It’s official Google has now released an 8-Bit Google Maps version for NES’s 8-bit video game system. The new video game cartridge comes with a fashionable Google Maps logo that is stylized just like your favorite Nintendo Entertainment Systems games.
Watch the Google Maps in 8-Bit Video Below
A video demo of the Google Maps 8-bit for NES describes the release as: “Google Maps is now available for 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES). Availability in Google Store is TBD but you can try it on your browser by going to http://maps.google.com and clicking “Quest” in the upper right hand corner of the map.”
A trial version that you can access right now on your desktop, laptop or mobile can be found at the official Trial Version link: http://goo.gl/i4onu.
If you’re using Google Maps at any time you can active the new Quest feature by following these directions: To access the 8-bit map you navigate to the location of your choice in Google Maps just like you always would. Put in addresses, city names or navigate to famous landmarks. Once you are there a “QUEST” logo will show up in the right area of Google Maps and will be pixelated in 8-bit format. Just click it and you’re ready to activate the 8-bit Google Maps release.
Many famous landmarks can be accessed through the new 8-bit Maps interface and you can find a lot of suprising things throughout the entire world. There hasn’t been much buzz about how efficient this works on the NES game system but many people are enjoying the new Quest Maps upgrade on their desktops.
Reddit users have enjoyed Google Maps in 8-bit so much that they’ve compiled many popular locations in the world that you can check out yourself. Places like Area 51, The Kremlin, Mount Everest, Statue of Liberty and more. We’re providing a list that some users have compiled below but for the latest updates visit the Reddit comments!
Most popular 8-bit Google Maps Locations:
Parthenon, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Louvre, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Taj Mahal, Colosseum, Washington D.C., Area 51, Sandy Valley, NV – armored knight, The Pyramids at Giza, Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Chichen-itza, The Kremlin, Mount Everest w/ climber, Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty, Table Mountain, South Africa, Alcatraz, Angel of the North, Ayers Rock, Australia, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Buenos Aires Cabildo, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Byodo-In Temple, Cathedral of Learning, CN Tower, Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Daimonji, Eames House, Pacific Palisades, Easter Island Moai, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Louvre, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, NYC, Faneuil Hall, Boston, Fernsehturm, Berlin, Gateway Arch, St. Louis, General Post Office, Dublin, Google HQ Android and T-Rex, Graceland, Great Wall of China, Hamamatsucho Train, Heinz Field (Steelers), Himeji Castle, Hollywood Sign, Horyu-ji, Japan, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japanese Cedar, John Hancock Tower, Boston, Kamakura Buddha, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto University Statue, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Loch Ness Monster, Loring Park, Minneapolis, Maiham Train, Martin Luther King Memorial, MIT, Monona Terrace, Madison WI, Montreal Biosphere and Habitat 67, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya Castle, Naruto Strait Whirlpool, Nazca Lines, Peru, Nelson’s Column, London, Obelisk of Buenos Aires, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, Osaka Castle, Panda, Panda (2), Panda (3), Panda (4), Parthenon, Petronas Twin Towers, Pyramids and Sphinx, Roman Colosseum, Roppongi Tower (?), Roswell UFO, San Francisco Ferry Building, Shibuya Hachiko Statue and Train, Space Needle, Sutro Tower, Sydney Opera House, Taipei 101, Taj Mahal, Tech Tower, Georgia Tech, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, The Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Tokyo Sky Tree, Sensou-ji, Asahi Beer Hall, Tokyo Tower and Cherry Trees, Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, Tower Hall, San Jose State University, Unknown Japanese Building, Walking to the Sky, CMU, White House, Washington Monument, Panda, White Rhino
Leave us a comment of any cool or new locations you found in the new 8-bit Maps version!
If you’ve enjoyed the 8-bit Google Maps make sure you have a great APRIL Fools as well. Happy April Fools on April 1st, 2012.