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Nintendo scraps efforts to bring TVii to European Wii U

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Nintendo has canceled plans to launch the Wii U's TVii service in Europe, citing a range of problems with licensing and localizing several television and streaming video services for use in that region.

Instead, Nintendo of Europe has launched something called the Nintendo Anime Channel, a free video-on-demand service but one that runs only on the 3DS. The Nintendo Anime Channel launched on Friday and is accessed through a free application in the Nintendo eShop.

"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," Nintendo said in a statement. "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."

TVii was available in December 2012 in Japan and North America, shortly after the Wii U's launch. Nintendo said in January 2013 it would launch there "as soon as possible." A year ago, Nintendo UK apologized for not bringing TVii service online.

In addition to the problems with localizing cable television channels in the region, TVii also had problems in Europe finding suitable counterparts or complements to the streaming services that made up TVii's core in North America.