Google Goes 8-bit With First NES Title [Video]

We haven’t exactly hit April Fool’s Day as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped Google from jumpin on the lulz bandwagon. And I’ll have to say that this is, by far, one of the funniest April Fool’s Day gags I’ve ever seen. Combining the usefulness of Google Maps with the stability of the Nintendo Entertainment System, we are given what could be the only way we should map out our routes.

In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn’t access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide.

Google is clearly behind on their attempt in the Nintendo realm. With the NES being released in the US around 27 years ago, they have some catching up to do. As of writing this, we still have no release in the Google Store, but there are rumors that we’ll be seeing a mobile version for the Game Boy soon after the NES release. With 8-bit technology and the power of dial up, Google really has something special on their hands

A beta version has gone live, all you’ll need to do is head on over to maps.google.com and click on the ‘Quest’ button at the top right and you will instantly be given an 8-bit rendering of the map.


Source: Google Lat Long Blog | Via: Google Maps