Google Fools The World With 8-Bit Google Maps

Yesterday was not only the start of India’s new financial year, but also April Fool’s Day. Around the world, people played small pranks on each other. Companies too usually join in the April Fool’s Day fun with fake products or tongue in cheek announcements. Google Inc. is known for loving the first of April and always has a few tricks up their sleeve. Year after year Google has churned out pranks like Google Chrome in 3D. This year was no different.

A few hours before April 1st, a video started doing the rounds on YouTube, about a whole new type of Google Maps: for the 15 year old SNES 8 Bit devices.

You can check out the video below.

Says Google, “With Google Maps 8-bit, you can do all the things you already do on regular Google Maps. Search for famous landmarks and sites around the world. Take an epic journey with 8-bit Street View. Get detailed directions to avoid dangerous paths, and battle your way through a world of powerful monsters and mystic treasures. In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn’t access Google Maps on their classic hardware,”

This wasn’t the only joke Google played this year. They also ‘launched’ Self-Driving NASCAR Racing Cars through Google Racing and Google Chrome Multitasking. Such pranks make people empathize with the company. The company comes across as a more human and relatable entity. However, companies should also be careful of going overboard as they can easily end up offending their consumers too. It’s a narrow line that Google treads quite well.

What was your favorite prank by Google this year? Do let us know in the comments below.


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