It is an amazing piece of engineering, but if anyone can do it, Google can. They have come up with a way to get Google Maps on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), with over sixty million of those consoles sold its a no brainer for Google to cater for its users by offering Google Maps in glorious 8 Bit vision. What we cannot understand is why they released it on the 1st April; it is not as if its joke or anything is it?
According to a posting by Tatsuo Nomura, Software Engineer, Google Maps on the Lat Long Blog, he said;
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.
Google Maps for the NES is not available yet, but there is a beta version HERE to try out for size.