For April Fools’ day 2012 the Google Maps team and Square-Enix teamed up to give Google Maps (and Street View) an 8-bit look.
The vid is hilarious. they brought out a Nintendo Famicom (Family Computer) and everything.
From the Google Maps page.
- View 8-bit landmarks
- Be a hero, explore the world
- Find hidden monsters8-bit Quest Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not meet the minumum requirements for 8-bit computations.
The above shows what my area looks like when the Quest Mode is enabled.
When you turn on Street view the blue warrior is placed onto the 8-bit map. The actual street view image also goes into an 8-bit color mode.
What a section of Chicago looks like in the 8-bit view.
I have no clue what those two kids represent though. Anyway. Have an interesting April Fools’ Day this year.