10 March, 2018
Sounds good, right? Google is celebrating Mario Day in its own way to give the iconic plumber his fair due, going so far as to implement an adorable Mario Kart on your blue navigation narrow in Google Maps on iOS or Android.
With Mario Day set for March 10 (because Mar10 spells "Mario"), there are many ways to celebrate your favourite character from Nintendo's line up.
Mario fans, it's time to start your engines and update your Google Maps. And now Mario is getting on the fun, too. Back in 2014 (long before Pokemon Go launched on mobile devices), Google unleashed dozens of wild Pokemon in Google Maps, giving users a chance to walk around their cities and fill up their Pokedex.
You can use the Mario Kart animation as an optional Mario-themed Easter egg, and why wouldn't you want to? - Mario. He'll be a constant companion wherever you're driving this week - to work, to school, or the spaghetti house.More news: Riyad Mahrez says he is stepping away from football
The Google Maps-Mario Kart mashup will be available until March 17.
Google is also asking users to share photos of their adventures as Mario on Instagram and Twitter with @GoogleMaps and the hashtag #MarioMaps. On its blog, Google jokes, "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!"
Google Maps has been fairly consistent with pop culture references. Let us know once you start seeing this update!