Wii U System Update Out Now, Removes Nintendo TVii Icon

Say goodbye to the Nintendo TVii icon, as it is no longer displayed on the Wii U Menu and the Wii U GamePad controller’s HOME Button Menu – thanks to the latest system update for Wii U. In addition to removing the icon, update version 5.5.0 U also includes the usual “improvements to system stability and usability.” The Nintendo TVii service concluded on August 11.


Nintendo TVii Will Be Closing Down August 11th

We never received the Nintendo TVii service here in Europe, but I know a few of you in the United States who use the handy service. It may come as a slight blow to find out that Nintendo is pulling the plug on the service on August 11th. Clearly the service wasn’t used by as many people as the company originally anticipated as you may remember it was used as one of the big selling points of the Wii U during the launch period. Anyway, it will now soon be gone, so best to bid it farewell.

After almost 3 years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015 at 3:00pm PT. At the same time, we will be closing the Nintendo TVii Miiverse community. We sincerely thank you for all of your engagement within the community and the Nintendo TVii service. We look forward to your contributions within our many other Miiverse communities.

Thanks to those who sent this in.

Nintendo Officially Announces Nintendo TVii For Wii U Has Been Cancelled For Europe

We’ve been waiting since launch for Nintendo TVii here in the UK and the rest of Europe. The service was meant to come at launch and did eventually come to the United States, where it was generally well received. However, Nintendo Europe has confirmed that it has cancelled plans for the service in Europe stating that it is, “Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems.” So that’s it. Nintendo TVii has been cancelled for Europe. Here’s what they had to say 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. 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.

Thanks, Leon

Nintendo TVii Gets New Update, Here’s The Details

Nintendo has announced that it’s updated its Nintendo TVii application on the Wii U. One of the biggest new features that has been implemented by Nintendo is a dynamic home screen that allows you to easily go to a specific show by using the Wii U GamePad. Here’s the rest of the details that you need to know.

  • Quicker load times across the service
  • Easier access to your favorite sporting events, now including baseball. Now you can start predicting plays & climbing the leaderboard even faster
  • Enhanced search functionality for all your favorite channels, shows, movies and sports to find out what’s on
  • Increased TV Tag coverage to all shows on the top 70 channels

Thanks, Anthony A

Watch Super Bowl 2014 With Wii U For Chance To Win Nintendo Football Jersey

nintendo_football_jerseyNintendo has announced an incentive for its fans to watch Super Bowl 2014. Those who spectate the upcoming NFL championship game with Nintendo TVii on Wii U will be able to enter for a chance to win a limited edition Nintendo Football jersey, which apparently has an approximate retail value of $120. Nintendo TVii users will also be able to make predictions about the game in real time, and compete with other viewers to earn their place on a leaderboard.

Nintendo Apologizes For Nintendo TVii’s Unavailability In Europe

Nintendo has apologized for the absence of Nintendo TVii in Europe. Originally planned to launch last year in the continent, the Wii U application allows users to engage with TV shows and movies via the Wii U GamePad. The 6.2-inch touch-screen controller can also be used to search for programming from subscription services. Nintendo TVii has been available in North America and Japan since December 2012.

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

“Please continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future.”

New Nintendo TVii Update Out Now

Nintendo of America has released an update for Nintendo TVii on the Wii U. The update brings with it a number of small improvements to the application, including updating the remote with easier access to certain features. Nintendo TVii has yet to launch in Europe despite the console already being out a year. Here’s some of the new features you can enjoy.

  1. Team up with other fans and earn points by predicting plays
  2. These points will be used for leaderboards
  3. Updated remote with easier access to features
  4. Better fps with scrolling – 60 fps?