Google Reaches out to Retro Gamers

Google Maps is available on a wide range of platforms, from Windows to Android to Mac OSX. However, there’s one incredible successful platform (over 60 million sold worldwide) that up until now has been sadly neglected. It seems Google has finally realized this, and is adding support for said platform: The Nintendo Entertainment System.

Announced from the official Google Maps blog yesterday, the feature seeks to allow consumers to view Google Maps on their NESs, even those with old fashioned dial-up internet. The interface has been simplified and streamlined to match the admittedly dated specs of the NES, without compromising Google Maps’ core functionality. Plotting out routes and looking up locations are both still quite easily accomplished.

Don’t have an NES? Not a problem! Google has added the new functionality to the web version of Google Maps as well, temporarily. Just go to Google Maps and click on Quest, on the top right.

(And yes, for those of you who hadn’t gotten it, this is an April Fools Day Prank).

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Andy Mercer
Andy Mercer is an undergraduate Civil Engineering student at Purdue University. Currently employed by ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue), he is interested in web design and programming. In his spare time he enjoys killing zombies and playing his 360.