Mario is invading Google Maps this week

Allan Goodman
March 11, 2018

Make sure you're driving safe while using driving directions, but if you ever wanted a reason to use Google Maps' navigation more, now seems ideal.

Saturday, March 10, is Mario Day, and Nintendo teamed up with Google to celebrate it by putting Mario on the map - Google Maps, that is. You can update the app, look for the yellow question mark, then enable "Mario Time".

For one whole week, Google Maps users can replace the generic arrow icon with Mario in a go kart.

As always, respect the rules of the road.

"We don't encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life!". Introducing Mario to the Google Maps feels more like a brand advertisement, rather than just a fun trick. If there is one game that was immensley popular and played by nearly everyone is Super Mario. Uninstall and re-install Google Maps in case you didn't get the update.

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Today, if you were not aware, is Mario day.

Tapping the question mark will launch the Mario Time screen and allow you to move forward with navigation.

Google is beginning to make a habit of featuring iconic video games in its platforms. 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.

After the feature released, users have been sharing screenshots of their routes on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MarioMaps.

Google says Mario will be a "constant companion" wherever you drive this week, but also issues a friendly reminder about safe driving.

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