Nintendo's Shutting Down Wii U TVii Next Month

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After nearly three years of letting Wii U owners in North America and Japan awkwardly interact with cable and streaming video services via their game pads, Nintendo TVii is officially going off the air on August 11. Everyone try to stay calm.


One of the Wii U console’s most promising pre-launch features, Nintendo TVii promised to turn television watching into a robust social experience, tracking user’s favorite shows, making suggestions based on familial preferences, integrating with all of the major streaming video services, programming DVR recordings and acting as a second screen experience on the Wii U game pad. It sounded pretty amazing.

It wasn’t really. It was awkward and fumbling and a year later the Xbox One came along with its HDMI pass-through and voice-controlled TV watching and made Nintendo TVii look silly.

So yeah, six months after Nintendo of Europe gave up trying to get TVii working in its territory altogether, the service is shutting down completely. The news arrived, as most important news does, via Miiverse.

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 community, as expected, is devastated. From the Miiverse comments:

You guys realize all we are losing is an under used community and a tv guide right? Cause that’s really all Nintendo TVii is, a tv guide. You can also comment on shows as they air, but like I said. The community was under used. Most shows were a ghost town.


Maybe not devastated.

are you really killing miiverse but I love miiverse it is where we can show our accomplishments with the world :’(


Somewhat confused?

I almost never used Nintendo TVii since I first got my Wii U in late 2012, therefore I don’t mind that it’s going away. Before the system was released, it was hyped to compete with the other TV cable boxes, yet it’s shutting down prematurely now. Who needs TV channels when we got Internet for allowing us to access pretty much every information TV would provide?


Every information.


He was actually 2nd.

For the next mario and luigi game, They should include guest stars (Sonic, tails, knuckles, amy, Spyro, mega man, pac man, Twilight sparkle and wreck it ralph) As playable characters as well as yoshi and peach, as a costumizible team.


I’d play it.

Aww man. I was one of the few Wii U owners who actually used this function. It was innovative and cool. I loved watching WWE Wrestling and using the game pad as I was watching it.


There we go! Not so much devastation as mild despondence, but we’ll take it.

Good night, sweet Nintendo TVii service. We never even got used to saying your name. I leave you with these moving words from the end of Watership Down.


“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.”



My Wii-U which hasn’t been played much, so I don’t know why it’s broken, has this nifty problem of having every game DL’d from the E-Store crash on install. This gets even more frustrating when a 1.6gb game takes 90min to DL because Nintendo is too cheap to put an Ethernet port in their console and only does 2.4ghz wifi. Contrast that with my consoles and PC getting a 30gb DL rate and a 25gb game taking about 12 minutes to fully come through, and the lack of Ethernet port is even more frustrating.

So; I send it to warranty repair. Nintendo, being a cheap company, sends my unit to a 3rd service repair shop somewhere in Chatsworth, CA. To be fair, the system came back super fast. With a replaced PCB and everything. Did it fix the problem? Not at all. Sending it back in again to get them to deal with Error Code 105-3733.

I’m sick of Nintendo being gaming’s equivalent of Apple. Selling old hardware in a shiny package for a profit. Cutting corners on Ethernet ports on a console and then having limited wifi access is too much. Between that, the console needing two repairs, the trickle of games and the asinine tying of accounts to actual consoles - I hate to say it, but unless their next console has some amazing feature or game that I have to play that’s not named Zelda, I’m done with Nintendo. I want them to succeed, I hope they win me back. But the older I get, time gets more precious and shit like cutting Ethernet ports to save costs to make a profit, so the end result means it takes 100x longer of my time to download a game than it should, I can’t deal with that anymore.

Here’s to hoping they get it right the next time. I like the system, I can’t wait to play Zelda and Splatoon and the Wonderful 101 and try that Art Academy Studio. But they’re all E purchased and my console can’t install the games. Now I’m off to go ship this sucker for the second time.

Thanks for letting me vent. Not trying to Troll. This is some frustrating shit. And this company needs to get their hardware act right and stop being cheap. I could understand it if they’re broke as a company. But they’re not. They’re sitting on a pile of cash. So make the right console and take the loss on hardware profits like Sony and MS and ensure a smooth and hassle free experience for the customer. If they’d do that, they’d get more third party support and if they could release first party games past a trickle, they’d be surging in profits. But they’d rather play it safe and hide the $$ in the old hardware sales. But the old hardware sucks quality wise and now you guys are bleeding long time customers and fans who want you to succeed. I feel like I’m pleading with an alcoholic relative to get it together and they’re just being drunk and stubborn.

Sober up, Mario. Your hardware quality sucks.

Good Times....