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Link invades Google Maps to help give you directions

by Jacob Kleinman | March 4, 2016March 4, 2016 12:00 pm PDT

You may find something interesting if you check Google Maps for directions this weekend. Instead of the usual Street View peg, you can drop a tiny pixelated version of Link, the hero from Legend of Zelda, into your map to explore.

This isn’t the first time Google has turned its mapping service into a tribute to popular video games. Last year, we played Pac-Man in Google Maps and, before that, the company turned the entire world into a Pokémon challenge. This Zelda mashup isn’t quite as exciting or interactive, but it’s still good for a few minutes of fun.

Nintendo’s next big Zelda game probably won’t arrive until late 2016 (or later), but the company still has plenty to celebrate. The series turned 30 years old last month, and an HD version of Twilight Princess hit the Wii U on Friday.

This Google Maps/Zelda mashup should last for five full days, according to the Japanese Zelda Twitter account. You can try it right now by simply opening Google Maps in a new tab.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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