Google's Wii Street U App Free For Now on eShop

Google's Wii Street U App Free For Now on eShop

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Wii Street U, a Google Maps-style app developed by Google, is now available for free on the Wii U.

Bringing another little extra bit of functionality to the mix for Wii U gamers, Google's Wii Street U app is now available on the Nintendo eShop. Though powered by software similar to Google Maps, Wii Street U promises to be geared more toward entertainment. Central will be the option to enter a mode similar to Google's Street View where the player (said loosely) can enter a location into the Wii U GamePad and then use the built in motion controls to take a stroll and a gander at real-world environments recorded and generated by Google.

While it's always nice to see consoles adopting new and expanded functionality, it's a bit hard to see Wii Street U as much more than a potential bullet point for future advertising. Why use Wii Street U to look up a location when you could do it more conveniently on a smart phone? Not to mention the fact that the Wii U GamePad isn't exactly the most portable of creature. Outside of plotting a course from your living room to the kitchen, I can't think of many other uses for a Wii U-based map program.

Moreover, while the ability to explore real-world locations from the comfort of your couch might have some novelty, you have to wonder how it's at all superior to just going outside. The great outdoors might not have touch controls and high definition visuals but there are things like smell, sunlight and face-to-face human contact to consider.

Curious gamers can download Wii Street U for free from the Nintendo eShop, but should be quick about it. After March 31st, 2013 you'll need to pay if you want to explore the world with your television.

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Wii Street U

WHO CAME UP WITH THIS NAME!?

In fact who created any of this concept? Sure it's free now (like regular Google Maps that you can get on pretty much any device with an internet connection) but they want you to pay after March?

I'm seeing less compelling arguments for the Wii U every day.

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Google's Wii Street U App Free For Now on eShop

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Wii Street U, a Google Maps-style app developed by Google, is now available for free on the Wii U.

Bringing another little extra bit of functionality to the mix for Wii U gamers, Google's Wii Street U app is now available on the Nintendo eShop. Though powered by software similar to Google Maps, Wii Street U promises to be geared more toward entertainment. Central will be the option to enter a mode similar to Google's Street View where the player (said loosely) can enter a location into the Wii U GamePad and then use the built in motion controls to take a stroll and a gander at real-world environments recorded and generated by Google.

While it's always nice to see consoles adopting new and expanded functionality, it's a bit hard to see Wii Street U as much more than a potential bullet point for future advertising. Why use Wii Street U to look up a location when you could do it more conveniently on a smart phone? Not to mention the fact that the Wii U GamePad isn't exactly the most portable of creature. Outside of plotting a course from your living room to the kitchen, I can't think of many other uses for a Wii U-based map program.

Moreover, while the ability to explore real-world locations from the comfort of your couch might have some novelty, you have to wonder how it's at all superior to just going outside. The great outdoors might not have touch controls and high definition visuals but there are things like smell, sunlight and face-to-face human contact to consider.

Curious gamers can download Wii Street U for free from the Nintendo eShop, but should be quick about it. After March 31st, 2013 you'll need to pay if you want to explore the world with your television.

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I have actually found it to be very useful. I am moving to Japan next year, so I loaded up a section of Shibuya and looked around the streets, learning the lay of the land and where stores were located (at the time). It also helped me read some of the signs and let me practice my Hiragana/Katagana skills that I have been steadily honing in the past few years.

It has quite a few applications, although "entertaining" I wouldn't necessarily call it. It is a useful tool for certain situations like mine, though.

I have seen pictures of this 'outside' on the Google but never before have I thought of visiting there. Perhaps with this I can map a route to the nearest... Holid-ayinn?

I am definitely checking this out when I get home. I haven't fired up my WiiU in over a month...I'll probably need an update lol

 

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