How To Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart

How To Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart

How To Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart

And one big one, for Nintendo anyway, is Mario Day, Mar. 10 (get it?), which it generally celebrates with gags and shout-outs.

Once Google Maps is updated and a destination is entered, click on the question box to engage the Mario Kart mode. Accept the prompt to enable the feature and your navigation arrow will be replaced with Mario in his trusty go kart. "Mario time!", which will let you "navigate your world as Mario to celebrate Mario Day on March 10th". And now Mario is getting on the fun, too.

After a teaser and some early users reports earlier today, Google has officially announced a new event for Google Maps in celebration of Mario Day.

Just like old video games, the Mario feature also has a hidden easter egg.

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

Google's announcement encourages you to use the integration safely, and not "throw bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life".

Google Maps is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models. If you're so inclined, you can share screenshots of your route and share it on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @GoogleMaps with the hashtag #MarioMaps. Or... perhaps Nintendo and Google should make this into an official app?

Google Maps has been fairly consistent with pop culture references. It's something to consider.

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