Service for Wii Street U, a paid eShop application that brings Google Street View to GamePads, will be discontinued worldwide on March 31, 2016.
Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata showed off a demonstration of Wii Street U when the software was announced during the December 2012 Nintendo Direct. Iwata shared pre-recorded footage with fans, which saw him traveling from a train station in Kyoto, Japan to Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Specific reasons are not clear as to why Nintendo is discontinuing service for the Wii Street U application. However, the following notice was placed on Nintendo of America’s website earlier today:
“Service for this software will be discontinued at 8:00 p.m. PT on 3/31/2016. Once service is discontinued, this software will not be usable. Thank you for your use and support of this software. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
As a result, a new Wii U system update will be distributed to Wii U owners to remove the application’s icon from the Wii U HOME Menu — much like how Nintendo handled the removal of Nintendo TVii in August 2015.
Interestingly, Wii Street U is not currently listed on the Wii U eShop in North America.
If you would like to see Mr. Iwata’s demonstration, check out the video below.