Google Maps and Nintendo celebrate Mario Day

Posted March 10, 2018

And to mark the occasion, Google has partnered with Mario's maker Nintendo to bring the character to Google Maps for an entire week.

In case you missed the memo, tomorrow (March 10) is Mario Day - a day to celebrate the world's favorite animated plumber.

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The feature, which Google announced this morning, is available in the latest update in the Google Maps app on both iOS and Android.

After the update, you'll need to select the famous question mark box on the bottom right of the app.

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This isn't the first time Google Maps has teamed up with Nintendo. Instead, Google's little arrow will be replaced with Mario, who will give you a little emotional boost as you drive to your destination. Get it? It is on March 10, as the abbreviation looks like the word "Mario". "He'll be a constant companion wherever you're driving this week-to work, to school, or the spaghetti house. 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 is also asking users to share photos of their adventures as Mario on Instagram and Twitter with @GoogleMaps and the hashtag #MarioMaps. Last year Google made the position marker Ms. PacMan for April Fools Day, and in 2015, the marker was changed to a TIE figure or X-Wing for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Google Maps has been fairly consistent with pop culture references.