Google Maps and Nintendo celebrate Mario Day

Mario Day event starts popping up in Google Maps for some

Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving

The next Google Maps update will let you swap over to the Mario Kart navigation system that will show your car's position and transform it into a Mario Kart for fun.

Invoking the Mario-driven map is as simple as updating your Google Maps app for iOS or Android and navigating to your chosen location.

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Tomorrow is March 10th (Mar10, get it?), and Google is prepping to celebrate "Mario Day". Google Maps is rolling out the Easter Egg on Friday and it will be live for a week. It can be downloaded now for free on the App Store. With it installed, you'll be presented with a? block icon next to the Start button when looking up directions. You'll have to look for the question box icon that loads up in the app, tap it, and then you'll get a "Mario Time" message that means you're good to go. You don't want to get into an accident because you were too busy staring at Mario riding his little kart. Google encourages all users to practice safe driving while out on the road.

Google is encouraging users to take a screenshot of Mario inside Maps and share it on social media with the hashtag #MarioMaps.

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To mark the occasion, Google has teamed up with the Japanese gaming giant to bring the plucky plumber to Google Maps. Mario won't be there to rescue you from any insane stalkers. Or... perhaps Nintendo and Google should make this into an official app? I'm just saying, Nintendo.

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