Google announces Google Maps: 8-Bit for the NES

Posted on April 1, 2012 - 11:00am by Ryan Conway

Google has announced that it will be turning its attention to video game development with the brand-new RPG Google Maps: 8-Bit.  

This new game which combines Google's Map service (complete with Street View) with a clever homage to Dragon Quest, will offer users all of the directions they desire and the ability to explore the entire globe in glorious 8-bit. All they'll need is an NES, a Google Maps: 8-Bit cartridge, and a working Internet connection.

Google was kind enough to provide a full demonstration on its Youtube page:

Members of the game's development team posted the following statement on the official Google blog to express their excitement regarding this bold new (or decades old in this case) gaming frontier:

"In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide." 

The game should hit the Google Store some time in the near future and a "mobile" version is currently in development for the Game Boy.

If you would like to check out the "very real demo,"  just go to the Google Maps page and click the Quest button. It's super cool! 

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