Google Maps turned into Mario Kart for Mario Day

Alonzo Simpson
March 12, 2018

Starting Saturday, Mario Time is an available feature when using Google Maps' navigation function on the latest iOS and Android app version.

To celebrate the Mario Day, Google announced that they have brought Mario to Google Maps.

All things considered, this isn't the first run through Google Maps has been updated to get highlighted with stunning characters. "They hum the Super Mario Bros. background music on repeat, daydream about collecting gold coins and 1-UP mushrooms, and want nothing more than to traverse the Mushroom Kingdom with Luigi, Toad, and Yoshi to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser", Dabas said.

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Nintendo and Google have teamed up to celebrate National Mario Day (which is actually March 10th) with a special Google Maps tribute to Mario Kart. So wherever you go this week, he'll be with you and he'll even be cheering you on with some fist pumping as you drive wherever your destination may be.

There is also another easter egg in Google Maps - if you press the '?' button a 100 times, a chime similar to the 1UP mushroom will play like in the classic Mario games.

Once enabled, users would notice that the regular navigation arrow has morphed into Mario - the 1990s' video game character - complete with his iconic Mario Kart. This is in partnership with the game developer, Nintendo. "From there, you'll just need to click on the yellow "?" block that appears in order to enjoy the temporary mode.

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