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Google 'launches' Maps 8-bit for NES - watch

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Google has announced the 'launch' of Google Maps 8-bit for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

As an elaborate April Fool's joke, the company has posted a video and blog post advertising the new version of Maps, designed for the NES.

Google Maps 8-Bit cartridge

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Writing on Google's Lat Long blog, Google Maps software engineer Tatsuo Nomura described Google Maps 8-bit's "beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and timeless soundtrack".

All of these are demonstrated on the accompanying video, which also shows a user blowing on the Nintendo cartridge in order to fix a bug with Maps.

In his blog post, Nomura claimed that the company were concerned 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."

Nomura continued: "With Google Maps 8-bit, you can do all the things you already do on regular Google Maps.

"Search for famous landmarks and sites around the world. Take an epic journey with 8-bit Street View. Get detailed directions to avoid dangerous paths, and battle your way through a world of powerful monsters and mystic treasures."

Watch the 'launch' video for Google Maps 8-bit below:

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