Is not it a bit early to call winners, but not many technology companies will be able to top the Google’s really smart, funny and new ways to April Fools Day 2012th All other gag will seem a bit half-hearted at Google’s 8-bit maps view reminiscent of the nostalgic game that early Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.
Google Maps team put up an introductory service for the new view in the morning, explains: “We realized that we could have left a large number of users could not access Google Maps on his classic hardware. Surprisingly, the NintendoEntertainment System (NES) was not supported, despite its immense popularitywith over 60 million units sold worldwide. ”in the accompanying video, explainsGoogle’s engineers how to custom NES ’obsolete hardware to connect toGoogle’s servers.” Blow on the cartridge to fix bugs “Tatsuo Nomura, softwareengineer, deadpans.
For those without a working NES handy, you can sample the pixelated user interface by going to Google Maps and click the box in the upper right cornerlabeled “Quest”. Features directions, zoom levels and also Street View stillworking more or less as usual, but the smaller streets are not shown because ofthe size of the old school pixel tiles.
You can easily waste the whole day searching the map, hand drawn and pixel artversions of many famous landmarks (and some not-so-famous ones), but if youwant to save some time blogger Ben Garvey has created quite a thorough cheat sheet noted locations. Google says there are also some fictional monsters hidden in the Quest view-Senior Games Editor Kyle Orland found one here if you do not mind destroying the hunt.
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