Take a look at the Wii U’s Panoramic feature

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Nintendo Life got to take an extended look at Nintendo’s tablet-enabled Wii you at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. In this video, they demonstrate the console’s ability to generate a real-time, panoramic view of an environment (Tokyo streets, in this case).

While the images on screen are locked to once perspective, moving the Wii U’s controller allows you to look at the scene from all sorts of perspectives – including the road beneath your moving vehicle. It’s some sort of wizardry…but I’m stuck wondering what sort of real applications this might have for gaming. All I can think of right now is some cool, co-operative drive-by shooting or operation of tanks or submarines, or some really intriguing survival horror games – but what else could this really be used for, in a way that adds to the gaming experience and doesn’t come off as gimmicky?

Let’s hear your ideas…

Last Updated: January 16, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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