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.