Ah yes, it’s that lovely time of the year again - April Fool’s. Even before we even have a chance to get blindsided by the certain barrage of announcements for various movie adaptations of cherished properties, Google has jumped the gun and unveiled their newest property: a Google Maps application for the NES, which apparently makes use of the art and music effects from Dragon Quest II (even so far as being “published” by Square Enix, according to the title screen). The things people come up with these days.
And here is the promised video, in all of its converted-from-Youtube glory:
The video highlights the usefulness and family friendliness of Google Maps on the NES, cartridge blowing and all. It even uses the ubiquitous Overture from Dragon Quest! Oh what fun. But on the minisculely more serious side, Google is apparently taking this further than an April Fool’s joke and plans to release this as an actual app (no word on whether or not good old Squenix will allow the use of their assets or not), and you can mess around with the trial version by going to Google Maps (URL here for those who are sadly incapable of reaching it the normal people way) and clicking “Quest” in the upper right hand corner.
Now, who else would like to see Google go further and make 8-Bit classic versions of all their major applications centered around legendary old NES properties? Do you have ideas on how this might work? If so, comment away!