For Mario Day on March 10, Google Maps will let Mario guide you to your destination
10 March is unofficially known among Nintendo fans as Mario Day (because MAR 10 looks like the word Mario…)
To mark the occasion, Google has teamed up with the Japanese gaming giant to bring the plucky plumber to Google Maps. After teasing the feature on Twitter, with the use of four banana emoji and a red car, Google has begun rolling a Mario Kart Easter Egg to the Google Maps app on iOS and Android.
Attached to the tweet was a screenshot from Google Maps showing cartoon bananas on the road, showing how the feature looks in Street View mode, while other Twitter users have posted grabs of Mario on his kart as he follows directions to the intended destination.
At the time of writing, despite having the most up-to-date Google Maps app on iOS, the Mario Day feature wasn’t yet appearing.
According to The Verge, when it is available, a small question mark will appear alongside the name of certain destinations. Clicking that will enable Mario mode and he will replace the standard blue dot, or Street View’s Pegman.
Previous updates turned the whole of Google Maps into a game of Pac-man, and turned the Pegman into the Loch Ness Monster. In 2013, you could even find Doctor Who and his TARDIS on the appl.
In addition to the Google Mario Kart Easter Egg, yoiu can get 50% off Super Mario Run for the weekend to honour the annual event.