A new application that brings Nintendo and Google together to allow users to travel the world using their Wii U GamePad controller, is now available as a free download in the Nintendo eShop. Wii Street U powered by Google offers the map data and 360° panoramic Street View images gathered by Google for a unique form of virtual exploration only possible on Wii U.
The Wii U GamePad is integrated with Street View in innovative and accessible ways: use the touch screen to type in exact addresses to fly to favourite places, and thanks to the motion sensors inside the controller users can move it 360° to enjoy the entire view of sights around the world.
The whole family can join in, as the 360° window on the world is displayed on the TV screen in the living room. Go anywhere or ask Nintendo to be a guide, with recommended places to visit built into the application for easy access.
Wii U is the latest home console from Nintendo and through the innovative Wii U GamePad controller offers more choice and variety of game play than ever before. The Wii U GamePad offers an integrated second screen and can also be used independently of the TV set with certain software; it also features motion controls, an inbuilt camera, microphone and stylus for more detailed touch screen controls.
Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps that allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. In order to provide such 360° panoramic imagery, Google developed their own camera systems and now have a number of platforms for capturing imagery.
The most common of course is the Street View car but they also have Snowmobiles and Tricycles, and most recently, they introduced the Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. Since being launched in 2007, Street View imagery is now available for more than 3,000 cities across 47 countries and even includes a slice of Antarctica.
Wii Street U powered by Google is now available for Wii U and is free to download for a limited time via the Nintendo eShop.