Though few actually have any recollection of Nintendo’s TVii service, the company has announced that they will be discontinuing TVii on the 11th of August.
Initially launched in 2012, just a month after the release of Nintendo’s WII U console, the TVii service was designed to operate as a TV-guide resembling feature, providing WII users with screenshots, reviews and additional information on the program being screened. Of course, the service’s popularity may have suffered tremendously from the fact that it was only made available in North America and Japan.
The announcement was made via Miiverse, where a member of the Nintendo TVii community acknowledged the 3+ years of Nintendo TVii services and let the world know that the service as well as the Nintendo TVii Miiverse community would be ending.
“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 read.
Before its 2012 launch, the Nintendo TVii was viewed as one of the console’s most attractive features. It should have turned the television experience into something robust and social, where users were given the opportunity of tracking the shows they most liked to watch. But much more than that, the TVii would also make suggestions after taking various variables into consideration, it would integrate with the majority of streaming video services and program DVR recordings.
The ensemble sounded impressive. But the reality failed to live up to that which Nintendo had hoped to achieve. One year later, when the Xbox One swooped in with multiple features, such as voice-controlled TV and HDMI pass-through, the TVii already seemed outdated.
As expected, the community wasn’t devastated. Miiverse roared with comments spanning from hilarious to downright mean. Alas, perhaps the future holds silver linings for Nintendo.
Photo credits: Wiiudaily
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