You can get some 'Mario Kart' in Google Maps starting today

Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving

Mario invades Google Maps to help you avoid bananas while driving

According to a blog post by Munish Dabas, UX Engineer at Google Maps, an update rolling out today will bring Mario to Google Maps users on iOS and Android.

For those unfamiliar with this most important of holidays, March 10 has been designated as Mario Day, seemingly for no other reason than the date can be styled as "MAR10". If you say yes, Mario will become your position marker in the app. You'll then see a prompt to enable Mario Time! In fact, in 2014, Google and the Pokémon Company (which Nintendo jointly owns) teamed up for an April Fools joke that put Pokémon all over the map.

Tomorrow is March 10, and you know what that means! - Mario. He'll be a constant companion wherever you're driving this week - to work, to school, or the spaghetti house.

If you aren't sure how Mario ties into Google Maps, remember, his name is a part of the greatest racing franchise of all time - Mario Kart.

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You can also choose to screenshot your route and share it to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MarioMaps, Google suggests. Just do not forget to practice safe driving on the road-we don't encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life!

The Mario Kart mode in Google Maps will be available until March 16.

This isn't the first time Google has had a little fun with Google Maps, as you may recall. Pull up driving directions like you normally would and look for a suspicious-looking yellow question mark block to the left of the regular Start button.

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