Google Mapping the 8-Bit Lower East Side

Posted on: March 31st, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

Google always pulls out the stops for its April Fools’ jokes.  This year, the prank comes a day early with its “Quest View” feature in Google Maps.  It’s friggin’ awesome.  Fans of Nintendo will recognize the 8-bit realm as an homage to Dragon Quest.

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To experience the Lower East Side in this pixelated world, Google your favorite neighborhood location in maps mode, then hit the “Quest” button. Street View is also available with a little viking dude as your guide.  Expect to see your favorite sites in a total color mashup.

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The elaborate hijinks, that of bringing Google Maps to the NES, is explained with this accompanying video:

[via i09]

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