Mario will kart you around in Google Maps update

Google says the feature is rolling out globally to Maps users today and will last for one week.

Starting March 9 and for the next week, Mario and his signature red racer are replacing the standard blue arrow in the directions function of the mobile app. This year, if you use Google Maps, you'll get an interesting little nod to Mario's past as a kart racer: You'll be able to have him guide you to your destination.

Tap the yellow question mark at the bottom corner of your Google Maps screen, and you're in for a surprise. Because of this, we often see Mario make the jump to mainstream promotions that exist outside the world of gaming. Google Canada announced the news today in a blog post, saying that Mario will appear on just about everyone's Google Maps smartphone navigation app to celebrate Mario's special day, MAR10 Day (March 10th if you didn't get it!). You'll need to update your app from either the Google Play or the App Store.

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Google encourages taking screenshots while en route with Mario and sharing them with the hashtag #MarioMaps. 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!

Do any other Nintendo characters have holidays?

Nintendo also teamed up with Google in 2014 to hid Pokemon among Maps, a moved that in hindsight looks like a precursor to Pokemon Go. I'm just saying, Nintendo.

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