Nintendo TVii service will end on August 11

Nintendo has announced that it is ceasing its Nintendo TVii service after nearly three years.

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Update: Nintendo has sent in the following statement to Shacknews in regards to the Nintendo TVii closure.

"We sincerely thank you for your continued support of our company’s products and services. We would like to inform Wii U owners that the Nintendo TVii service will no longer be available as of August 11, 2015. The Wii U GamePad controller will still act as a TV remote and you will be able to continue streaming content through our Video on Demand applications. We apologize to those of you currently using this service, and we ask for your understanding as we focus our resources in other areas."

Original story: This one will likely be filed under "idea that sounded good on paper." Nintendo has announced that it will be bringing its Nintendo TVii service to a close on August 11, as well as shutting down its corresponding Nintendo TVii Miiverse community.

The announcement was posted on Miiverse just a short while ago. No reason was given for the closure, but it comes nearly six months after the publisher announced that the service would not come to European regions. The concept of Nintendo TVii involved utilizing the Wii U GamePad screen to find programs on their cable/satellite provider, as well as Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video. The GamePad would then receive information on the program the user is watching, such as reviews, screenshots, and real-time stats and info during sporting events. Nintendo TVii would also tie into social media integration, but was most often used with Miiverse.

Shacknews has contacted Nintendo of America for more information, but in the meantime, enjoy the final days of Nintendo TVii, since it's going away in just 18 short days.

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    July 24, 2015 4:07 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Nintendo TVii service will end on August 11

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      July 24, 2015 4:25 PM

      Wow I forgot that existed.

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        July 24, 2015 4:28 PM

        Ditto. I used it once for Sunday Night Football and it was actually pretty neat.

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      July 24, 2015 4:28 PM

      It was a cool concept, but poorly implemented. Interface was slow and unwieldy.

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        July 24, 2015 7:29 PM

        nintendo doesnt do any good interfaces these days :(

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        July 24, 2015 9:23 PM

        Which basically sums up every Nintendo service.

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          July 24, 2015 9:35 PM

          Nah, that's overly harsh. There's a lot about the Wii U that works pretty well these days.

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            July 25, 2015 8:04 AM

            their services on the wii u definitely feel a step below the competition. Online services, store services, etc. Even third party applications dont hold a candle to their console counterparts (netflix, hulu, etc)

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        July 25, 2015 7:37 AM

        agreed. Microsoft got it right by running the cable box through the Xbox, enabling a much more integrated solution.

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      July 24, 2015 6:26 PM

      I can't believe they dedicated a button to it

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      July 24, 2015 7:51 PM

      That was a thing? I figured they never did anything with it. I'm sure it was just terrible.

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        July 24, 2015 8:47 PM

        It wasn't terrible; it was actually a fairly cool idea. But the interface was a little sluggish - just slow enough to make it not as cool as it should have been.

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      July 24, 2015 9:16 PM

      The very few times I ever used it for sports games it was actually pretty cool. Not surprised to see it canned after zero support (non-US or otherwise) ever happened post launch.

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      July 24, 2015 9:41 PM

      I used it for the channel guide a couple times. I thought that was handy.

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      July 27, 2015 6:03 AM

      Nintendo needed to refine this. Also you couldn't take proper screenshot and share on the Miiverse. So WTF?!

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