Google Maps Mario Kart: How to Get Nintendo Navigation

Posted March 10, 2018

Starting today, the arrow in Google Maps will be replaced by a kart-riding Mario.

Mario day is Saturday, March 10 (Mar10, see?). It's perfectly simple: someone way back in the dusty ruins of time realized that "Mar 10" looks a little bit like "Mario" on paper, and thus that kinda made it Mario's unofficial birthday. If you tap the question mark 100 times in a row, you'll hear the familiar 1-UP tone. If you say yes, Mario will become your position marker in the app. In 2016, the Maps Guy got duded up in Link's outfit, and in 2014, Google committed so hard to its gag of finding Pokemon on the map it crowned Pokemon masters, and that ultimately spawned mobile juggernaut Pokemon Go.

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.

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To get started, you'll need to first update your app from Google Play or the App Store. "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".

Ready to give Mario on Google Maps a try?

Google encourages taking screenshots while en route with Mario and sharing them with the hashtag #MarioMaps.

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Do any other Nintendo characters have holidays?

Google Maps was launched in February 2005. Or... perhaps Nintendo and Google should make this into an official app?

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