April Fool's Day: 8 bit Google maps will have you nostalgic for the NES

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8 bit map.jpgGoogle has a gift for you on April Fool's Day. The site's map page has an 8 bit quest on its site, that will bring you back to the days of the NES. Nintendo fans will remember how important the maps were in 8 bit games. Now you can trek across the 8 bit world and even fight monsters.

On the main page of Google Maps, in the upper right corner is the 8 bit graphic. Click on "Quest" and venture out into the country. The maps pay homage to the classic game "Dragon Warrior."

"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems," writes Tatsuo Nomura, software engineer with Google Maps. "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."

You can check out all the major world landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal. Check out Google's spoof video below.

Photo/Video credit: Google