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The Nintendo TVii service will soon be ending. On Miiverse, Nintendo announced that the program is shutting down on August 11 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. That also means that the related community on the social network will be closed as well.

Here’s the complete announcement:


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A new update is now available for Nintendo TVii.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

  • Quicker load times across the service
  • Easier access to your favorite sporting events, now including baseball! Now you can start predicting plays & climbing the leaderboard even faster
  • Enhanced search functionality for all your favorite channels, shows, movies and sports to find out what’s on
  • Increased TV Tag coverage to all shows on the top 70 channels

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Remember how Nintendo was giving out a special jersey as part of a Nintendo TVii contest during the Super Bowl? Now something similar is being done for March Madness.

Those who use Nintendo TVii during March Madness can enter for a chance to win a limited edition Nintendo varsity sweater. The content news was tweeted out a short while ago:


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Those who watch the Super Bowl with Nintendo TVii tomorrow can enter for a chance to win a special, limited edition Nintendo jersey.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared the giveaway news on Twitter just a few minutes ago. He also made note of how Nintendo TVii users can make predictions about the game in real-time and earn high standings on the Leaderboard against other football fans.

The tweets in full:


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Believe it or not, Europe has still yet to receive Nintendo TVii. While North America has had access to the app for over a year, the same can’t be said for Europe.

Nintendo did recently update its official Nintendo TVii UK page with an apology. Additionally, the company said that European Wii U should should “continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future.”

The note in full:

We would like to apologise that we were unable to bring the Nintendo TVii service to Europe in 2013 as originally planned.

Please continue to keep an eye out for further announcements regarding this service in the near future.

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A new update is out now for Nintendo TVii. Users can team up with other fans and earn points by predicting plays, which are tied to leaderboards. TVii has also received an updated remote with easier access to features.

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Nintendo doesn’t plan on putting any of its franchises on smartphones. However, that doesn’t mean the company is opposed to the use of such devices entirely.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, speaking with CNET, spoke about how Nintendo is consistently considering the mobile space from a marketing perspective. He also pointed out the importance of exclusive IPs like Mario and Zelda so that consumers understand they can only experience these series by picking up Nintendo hardware.

“We’re constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle. How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?”

“That’s why we’re so focused on having content exclusive to our platform. When the consumer wants to play Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon, they have to purchase our hardware to do so. And that preserves our overall financial model.”