Think Google is an innovative company? Sure its eponymous search engine, maps, Android and even YouTube were game changers. But you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Check out Google’s most groundbreaking announcement yet: Google Maps 8-bit.
Despite the long-standing popularity of the Nintendo (NES), Google unthinkingly left its legions of users in the dark. To remedy this, Google has finally redeemed itself by designing and building a Google Maps interface just for them.
We almost gave up hope.
"Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems," Google mentions in its Lat Long Blog. “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.”
The full NES cartridge version will be available in stores soon, so get those NES systems out of the attic. Bad news if you already jumped the gun and made the switch to HDTV. The NES system is optimized for cathode ray screens. Bummer.
Fortunately, Google has a limited trial available for the desktop. Be sure to watch the instructional video for key tips on optimizing the new interface. For instance, almost all bugs can be fixed by ejecting the cartridge and blowing on it. The dial-up technology takes care of the rest. Makes you wonder why Apple can’t get its act together too.
(Of course, this latest Google development will do little to please devotees of Commodore 64s, Intellivision, Atari, Colecovision or the Magnavox Odyssey2. Screw ‘em. Some people just never learn.)
Click the image below to check out this groundbreaking application:
P.S. It’s already April — you’d be a Fool not to check this out.