March 24, 2018

Get Directions From Mario Inside Google Maps

10 March 2018, 01:03 | Denise Dawson

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This isn't the first time Google Maps has teamed up with Nintendo.

Once you tap "Let's-a-go!" your position within turn-by-turn navigation will be represented by Mario. It's perfectly simple: someone way back in the dusty ruins of time realized that "Mar 10" looks a little bit like "Mario" on paper, and thus that kinda made it Mario's unofficial birthday. It's probably one of the coolest things Google Maps has done, honoring one of gaming's most iconic characters ever. It's in an update for Google Maps that was pushed out today: Just open the app, and find the question block next to a destination.

"Once enabled, you'll see that the navigation arrow has morphed into-who else?-Mario", Google Maps UX Engineer Munish Dabas wrote in a blog post. You'll need to update your app from either the Google Play or the App Store.

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

Ready to give Mario on Google Maps a try? 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. This came two years after their previous April fool prank, where they "announced" that they would release a physical NES cartridge version of Google Maps.

Nintendo is also offering a discount on its smartphone app Super Mario Run from March 10 to March 25. It's something to consider.

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