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The Google-powered Wii Street U service will be discontinued on March 31st 2016. The app will also be removed from the Wii U eShop later this month - January 31st, to be precise.

Originally launched back in 2013, the service allowed Wii U owners to travel the world from the comfort of their living room. "Wii Street U is a great use of the hardware," is what we said when we tried it out in early 2013. "We're really interested to see if Google and Nintendo have any more collaborative efforts tucked up their sleeves."

At the moment, we've only seen Nintendo of Europe mention this, but we're assuming it applies to other regions. We'll update this post when we know for sure.

Here's Nintendo's statement:

We sincerely thank you for your continued support of our company's products and services. We would like to remind Wii U owners that as previously announced, the Wii Street U powered by Google service will be discontinued on March 31st 2016, at 23:59 local time. Once the service is discontinued, this software will not be usable.

To prepare for this, the software will be removed from Nintendo eShop at 23:59 local time on January 31st 2016. Users who have already purchased the software will be able to re-download it until 23:59 local time on March 31st 2016.

We apologise to those of you currently using this service, and we ask for your understanding as we focus our resources in other areas.

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