For 8-Bit Fans, Google Maps Goes Low-Tech for April 1

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My hometown, in 8-bit. Image: maps.google.com

A funny thing happened when I went to Google Maps and zoomed in on the Street View of my hometown. In fact, the entire world has been transformed into an 8-bit universe.

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Who are those kids by the Eiffel Tower? Image: maps.google.com

Google says its new Quest feature is their update for the NES, previewing for one day only on the Google Maps page.

  • View 8-bit landmarks
  • Be a hero, explore the world
  • Find hidden monsters
8-bit Quest Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not meet the minumum requirements for 8-bit computations.

Watch the video below for an explanation:

As always, Google’s April Fool’s efforts are worth a smile.

Now, where did they put those monsters…

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