It’s with a heavy heart that I must tell you that the Wii U’s strange television guide Nintendo TVii is shutting down on August 11, an announcement that is sure to sadden dozens around the globe. The service began on the heels of the Wii U launch, positioning the system’s GamePad as a second screen TV guide that let users browse for content across cable, satellite, and on-demand services.
Nintendo TVii also incorporated social media functionality, allowing users to share their thoughts over Twitter, Facebook, and Miiverse; and a doodle mode for drawing over the on-screen action.
As for why the service is shutting down, Nintendo says “every service has a life cycle, and it is time to focus our resources on other projects,” noting Wii U users can continue watching programs via Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Crunchyroll on their systems.
The announcement was made on the Nintendo Miiverse from Sarah, a member of the Nintendo TVii community. After three years, Nintnedo will be shuttering the Nintendo TVii service and the community within the Miiverse on August 11th at 3:00 PT. Sarah of Nintendo said the following:
“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.”
The announcement follows another Nintendo UK made earlier this year, noting Nintendo TVii would not be coming to Europe as originally planned, citing “the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems.”
In news that is probably more pertinent to the vast majority of people that never used the service, Nintendo plans to remove the TVii icon from the Wii U menu as part of a future system update.