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