Google Map Launches Nintendo-style 8-bit Update for April Fools'
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Just in time for April Fool's day, Google has released an "update" for Google Maps, dubbed Google Maps 8-bit version, similar to that of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), or Family Computer that was popular in the 1980s. Google also created an introduction video to show how to connect Google Maps to a NES using a 56k dial-up modem and the video even includes some troubleshooting tips such as "blowing on the cartridge."
"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems," writes Tatsuo Nomura, software engineer with Google Maps, at the application's official blog. "With the power of Google's immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps. Today, we're excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack."
Accessing 8-bit Quest Maps is easy. Just head over to Google Maps and simply click the "Quest" box in the top right corner. Then the company warns (jokingly): "Your system may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations." But in true Google tradition, the 8-bit map isn't just for show. You can still use Google Maps to perform its normal functions and even driving directions are still available.
"As the first NES cartridge to be released in nearly 18 years, we're working hard to make Google Maps 8-bit for NES available in the Google Store as soon as possible. A mobile version for Game Boy is also under development," Google Maps software engineer Tatsuo Nomura said on the Google's Lat Long blog.