Google Maps turned into Mario Kart for Mario Day

Super Mario Run

Google is partnering with Nintendo to bring Mario to Google Maps for an entire week to celebrate 'Mario Day.' The holiday is celebrated on March 10.

Mario is already an iconic character and it's still popular even if many years have passed since it first hit the scene. That's because the date Mar.10 looks like the name "Mario". While that sounds like a risky combo, Google is simply changing the driver's icon in Google Maps to a digital Mario motoring along in his staple red kart.

"Now, you should see "?" in yellow color at the bottom right corner of the Google Maps application.

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As part of the celebration of everyone's favorite Italian plumber (sorry, uncle Vinnie), Google Maps is temporarily changing the distinctive blue arrow in its navigation mode to an image of Mario in a racing kart.

This is far from the first time that Google Maps has participated in gaming-inspired map themes, most of which have been Nintendo-related. So if you unlock the game's premium features through in-app purchase, it will cost you just $4.99 instead of 9.99.

Google is encouraging users to take screenshots of their routes with Mario Time enabled and share them on Twitter and Instagram, tagging @GoogleMaps and using the #MarioMaps hashtag. Let us know in the comments section below.


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