Nintendo TVii Canceled in Europe

Nintendo cancels the Wii U's video streaming and TV feature in Europe.

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Nintendo TVii, which attempts to collect several different video streaming services and your existing television channels into one convenient Wii U channel, will not launch in the Europe, Nintendo has announced.

"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," Nintendo said. "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."

Nintendo also said that it will add new content to the Anime Channel regularly, which you can access freely by simply downloading the application from the Nintendo eShop.

In his year two review of the Wii U, GameSpot's Rob Crossley wasn't too impressed with the feature, saying it is "notoriously slow, which outright negates the convenience of turning to it in the first place. Elsewhere, the remote control app, which runs on the GamePad without needing to powering on the console, makes for a nice emergency replacement, but is far too basic to be a true alternative to the TV remote."

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