Fun new Google Maps feature lets you navigate as moustachioed plumber Mario

  • Fun new Google Maps feature lets you navigate as moustachioed plumber Mario

Fun new Google Maps feature lets you navigate as moustachioed plumber Mario

You'll then see a prompt to enable Mario Time.

- March 10 has been dubbed Mario Day and in honor of the day's new title, Google partnered with Nintendo to turn Google Maps into a video game.

To celebrate the Mario Day, Google announced that they have brought Mario to Google Maps. So wherever you go this week, he'll be with you and he'll even be cheering you on with some fist pumping as you drive wherever your destination may be.

Munish Dabas, an engineer at Google Maps, wrote in a blog post: "To get started, you'll need to first update your app from Google Play or the App Store".

Maybe knowing the strategies of your regular Mario Kart player, Google has likewise issued a notice: "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!"

Meanwhile, we imagine that Android fans are just happy to see this collaboration as it might mean they won't have to wait for months to get a copy of Mario Kart Tour on their devices. He'll be a constant companion wherever you're driving this week- to work, to school, or the curry house. The game's creators were Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

The feature only lasts for a week, so enjoy Mario Time while you can.

Gamification was missing on Google Maps and by paying homage to the Nintendo game, things like Donkey Kong and other games may show up as icons on Google Maps.