Great news for all gamers today, Google is launching Google Maps for 8bit devices, such as NES, and there is a version for Game Boy in development right now! Here is an image of the new cartridge:
This is a great step in backward compatibility with one of the first mass used computer systems in the world.
In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized 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.
Our engineering team in Japan understood the importance of maps on retro game systems. With the power of Google’s immense data centers, and support from Nintendo and Square Enix, we were able to overcome the technical and design hurdles of developing 8-bit maps. Today, we’re excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.
There is also a great video presentation, demonstrating how you can use the new 8bit version:
There is also a playable beta version embedded here, but be careful with dragons:
Sorry, they closed this version, so no more preview.