Saturday, March 31, 2012

Google Maps 8-bit version for NES: April Fools arrives a day early in Mountain View

It appears that April Fools is here, at least if you ask Google. Today the company introduced its "latest" build of Google Maps, dubbed Google Maps 8-bit version, tailored specifically for the Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Google, this version of Maps will come in the form of a special NES cartridge that can connect to the internet via dial-up. This apparently allows most of the heavy lifting to get done on Google's servers, where the maps are rendered to 8-bit form "in real-time." Better yet, it even supports voice search. Naturally, there's no word on a release date, but you can currently check out the "beta" by visiting Google Maps in your browser and selecting "Start Your Quest." That said, that company warns that "your system may not meet the minimum requirements for 8-bit computations", but something tells me that it won't require a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.

Engadget check this out, and found an Area 51.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments.

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