Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving

Angelica Greene
March 10, 2018

Just as May 4th has become a special day for Star Wars fans, March 10th is now considered Mario Day. Why?

Tomorrow is March 10, and you know what that means! (Get it? MAR10? We sigh.) For a week starting this Saturday you can replace your usual location icon in Maps with an image of Mario riding a go kart - red homing shells not included.

Nintendo has partnered with Google to give Mario and his beloved kart a starring role on Google Maps over the next week, in celebration of this year's Mario Day.

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If you got to choose any Mario Kart character to guide you who would you select? Update the app, look for the question mark, then you can enable "Mario Time". Going forward, Mario will be your companion wherever you are driving this week-school, work, restaurant-anywhere. It might take a day or two for you to be able to see the marker, depending on where you live.

The feature, added in partnership with Nintendo, even has an Easter egg, The Verge reports. My love for Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the Nintendo world, remains strong to this day.

This is not the first time such a feature has been introduced - in 2015, it created a version of Pac-Man that users could play within Google Maps. It's not quite Mario Kart Tour, but maybe it'll make the wait a little easier. With it installed, you'll be presented with a? block icon next to the Start button when looking up directions.

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