Google continues to amaze me with its innovative ideas of April fools pranks that I would actually want. This year Google is no slouch as Tatsuo Nomura,
Software Engineer, Google Maps and Ken Tokusei Product Management Director unveiled Google Maps 8-bit for NES.
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.
Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. 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.
I almost caught myself willing this into existence. But Fear not! if you want to actually experience Google Maps in 8-bit just click on this link to see it in all its 8-bit glory!