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UK and American Wii U Users Get Google Street View

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Google Street View arrives on the Wii U.

Nintendo yesterday announced the arrival of Google Maps for Wii U users in North America. Google's mapping application was previously only available for Japanese Wii U users. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced the availability of the service for North American users, however, Pocket-Lint writes that it also works on UK Wii Us.

Dubbed Wii Street U, Nintendo said today that the Google-powered application is now available as a free download for a limited time from the Nintendo eShop. The application taps into the Google Maps service and allows users to get a 360-degree view of locations around the world using the Wii U GamePad. 

Though Google Street View is available on many platforms (web, mobile, etc.), the Wii U implementation is a bit different in that it involves the Wii U GamePad. Users can pan on the Wii U's GamePad tablet and have satellite imagery displayed on their TV in front of them.

No word on how much the application will cost once Nintendo stops giving it away for free. We'll keep you posted on that.

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    master_chen , February 15, 2013 11:12 AM
    >Wii Street U
    What's next, "Wii Strip U"?
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    meat81 , February 15, 2013 11:51 AM
    Wow amazing... i guess this is great because you wouldn't want to game on this system because it is sub-par compared to other offerings....But at least they can navigate!.....? Wouldnt want to "game" on your "gaming system".
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    dark_lord69 , February 15, 2013 1:48 PM
    Great now you can use it to...
    Umm...
    you could.. umm...
    well it's for... umm...
    I have no f**king clue why you would want that on your Wii.
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    slabbo , February 15, 2013 3:12 PM
    you guys obviously haven't used it. it's pretty awesome. try it out for yourself first before throwing your opinion around, because it's making you look like the idiots that you are.
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    kinggraves , February 15, 2013 5:14 PM
    Now your children can go on a virtual vacation while they wait for the Wii U to have games.

    Pretty unimpressed by this month's Nintendo Direct. A lot of cool stuff for 3DS, nothing new for Wii U. Since Ubisoft decided to delay Rayman solely out of greed, this will be a rough month for Wii U owners. March on the other hand could perk up.
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    meat81 , February 15, 2013 6:33 PM
    slabboyou guys obviously haven't used it. it's pretty awesome. try it out for yourself first before throwing your opinion around, because it's making you look like the idiots that you are.


    I got thumbs down but i have used it and its a waste of money for the Wii U. My neighboor has it and he even admits he should have never purchased as its the equivalent of an expansion pack for a game. Nintendo needs the gaming system to play better games and have some beefier specs.
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    slabbo , February 15, 2013 6:41 PM
    meat81I got thumbs down but i have used it and its a waste of money for the Wii U. My neighboor has it and he even admits he should have never purchased as its the equivalent of an expansion pack for a game. Nintendo needs the gaming system to play better games and have some beefier specs.

    you obviously haven't used it. it's a free downloadable app. what are you talking about?
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    bigdog44 , February 16, 2013 1:58 PM
    slabboyou obviously haven't used it. it's a free downloadable app. what are you talking about?

    If its free now, it should continue to be free. It is on every other device. I don't see anyone rushing out to buy a WiiU because it has free Google Maps. It sounds useful for someone with agoraphobia though...