An official report on the company’s support page has announced that there will be no more TVii service for Nintendo’s Wii U, a platform which allowed a direct connectivity between the console and the user’s TV. However, not many protests are firing up online, because not many people even remembered it existed.
The TVii service was launched only three years ago, in 2012, along with the Wii U, and it boasted the possibility of changing the way we follow TV series or watch movies and sports. It, sadly, fell short of that goal. While those inexperienced with the Wii U were mostly unaware of its existence, even users have completely forgotten about the feature, so it came as no surprise that Nintendo has pulled the curtain down.
The TVii allowed users to search, favorite, rate and comment on various shows or movies, somewhat like a digital TV guide, which also worked as a center for the Miiverse to interact. It gave the possibility of both Wii U users and Nintendo 3DS to mingle among each other and share opinions or reviews on games, movies, matches or anything else they so wished.
However, the service has been mostly neglected, and it can hardly be blamed on the consumers. Ever since its inception, the TVii lack integration with both Netflix and TiVo, which sorely cut all ties with one of the most used sources of online entertainment. Perhaps matters might have gone differently if it allowed wider ranges for its users.
It should be noted that the news has followed only six months after it was announced that the service will not become available in Europe.
But the milk has already been spilled and there is no use complaining about it. All that is left is mopping up the unfortunate spill and direct the attention toward new horizons. And that is precisely what Nintendo plans on doing, according to their statement.
The only words accompanying the news were that “Every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects.”. It is well known by now that the company should be working hard on their Nintendo NX, the possible console that will hopefully place them on the top of the market, currently dominated by Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
It has recently been announced that Nintendo will be expanding to mobile games after a stubborn streak of refusals, so perhaps they are doing their best to adapt to the continually changing tech world.
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