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You can get some 'Mario Kart' in Google Maps starting today

Mario Day event starts popping up in Google Maps for some Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving
Beatrice Douglas | 10 March, 2018, 01:46

With Mario Day is right around the corner (March 10- MAR10) it looks like Google is putting on a little celebration. It turned Google Maps into a Pac-Man screen previous year, while the position marker also became a TIE Fighter to commemorate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

"You'll need to install the newest version of the app for iPhone or Android-and then tap a yellow "?" icon-to unlock Mario's cameo.

Once enabled, for that day you'll be able to swap out the standard auto icon used to show your location during navigation for Mario's go-kart from the game.

My favorite game for it was Mario Bros. - it was before the brothers became super on Nintendo Entertainment System. We can only hope there isn't some hidden blue shell waiting to knock you off your navigational path.

Invoking the Mario-driven map is as simple as updating your Google Maps app for iOS or Android and navigating to your chosen location. The event starts on March 10th, "Mario Day" (Mar. 10th, Mar-10, get it?).


The search giant also says, "Once enabled, you'll see that the navigation arrow has morphed into - who else?"

Have you taken Mario Maps for a spin?

It appears that the Mario Day Easter egg has already begun to roll out to everyone, so expect to see it on your app soon. Mario Time, as Google calls it, will be available in the latest Google Maps mobile apps starting today.

This isn't the first time Google Maps has tapped our Nintendo nostalgia.

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