Google unveils revolutionary new version of Maps for NES

It's a moment we've all feared: we need to get somewhere, but we need directions. We fire up the computer and the internet is down. You can't make it to Google Maps, so what do you do? Maybe you try your tablet. It's down too. In desperation, you pull your smartphone out - your carrier also happens to be down at the moment. There's a chance you have a GPS system in your car, but as luck would have it, that also happens to be down. Thankfully, Google knows what to do.

Say hello to Google Maps for NES. It's the service you know and love, but for your NES. The Nintendo Entertainment System might have released in 1985 but don't let that tell you you're out of luck. Far from it, actually. Now you can load up your maps and see where you need to go using the console which may (or may not) have defined a significant portion of your childhood gaming.

In a subtle parody of just about every classic RPG game ever released, Google has added the 'Quests' functionality'. Now you, or your RPG-addicted friends, can find their way around and live out the fantasy of being in Dragon Quest. Inside Google Maps there is now a third button, which will toggle reality and RPG-esque mapping. Make sure you keep an eye on other features made available in the coming days: Google is well known for saving their most revolutionary tools for April 1st...

Discussion is also ongoing among members of the Neowin forums, as they try to find Google's next releases coming over the next few days. While we cannot say what these may be, we can definitely say they will change your internet experience for the better.

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It's not even April 1 here, yet, but it must be wherever that article was written cos it's effing retarded. Nice try, though.

Edit: I just went to the Google Maps page and there actually is a "Quest" button. LMAO!

zeke009 said,
They must be working on the Dreamcast port first.

No, no. The Gameboy is next. Google is about scale and reaching the widest audience. The Gameboy sole almost 120 million units, so it makes sense to target that first. And besides, Google's betting on "mobile".

Search for Google office, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 on the 8 bits Quest map and keep zooming in.

Win4Ever said,
Search for Google office, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 on the 8 bits Quest map and keep zooming in.

Search for this location: 37.649051,-121.728559 and watch what comes up. I haven't figured it out yet.

Flippinwindows said,
It's April's Fools....You Fools. JK. Good one Google.

Captain obvious strikes again…

They should make this available for the actual Google maps. It is actually quite cool and easy to the eyes if you think about it.

JaLooNz said,
They should make this available for the actual Google maps. It is actually quite cool and easy to the eyes if you think about it.

Actually I agree, it will be too bad that they'll remove this thing in a few days…

JaLooNz said,
They should make this available for the actual Google maps. It is actually quite cool and easy to the eyes if you think about it.

....

Beautiful. Definitely one of their best April fools.

The facial expression of the Japanese family when the cartridge fails to start is classic.

Mike Frett said,
Ok you got me lol. It's not April 1st here so I wanted to download it and see if it worked on an emulator.

......are you serious or just joking?

thekim said,
Wait... it is still not the 1st april yet.

Did you know that billions of people live outside of the US. Yeah really!!

sam232 said,

Did you know that billions of people live outside of the US. Yeah really!!

Yeah right...it's been 11 hours and damn 19 minutes since the calendar struck April 1 here in India!

thekim said,
Wait... it is still not the 1st april yet.

Every year, someone keeps forgetting there are 40 time zones in the world.

So many emotions because of that. Neowin is sitting... in the USA? I don't celebrate Christmas at the 23. december because in other countrie is already later.

sam232 said,

Did you know that billions of people live outside of the US. Yeah really!!


like me.

webeagle12 said,

so don't turn on your computer then

Or change your clock back one day....and change it again tomorrow - two days front - to fool yourself!