The software, which we previously saw demonstrated at last summer's E3, allows you to view footage of scenic landscapes with full control of where the camera's pointing as the film rolls along. You twist, turn and rotate the GamePad to focus on features that interest you. It's a neat little app, but probably not earth-shattering in the form we've seen so far.
This means that you can pick a location around the globe and view it on the screen in your hands – turning, twisting and rotating your perspective, at StreetView level, to get a better look at the buildings and scenery that surround you. The GamePad's screen stitches the StreetView-level images together for a smooth presentation, and Mr. Iwata suggested that you could take a virtual visit to Nintendo's offices in Japan and America using the software.
Google Maps on Wii U will be free to download for a limited time after its debut in January in Japan. In North America, meanwhile, NOA confirmed a first quarter 2013 release for Google Maps, where it will also be free for a limited time.
The separate Panorama View software, meanwhile, will be a paid Wii U eShop download released sometime in Spring 2013. A free demo version will be provided, though, for those who want to try before they buy.