Mario Kart's driving through Google Maps for the next week

Above Mario on Google Map

To celebrate the occassion, Google and Nintendo have teamed up to give fans of the Italian plumber something truly special.

After a teaser and some early users reports earlier today, Google has officially announced a new event for Google Maps in celebration of Mario Day. If there's a sudden spike in people going outdoors this weekend, now you know why.

The Google Maps-Mario Kart mashup will be available until March 17.

"As noted by The Verge, the most up-to-date version of Google Maps for Android and iOS will now let you tap on the "?" icon that appears next to destinations to turn your standard navigational marker into a small Mario icon riding in his familiar red go-kart from the Mario Kart series.

"Once enabled, you'll see that the navigation arrow has morphed into-who else?-Mario", reads a blog post from Google about the promo.

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When you begin navigation Mario will drive along with you. Just keep in mind to practice safe driving on the road-we don't encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life!

Mario will be your Google Maps guide from now to March 17.

Do any other Nintendo characters have holidays? Back in 2014 (long before Pokemon Go launched on mobile devices), Google unleashed dozens of wild Pokemon in Google Maps, giving users a chance to walk around their cities and fill up their Pokedex.

Super Mario Run can be found on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.



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