If you were a fan of the Dragon Warrior series on the NES, then you’re going to absolutely love the April Fools prank from Google this year: 8-Bit Google Maps! Click on the "quest" button in the upper right corner of the map to get your current world dressed up in 8-bit fashion. Also, be sure to drag your little character out onto the map and choose Street View for more retro goodness. Be sure to browse the maps, it's full of hidden creatures (Area 51, Everest, Google headquarters...). According to Google, this Dragon Quest spoof version of Maps will come in the form of a special NES cartridge that can connect to the internet via dial-up. Naturally, there's no word on a release date, but you can currently check out the "beta" by visiting Google Maps in your browser and selecting "Start Your Quest." That said, that company warns that "your system may not meet the minimum requirements for 8-bit computations".
[Previously on... Google at Unscathed Corpse]