I 2012, or google browser “Release” the 8-bit version of maps As one of the annual April Fools’ jokes at the time. A service that searches for and displays maps and satellite images of the Earth in low-resolution mode was a joke, but the company promised — not offered — that it would fire a cartridge with “the game‘For the platform to rotate on Nintendo Entertainment System (miscellaneous or “Nintendinho”). Nine years later, someone figured out how to do it.
With the help of a heavily modified console, and previous work by other hackers before it, YouTubers”cisplusplus” I used a method for building maps in retro style. Hardware-wise, use a guide to create a custom Nintendinho cartridge made by another influencer,”The Rusty, with the goal of creating a Raspberry Pi hosted setup for mode.
On the program side, cisplusplus I found one old blog — by chance from 2012 — that used aerial images from Bing Maps (a system similar to Google Earth) to turn the overviews into graphic quality similar to “The Legend of Zelda” (1986). Better understand the process with the video below:
The result is an “old-fashioned version” of Google Maps, featuring an approximate layout of the world built in 8-bit that looks accurate. The service can be accessed and operated through a joystick, and details such as menus, city signs, and more appear in antique font.
In Nintendinho, you can vaguely distinguish between the shapes of the continents and the regions of the coast, but as soon as the player zooms in, it becomes impossible to assess any location, due to the lack of detail and the instability of the 8-bit style. Still, it’s an impressive and fun hack – we think Google didn’t think anyone would do it.
Is it a reasonable way to get directions from one location to another? Probably not, but who knows what the future holds. If someone could, in fact, run full Google Maps inside a Nintendinho cartridge, then “anything is possible”.
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