Google downgrades Google Maps for NES device.
Google has been working on extending the Google Maps to as many devices as possible and they are now announcing that it has been made available to the NES device. This is an 8 bit gaming system which dates back to 1985 when it was released in the US. It was first launched in Japan in 1983 and was a big success there. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has now been provided with a version of Google Maps which now provides them with the ability to use the map service from Google. Being an older architecture presented challenges for Google to make this backward compatible for the device.
From the Google Lat Long blog, comes the official news that they have over come the limitations of this older hardware and re-engineered Google Maps so that the over 60 million units which have been sold over the years can now get the fantastic Google Maps on their game console.
Google has come to realize the importance of gaming consoles and the obvious need for them to have access to Google Maps. These older console created a challenge for the Google engineering team and they are not know for backing down from a challenge. There efforts have resulted in the maps being made available on a retro gaming system. This 8 bit system which has very low resolution graphics now has the distinction of being able to provide Google Maps.
You might ask exactly how Google is able to get this onto the NES system. They did that by creating a cartridge which would plug into the unit and you could then plug in a phone line. Then you would do a dial up connection to the outside world to access Google Maps. Your world would then open up for you to search for anything in the world and see images on the 8 bit low resolution system. They will be making these cartridges available in the Google Store as soon as possible.
From the Google blog post, here is a YouTube video clearly demonstrating the use of Google Maps on the NES game console. Happy April Fools.