Now ride with 'Mario' in Google Maps


Google Maps and Nintendo announced a temporary, opt-in feature that allows users to "navigate the world as Mario".

It's in honour of March 10th, or "Mario Day".

"Mario Mode" will be available for a week, according to Nintendo.

The company is celebrating the moustachioed plumber-turned-racer on his special day MAR10 Day - which is March 10, he said in a blog post late on Friday.

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. Users would then see a prompt to enable Mario Time!

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In conjunction with Mario Day which is on the 10th of March, Nintendo and Google chose to allow Mario to replace the standard icon in Google Maps.

The Japanese game company is now working on Mario Kart Tour, a mobile game whose exact release date is yet to be revealed. "To get to Mario Time, tap on the yellow "?" symbol that is accessible in the base right of the Google Maps application in the wake of updating the application to the most recent version.

In 2014, Pokemon was available on Maps as an April Fools joke that later resulted in the launch of the augmented reality mobile gaming app - Pokemon Go.

After tapping on the question mark, users will hear Mario say, "Let's a go!". In the "Super Mario" games, these blocks dispense mushrooms and other useful items. We can only hope there isn't some hidden blue shell waiting to knock you off your navigational path.