It looks like Nintendo will be shutting down the Wii U’s Google Maps service as of March 31, 2016. That is, according to the company’s web site. As the company puts it:
“Thank you for your use and support of this software. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Once service is discontinued, this software will not be usable”
So if you’re one of those Wii U owners who happen to take advantage of the service, you’ll only have a few short months to do so, before Nintendo renders the app useless. Originally, the app launched in 2013 as a free download. Sometime between then and now, the gaming company decided to charge $5 USD for it, although sales of the app will stop come the end of the day today, Jan. 31.
Whether or not it’s available for download after that is anyone’s guess, given its soon-to-be departed state we’d guess probably not. Wii Street U, as it’s called, is powered by Google and its mapping service. The app uses Maps’ functionality and puts it on the user’s television screen and allows users to navigate it via the GamePad.
“It’s an immersive experience that will make you feel like you’re actually there, and it’s only possible on Wii U console,” Nintendo said.
Wii Street U is next in the line of Wii U features to be shut down or halted. Nintendo also shut down the Wii U’s TVii last summer after its three year operational run. It could be that each of the apps are under utilized and that’s why Nintendo decided to remove them. It could also be the gaming company is focusing its attention toward its new console, codenamed NX.
That’s rumored to drop later this year and developers are said to be working on it. Regardless, you should get your fill of the Wii U’s Google Maps Service before it shuts down in the next two months or so.
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