Google Maps to introduce Mario Kart mode to celebrate "Mario Day"

Google Maps to introduce Mario Kart mode to celebrate

(MAR10...get it, Mario?) In addition to the various deals and sales on Nintendo games, the mustachioed plumber will also make an appearance in Google Maps' navigation, if you opt in to have Mario accompany you on your journey.

In celebration of Mario Day on March 10, Google has introduced a quirky feature in its Google Maps application - users will be able to navigate Singapore's roads as the classic Nintendo character in his go-kart.

There will be a yellow question mark in the bottom right of the updated app. Tap on this, and a message will pop up prompting you enable "Mario Time".

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According to a blog post by Munish Dabas, UX Engineer at Google Maps, an update rolling out today will bring Mario to Google Maps users on iOS and Android. If you've recently downloaded the app to give the game a try, we recommend you hold off until the discount goes live. If you're looking for other Mario Day fun, check out Thrifter!

This isn't the first time that Nintendo and Google have teamed up like this. And now Mario is getting on the fun, too.

On Friday, Google Maps cryptically tweeted a screencap of a "street view" from Venice, California.

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