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Google Maps is turning into 'Mario Kart' today to celebrate Mario Day

Google Maps is turning into 'Mario Kart' today to celebrate Mario Day

In case you missed the memo, tomorrow (March 10) is Mario Day - a day to celebrate the world's favorite animated plumber. If you're looking for other Mario Day fun, check out Thrifter! You'll have to update your Google Maps app in order to access the Mario Kart feature; you'll then be able to click on a yellow Question Mark block to turn it on.

Once enabled, for that day you'll be able to swap out the standard vehicle icon used to show your location during navigation for Mario's go-kart from the game.

The US$9.99 (S$13.20) game will be on sale at US$4.99 during that period.

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It's a shame you can't choose various characters from the Super Mario Kart game, but this is Mario Day after all - not Toad or Bowser Day.

This is not the first time such a feature has been introduced - in 2015, it created a version of Pac-Man that users could play within Google Maps.

Google has been known to sprinkle in Easter eggs on Google Maps to commemorate events and special occasions, but the most recent surprise might be the best yet. A year before that, it introduced a game called Smarty Pins, a map-based trivia game where users guess locations based on hints.


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