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Submitted by 32froshes 865d ago | opinion piece

Why The Hell Does The Wii U Need Google Maps?

Cheat Code Central writes: "Listen, I'm fine with people using their consoles like computers. After all, we keep them stocked with apps and utilities just like any of our other computing devices. But I'm not exactly sure why Nintendo and Google have teamed up to bring Google Maps to the Wii U." (Industry, Nintendo, Wii U)

SandWitch  +   865d ago
Really good question indeed
guitarded77  +   865d ago
I'd rather have a trophy/achievement system.
JoshEngen  +   865d ago
NO kidding.
guitarded77  +   865d ago
Well, I was sick of just talking about wanting a Wii U accomplishment system, so I made an e-mail petition... please sign it... it will auto e-mail Nintendo asking for an accomplishment system. If we desire it more than Google maps, we should at least ask for it.

http://originalgamster.com/...
mamotte  +   865d ago
"The more, the better"
mcstorm  +   865d ago
I agree. Why dose the ps3 xbox or wiiu need a browser? They dont but its an option for people to use the same as maps netflix music and more.
LightofDarkness  +   865d ago
Because AYPPPZZZ!

But seriously, because it's an app, a trendy word, a very common app at that, and management types use buzzwords more than sense while they make decisions. At least most of them do.
JoshEngen  +   865d ago
But could it mean that Google has something else up their sleeve?
krazykombatant  +   865d ago
Ummm maybe the family is looking to go out, so whilst you play, you stop for a sec, and see places to go to and how to get there..... Like come on guys, thats like saying "ohh why is there a web browser on the WiiU." why the hell not?? Yeah you can use your computer but this is another means of access.
zebramocha  +   865d ago
I think the complaints stem from the wiiu being a home console so a feature like this doesn't make sense because the game pad is not a portable.
krazykombatant  +   865d ago
how is it not a portable??? you can go from room to room can you not??? It's more portable than the other consoles.
RuperttheBear  +   865d ago
I use Google maps at home from time to time to get a rough idea of a route I need to take, just to see what motorways I'll be needing to use. So it does come in handy.
SandWitch  +   864d ago
@krazykombatant
Do you use maps to tavel from room to room?
sreiches  +   865d ago
If I'm going out, I'm doing Google Maps on a smartphone or tablet because I want to have the directions and map with me (preferably one with 3G). Having it on the TV or gamepad seems a tad silly.
neogeo  +   865d ago
Because it does tun by turn directions in a Van or RV home?
CRASHBASHUK  +   865d ago
well lets hope this does a lot better then apples tomtom maps lol
knocknock  +   865d ago
First there was google maps, then there was google street view, now new google home view, navigate your house like never before! Google next gen invasion of privacy at your finger tips!
ozzywazzy  +   865d ago
As a fellow gamer put it:

"whoooaaaah!!, thats so harcore reggie!

Nope."

The more apps the bigger the selling point regardless how out of tune they may be.
Kamikaze  +   865d ago
probably just because
sandman224   865d ago | Personal attack | show
SovereignSnaKe  +   865d ago
-Hey some of us are natural cartographers and just like to look at maps and shit! :D
JoshEngen  +   865d ago
Yeah. You and my grandpa would get along. Except he hates technology. so it's paper maps only.
punishing1  +   865d ago
I work in a Geospatial Engineering office...so yeah. :)
Oh_Yeah  +   865d ago
I could understand if it were able to use 3G/4G but it can't.. Then we have phones for that.. And then again, it has a browser you can look at this on. So why the app? Haha they should focus on getting an accomplishment system and not this crap.
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_LarZen_  +   865d ago
Why?

Because it's a really cool thing, that's why!

I think it's a good thing that Nintendo is bringing this to the Wii U, now families can sitt down with the children showing them the world.

And personaly I find it really interesting using the down on the ground feature, I have never been in New York but thanks to Google Maps I have "walked" around taking in the sights.

So im glad this is coming and im looking forward to the guided tours they talked about, one was a buss guide in London I think? Fun stuff indead!
Hanuman  +   865d ago
Uhhm.. for people with mobile homes?
mshope10  +   865d ago
I would bet a million dollars if this was on ps3 or 360 people would say it the best thing in the world and have no prob with it.

but its on wii-u and people have acted like its the worst thing in the world.

guess what don't download it!its that simple.why is something so small getting so much attention it makes people seem like jealous crybabies!

wii-u is getting Google maps oh no what how will the world go on?
SandWitch  +   864d ago
I would bet 2 mils if this was on PS3/360 you would say it's uselles crap.
Nevers0ft  +   865d ago
ok, it's mostly useless for actually planning a journey considering it's neither portable or capable of exporting or printing the directions... But who wouldn't get a kick out of switching to street view, standing up and panning around with the gamepad at some famous landmarks?

Hell, if it's cold outside, I might just use it to simulate going for a walk instead of real exercise ;)
RuperttheBear  +   865d ago
Does it really matter? No one will need to pay for it, and no one has to use it. So why does it bother anyone?
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christheredhead  +   865d ago
Maybe we can start complaining about how Google lets you view maps from your desktop as well. That would make for a good follow up article.

It seems like it would be common sense as to why, especially with the tablet layout and touch screen design. Kind of a dumb question in my opinion.
Erdrick  +   865d ago
it's obviously there so you can find out where people live if they trash talk you in-game...
corrus  +   865d ago
HAHAHAHA Nintendo are really stupid Google maps useless thing
tweet75  +   865d ago
why do consoles need web browsers...im sure most console owners do as i do...sit with there laptop next to them as they are gaming and if they want to surf the net or do anything online they just pause the game and reach for the laptop
ChickeyCantor  +   865d ago
This is exactly the problem why people fail to see why it might be useful.

The first thing you say is "do as I do". Not everyone turns their laptop on when they are gaming. In fact not everyone is a "Gamer" like you.

Obviously this whole product is not made for people [just] like you.

The browser is handy because you don't need to swap devices. It's just a convenience. And good one too if you need to look up a walk-trough.

I can't believe people make an issue out of this. No one is forcing you to use it. It's just there for you to use it. Nothing more nothing less.
jacksheen0000  +   865d ago
Google maps sounds like a great Idea.

Though, I think Nintendo want to improve the Wii U's online/social network by adding Google maps.

Lets say you want to find out where someone lives(state) on your wii U's friends list..then all you have to do is click on their name and Google maps will display the distance between you and your friend on the wii U's game Pad.

I also think it would be a good idea if Google maps can tell you where all the best discounts are in your area.

Google maps should be useful if you want to have an idea how far your friends are to determine the best signal strength to avoid any game delay or hiccup.

I guess there might be more...just can't think of it right now.

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