Saturday, March 31, 2012

Google Maps now launched on 8 bit NES!

We have an awesome new launch: Google Maps for the 8 bit Nintendo Entertainment System!

Some nice highlights from the press:

“Google has done it again. Just in time for April Fool's Day, Google has introduced Google Maps Quest, a retro 8-bit version of its mapping tool that is... totally awesome. In a characteristically whimsical video, available above, Google employees introduce the new version for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), replete with finicky cartridge and 8-bit music.” -- Timothy Stenovec, Huffington Post

“Google Maps transformed into a gamer’s paradise Sunday, adding an 8-bit layer filled with landmarks and gaming characters to its virtual globe. Quest, described as “Google Maps 8-bit for NES,” became an instant hit and immediately had fans hunting for gems within the world of large-colored pixels.” -- Brian Anthony Hernandez, Mashable

“Maps 8-bit for NES (and soon Game Boy!) is the dream cartridge for the sentimental gamer who still totes around her classic Nintendo Entertainment System. The application features low-res graphics, an 8-bit-themed soundtrack, and even monsters.” -- Jennifer Van Grove, VentureBeat

“Users can even view landmarks in 8-bit form, including the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore. Fortunately, no Slimes were encountered during our journey. Google has also posted a great video walkthrough on YouTube of the spoof application for NES, including troubleshooting tips such as "blowing on the cartridge." -- Brett Molina, USA Today

“Ever wanted to make your next long-distance journey seem that little bit more epic? Well now you can, thanks to a new 8-bit version of Google Maps. Similar in style to old Enix (now Square Enix) games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) era, this new way to view Google Maps will definitely give your next journey that sense of adventure.” - Chris Brandrick, PCWorld

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