March 31, 2012 -- Google got a one-day jump on April Fools' Day with the release of a prank version of its ubiquitous mapping application called Google Maps 8-bit for NES.

Yes, that stands for Nintendo Entertainment System, the popular gaming console of the mid-1980s. It's a highly pixellated view Google claimed was created by its Japanese engineering team, which understood the importance of maps on retro game systems.

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