVii would have been popular in Europe had it not been canned?