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Nintendo Says It’s Considering Wii U TVii For Europe And Japan

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that the company is considering bringing its Wii U TVii service to both Europe and Japan. So far the service has only been announced for North American consumers, but Iwata says they will share more details regarding Europe and Japan in the not-so-distant future.

“We are currently considering offering Nintendo TVii in Japan and Europe by taking into account how people watch television in each region, and I believe I will be able to share more details in the not-so-distant future.

“In this sense, many partners, including third-party publishers and non-gaming partners, as exemplified by VOD service providers, are seeing a lot of potential in Wii U, especially because it can also be used freely in the living room even if the TV is in use, and there are many possibilities, such as a shopping service or some other service that uses the internet.”

48 thoughts on “Nintendo Says It’s Considering Wii U TVii For Europe And Japan”

      1. They said it’s coming to Canada, they didn’t annonce which providers will offer it, although I think it’s safe to say Rogers and Bell will offer it.

  1. I suppose I can understand Japan not having it since, as far as i know, sports aren’t the biggest thing over there, but europe is pretty big on soccer, i don’t understand them not having it

    1. exactly!!!! it aint fair that America gets it out of the box and EU doesn’t. The wiiu works out cheaper in USA aswell and you get this killer app…
      I’ve been really annoyed that this was only anounced in USA. I have SKY with Hundreds of channels that I would love to organize with my wiiu gamepad.

            1. Lol i did not say sports are boring i meant watching them is especialy baseball and having the tvii ap just for sport is boring and i bet im older than you djsteeler

    1. Same… Because I don’t live in USA, Europe or Japan. And in the end, due to money exchange and how poor the economy is in my country, I will end up paying more than North-Americans, but for way less features.

      I can’t use Nintendo Club either, that sucks. I am getting a Wii U anyway, who cares if I am paying more, getting less? It’s worth it. :O

  2. Why they never release everything they show in E3 and stuff to all regions is beyond me.
    TVii looks like a great thing but if they decide to leave stuff out then the price for Wii Us in those regions should be lower.

    I got happy when they said we could watch 3D movies on the 3DS but in most Europe you cannot and that was a rip off.

    1. That’s stupid- they wouldn’t lower the price by any notable amount because one optional feature isn’t included, especially sine some people might not even have any use for it. I’m in Europe, but I only have Netflix, so Tvii won’t be any good to be, but I’m not going to ask for £10 off the console to make up for it.
      The 3DS thing is true though, they showed How To Train Your Dragon and Tangled in 3D at E3, and there is still no way to view full 3D films- they need to get on that.

  3. I think we need a channel ob here for nintendo shows like super.mario super show,pokemon, kirby right back at ya, FZERO,etc

  4. eh, i live in the US so this really doesnt effect me lol. but yeah, i dont see why they wouldnt just add it to the european and japanese models, it just seems odd that a feature would be restricted lol

  5. And yet again something more in which Nintendo prefer to ignore Latin America.

    It´s not surprised why MS y Sony are gaining so much presence here, they are doing something to gain that presence while Nintendo just run away, forgetting that there are more than half a continent right next to the U.S.A

  6. Sir Nicholas Pennyworth

    It’s not fair! lol jk, but I’ve seen too many of these comments, and it’s so weak. Understand that Nintendo’s decisions have to make business sense people, and we all know fat Americans love their TV’s more than any other nation. Just because you want something doesn’t mean it makes sense, cents ($). Europe gets games that NA doesn’t and of course Japan has some amazing games that will never make it to either EU or NA. That is just the way it is even though it sucks at times. I have to believe people outside of these three countries (and even EU and Japan for a time) won’t see TVii until they see the results from the NA market.

    1. The UK loves TV just as much as USA. The UK is a ”TV” nation where on some occasions , 10-20 million people can be watching the same show simultaneously.
      SKY has 1000+ channels….

      Maybe some of the poorer EU countries Don’t , but the UK is EXACTLY like USA in terms of TV.

        1. Sir Nicholas Pennyworth

          I didn’t mean that the UK doesn’t love TV as much as America even though it came out a bit like that, but I can see why NOA jumped to that opportunity before any of the other regions did.

        2. The mighty boosh ^_^ my favorite *thinking of perfect quote*…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..”I’M OOOOLLLLLLD GREEEEEEEEEG!!!!!!!!” XD

  7. Then they should give these regions some other features that benefits them more.
    It’s not fair having to pay in Euros and then not getting everything others have.

    I don’t care if some don’t “watch” as much tv as usa but I atleast want the option of obtaining it whenever I want.

    But anyway I’ll wait and see first.

  8. What do you mean considering? -___-
    People watch tv, id watch bbc iplayer, netflix, 4od, youtube ect on my wiiu, just put it out everywhere

  9. In the UK, there’s recently been a new service announced that’s essentially a box with BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4 On Demand and 5’s Catch Up Service that I can’t remember, in one that can be plugged into the TV.

    In terms of how we watch TV, all Nintendo would need is something like that. A central hub with those core 4 catch up services.

    Also Crunchyroll. Please give us Crunchyroll.

  10. i found their business model a bit surprising to say the least. Putting additional feature in one continent with one of the cheapest price and leave the rest of the world with less feature and a more expensive console…. I guess it one way to piss off some of your customer and encouraging piracy. But in this story what surprise me the most is japan has less feature than America… I am guessing because the Wii U is the same price (after tax) as the Super Famicon,N64,Game cube and Wii at the launch date has something to do with it.

    1. I dont think is more or less in 1 country than other for me the american wii u is more spncive that the european 1 for the simple fact that is harder to earn dollars than euros

      1. Hi Nintenlord, i disagree on the: “that is harder to earn dollars than euros”. From my personal experience, when i was living in US for a year, i did noticed my work colleague did not seem in pain to earn and spend their dollars but that just my personal experience and I am not aware of the tax system.

        Could you please, tell me if the price display on the package is before or after tax? Cause in USA you have this bad habit to put the price before tax and when you go to the tilt you have a bad surprise (depend on the state you live)?

  11. I was reading through all the comments, waiting to see the jokes, but I guess most of you didn’t actually read the post-comments from Reggie when he stated that other regions would likely get it too, but it was only dependent upon the legal wrangling (however long that takes). It’s not so much on Nintendo, but the different TOS that have to be satisfied in order to have the service, and which companies are partners in the deal. Besides, it may just be down to which company plays the same role as in those other regions.

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