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

Mario comes to Google Maps

To celebrate the favourite moustachioed plumber-turned-racer, Google has collaborated with the team at Nintendo to let Mario accompany you on all of your driving adventures on Google Maps from Mario Day (March 10; when Super Mario was born).

The new feature, dubbed "Mario Time", began on Saturday and has since been available when using Google Maps. Mario is showing up in Maps for the festival of Mar10 Day and will stay accessible in the application for no less than seven days, as announced by MacRumors. You will need to update your app in order to access this feature, but doing so should trigger a prompt that requests permission to replace the standard tracker with Mario. The only thing we can say for sure is that Mario Kart Tour should be released sometime between April 2018 and March 2019 according to fiscal projections. Once enabled, users would notice that the regular navigation arrow has morphed into Mario - the 1990s' video game character.

Starting today, Google Maps users can unlock the feature by clicking the question mark box at the bottom right corner of the Directions screen.

The feature only lasts for a week, so enjoy Mario Time while you can.

Munish Dabas, UX Engineer, Google Maps stated in the company's official blog, "We know a true Mario fan when we see one".

As a historical sidenote, Google and Nintendo have worked together before for these kinds of fun stunts. Next to the "Start" button, where will be a '?' icon in the shape of the '? block' from the Mario series of video games. Just be on the lookout for blue shells and banana peels.



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