Please Understand, etc
"We're not allowed nice things here in Europe." This is fast becoming a rallying cry here at Dealspwn.com, but it's easy to feel cheated when so many companies don't release products and services on our shores. Nintendo TVii is a case in point: their streaming, community-driven Wii U application that draws numerous content providers into a single hub accessible directly from the dashboard, providing a new way to consume and interact with the telly we watch.
Well, in the US and Japan, at least. A whole year has passed since the Wii U first launched, with nary a hint of TVii making its way to Europe despite the broken icon stubbornly taunting us every time we glance down at the GamePad. And, erm, a promise to deliver in 2013.
But some recent rumblings from Nintendo suggest that we haven't been entirely forgotten about.
Nintendo Life recently noticed an update on Nintendo's official UK site. "We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned," the statement reads.
"Please continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future."
It's hardly ideal, but at least Nintendo have seen fit to acknowledge the delay and suggested that we might - might - hear more about a European rollout soon.
So why the lengthy delay? It all comes down to sales, really. It's clear that the PAL territory wasn't a major concern for the Big N over the last twelve months considering an embarrassingly slow uptake, but hopefully enough punters bought a Wii U over Christmas to make it worth bringing TVii to the UK. If the likes of Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, X and Bayonetta 2 can get even more consoles into British lounges, Nintendo will eventually wake up and take notice.
What's more, TVii would help to round out the Wii U and give the console another feather in its cap. With a selection of excellent first-party games, a unique streaming service and classic IPs to leverage, every little would help. We hope that Nintendo stops sitting on their hands very soon - and that they actually decide to effectively market the service if and when they do.
To be perfectly frank, though, we'd like Microsoft to implement Xbox One's OneGuide here in Europe first. And perhaps fix the 50Hz/60Hz output issue while they're at it.