Google Announces Google Maps -- For The Nintendo Entertainment System

The undisputed Internet-age leader in April Fools' hoaxes gets a one-day head start on its latest gag — a brilliant announcement video for "Google Maps 8-Bit" a port of the popular, well, map service to the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicon.

Not only is the video a first rate production — including a period-perfect 1980s Japanese family, with original Famicom and controllers (that they're happy to show off.) The 'game' they concocted also appears to be an homage to Dragon Quest II judging by the title screen (according to commenter OtakuMan24). And yes, there is the requisite blowing-on of cartridges.

Being Google, there is a second stage to this gag. Google Maps itself has been re-skinned in 8-bit form. Just go to Maps and click on the "quest" button in the upper right corner of the map. Now you can see what your hometown looks like if it was in The Legend of Zelda. Drag the little warrior character to your route and it brings up a pixelated, primary colour street view, too.

[h/t to Vitor for spotting this!]


    How do you get the 8-bit street view to work? I'm in the 8-bit map, but I only get the normal street view.

      You zoom all the way in for the street view to work. It looks rather...colourful.

        Like I said, that just gives me the normal street view.

          Ok, I've figured it out -- you only get the 8-bit street view if you're using the old version of Google Maps, not the newer MapsGL version. The old version uses flash for street view, the new version uses webgl.

    Oh man! I wish this wasn't a April Fools joke.

      Oh dang! I'm an idiot

    Not 'one-day-head-start', it's from Google Japan, which, you guessed it, is a day behind just like Australia. When will Americans learn that the world doesn't revolve around them?

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