"We're not allowed nice things here in Europe." I've said it before again and again, and as is so often the case usual suspects Nintendo are behind it with their rallying cry of "please understand."
Remember Nintendo TVii? This ambitious streaming community-driven Wii U application was supposed to pull numerous TV content providers into a single convenient hub, complete with social functions and at-a-glance channel hopping.
What we need to understand now, however, is that it's officially never coming to Europe now. To be honest, most of us already figured that out months ago, but at least we've finally got some confirmation.
"At Nintendo of Europe, we continue to challenge ourselves to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy. Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, regrettably we have taken the decision not to launch the Nintendo TVii service within the European region," reads a statement on Nintendo's official site.
"Although on this occasion we did not anticipate such challenges, we will always strive to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all our users to enjoy."
To be honest, since the Wii U already offers "a range of entertaining experiences" otherwise known as games, we're not feeling too sore about it, while the Xbox One is enjoying only limited success with its similar service. I hope that they'll at least finally delete the icon off of the GUI!