Nintendo and Google have teamed up to celebrate National Mario Day (which is actually March 10th) with a special Google Maps tribute to Mario Kart. In order to make this happen, Google Maps has introduced a new feature that will let drivers swap the traditional navigation arrow with Mario and your ride with Mario begins.
The gimmick was announced as a celebration for March 10, named "Mario Day", because "MAR10" looks a little like the word "Mario" when written down.
To get started, users need to first update Maps app from Google Play or the App Store.
Munish Dabas, UX Engineer, Google Maps stated in the company's official blog, "We know a true Mario fan when we see one". You'll then see a prompt to enable Mario Time.
Once enabled, users would notice that the regular navigation arrow has morphed into Mario - the 1990s' video game character - complete with his iconic Mario Kart.
Starting today, Google Maps users can unlock the feature by clicking the question mark box at the bottom right corner of the Directions screen. So, this entire week, sit back and let Mario guide you through roads and find shops and restaurants.
The Japanese game company is now working on Mario Kart Tour, a mobile game whose exact release date is yet to be revealed.
As a historical sidenote, Google and Nintendo have worked together before for these kinds of fun stunts. In the "Super Mario" games, these blocks dispense mushrooms and other useful items. We can only hope there isn't some hidden blue shell waiting to knock you off your navigational path.