Google’s 8-Bit Maps is Their Fools’ Day Prank

Google is known for their Fools’ day pranks, we’ve previously covered various Google pranks. Gmail was one great service announced by Google on Fools’ day. Now this year, Google has come up with something retro, Google Maps in 8-Bit.


Just head on to the Google Maps site and you could see the quest icon on the map, next to the earth and satellite options, click it and you can see Google Maps in it 8-Bit glory. It just feels like browsing a map in a game like Pokemon.

In a short span after the ‘upgraded’ Google Maps went live, Reddit users posted world landmarks and historic sites that could be viewed on the map: the ParthenonArea 51,Mount Everest and many more “Easter eggs.”

Google claims that they have created some special kind of cartridge that would connect an NES to the internet and display Google Maps in 8-Bit. Really funny.

Take a look at this video about how Google made the 8-Bit Maps for NES 😛

Last year Google pranked us with Gmail Motion, which stated that Gmail can take certain specific motions as input, that prank went rival and many really believed it.

What do you think about this new Google prank ? Do let us know about it and don’t forget to take a look at Mashable’s Fools’ day prank.