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Nintendo scraps European TVii plans

February 18, 2015

By Nik Roseveare

WiiUNintendo has revealed that it no longer intends to bring its TVii service to Europe, despite being available in Japan and the US since 2012.

Nintendo’s TVii allows users to browse TV programmes and watch them on their Wii-U Gamepads. While Nintendo had previously outlined plans to bring the service to Europe, their timeline has always been vague. The TVii app is actually a part of the Wii U console’s firmware, but it isn’t bootable in European regions.

Nintendo of Europe said in a statement: “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.”

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