Google Maps goes retro to 8-bit for April Fool's Day

Google Maps goes retro to 8-bit for April Fool's Day
As an hilarious April Fool's joke, Google is allowing you a look at its current maps but in an 8-bit format that brings to mind all of those original NES RPG games. If you type in an address on Google Maps, you will get the map just as you always do. Type "Quest" on the right side of the map and it becomes an homage to those old 8-bit games of your childhood. When you enter the "Quest" password, you might receive this message: "Your system may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations," which is a joke, of course.

The map below is the 8-bit Google Maps representation of New York City, so you can see exactly what we are talking about here. We're not sure how long Google will leave this up for, but it could be down as soon as Monday morning. If you want to be amused, you might want to check out a number of locations on Sunday.

New York City as an 8-bit Google Map

New York City as an 8-bit Google Map


Continuing the joke, Google released a video touting this new 8-bit Google Maps for NES. For a surefire belly laugh, click on the video below.

source: SlashGear


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9 Comments

1. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

This recalls me of NEO GEO. AMSTRAD 464. SEGA.... The 90s.... ATARI. COMMODORE. AMIGA... SPECTRUM...

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Priceless!

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your welcome! :) i think they should leave it up. its funny. i navigated all over the place last night in 8 bit. lolz

4. salic

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Dragon warrior, best RPG ever!

5. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

....because this has everything to do with phones....

8. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Becuz most people use their phones for navigation. Some people just are just alittle slow sometimes.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your right.. google and navigation have nothing to do with phones. gawd phone arena, u should know better than to post anything about google or navigation!! tisk tisk!

6. madman26

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

7. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That is a great idea. Lol.

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