Nintendo Apologises for TVii Delay in Europe

By Jorge Ba-oh 14.01.2014 11

Nintendo Apologises for TVii Delay in Europe on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Nintendo have acknowledged that the TVii application for Wii U wasn't released in 2013 as originally planned.

The TVii service, designed to allow fans to watch and engage with selected TV shows and movies using the Wii U GamePad controller, was originally planned for release last year in Europe. Now that we're well into the opening weeks of 2014, Nintendo have posted an apology message on the TVii service page, promising "further announcements regarding this service in the near future".

We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned.

Would you use the TVii service when Nintendo launches the feature in your region?

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European friends, I promise you are missing nothing.

TVii is pretty cool, so its too bad that it hasn't arrived in Europe yet. I suspect that it's probably largely due to the fact that third party services are used for the live TV and sports features.

One of the coolest features is the teleprompter feature where you can draw on screenshots. That would be a great feature to add to Miiverse.

Love using it while watching sports (like with football and baseball). Great to be able to look at the game pad to see details of the previous play.

What company launches a product with features that still don't work well after a year post-launch? Honestly, the company doesn't do itself any favours at times! Smilie

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Adam Riley said:
What company launches a product with features that still don't work well after a year post-launch? Honestly, the company doesn't do itself any favours at times! Smilie
TVii was made (in my opinion) specifically for North America. I mean, does Japan even have it yet? I seriously think Reggie was the guy who said "We need this to cater to our North American audience."

TVii has so much potential, or had so much potential. It's just a shame it still hasn't been released in Europe. Part of me thinks it's because UK is grouped with Europe and there's so many different countries in Europe with many different network/cable providers and different "On-Demand" services to get onboard. Whereas North America is just one country and the biggest cable providers have their services available on TVii.

( Edited 14.01.2014 16:51 by Mush )

Mush said:
Adam Riley said:
What company launches a product with features that still don't work well after a year post-launch? Honestly, the company doesn't do itself any favours at times! Smilie
TVii was made (in my opinion) specifically for North America. I mean, does Japan even have it yet? I seriously think Reggie was the guy who said "We need this to cater to our North American audience."

TVii has so much potential, or had so much potential. It's just a shame it still hasn't been released in Europe. Part of me thinks it's because UK is grouped with Europe and there's so many different countries in Europe with many different network/cable providers and different "On-Demand" services to get onboard. Whereas North America is just one country and the biggest cable providers have their services available on TVii.

Sorry but thats a shit excuse if its true. I couldn't care about the rest of Europe (they aren't important Smilie ) but the BBC iplayer, 4OD, ITV Player and Sky Player are across other platforms in the UK , no reason why this shouldn't be done on the Wii U. I am guessing none of the developers at said TV channels want to work with Nintendo. 

I think it would be sublime for Football experiences but also so much more. I get more annoyed by getting told we are going to get it, if we aren't then just don't tease us...

Although maybe the Nintendo Direct might spill some beans!!


Television...? Whats this...1975? Please dont invest in primitive stuff Nintendo and the zombie audience of tv...
We Urope got off lucky I believe. Nothing of value was lost or missed out on.

In theory, a good concept - especially with GoogleBox (a UK TV show that shows other people watching last week's TV - a reality show) doing well - though hard to really negotiate with all the different networks out there.

In the UK at least the big 3/4 channel providers would be ideal.

Nintendo need to get other key apps out there - 4oD, BBC iPlayer - as others have said before.

Really - they need to partner with a middle man to develop these apps. Wii U is capable, technically, of running these things - it needs a dedicated media player (even if just digital) - for music, movies - a drawing app. Such basic media tools that aren't available... yet.

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I still think they should just focus on broadcasting their own Nintendo-licensed television. Mario, Zelda, Kirby, F-Zero, Pokémon... Get that out on TVii, it would work.

Canyarion said:
I still think they should just focus on broadcasting their own Nintendo-licensed television. Mario, Zelda, Kirby, F-Zero, Pokémon... Get that out on TVii, it would work.

Nintendo hate using their own content! The Kirby Channel was pretty decent though. I am surprised that such things haven't been done actually. There's a plethora of Pokemon cartoons that they could show plus a couple series of Donkey Kong. Sub the Fzero anime and maybe make a  Metroid or Starfox one and you are bang on the money!


We'll get to November with Nintendo announcing:

We regret to announce that the TVii service is no longer coming to Europe

I know it's not what I bought the WiiU for but ffs, what a joke that it took over a year of silence just to get "sorry but we've got no news yet".

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