It's Mario time on Google Maps!

Google Maps Mario Day easter egg

Beginning today, Mario will accompany you on your adventures around town.

Google Maps is designed for the iPhone and all iPad models.

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. "Mario time!", which will let you "navigate your world as Mario to celebrate Mario Day on March 10th".

This will be available on both the iOS and Android versions of Google Maps. Mario Day, which takes place on March 10th (Mar10, heh heh) and Google Maps will be holding their own festivities all week long.

To summon the mustachioed plumber, make sure your Maps app is updated.

This new feature will turn your navigation arrow into Mario while you drive.

There will be a yellow question mark in the bottom right of the updated app. Tap on this, and a message will pop up prompting you enable "Mario Time". 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!" Tap it, and an enthusiastic Mario will be ready to start his journey.

Tomorrow is March 10, and you know what that means! You can only use Mario, of course (it's Mario Day, duh!) but this is a fun feature that you'll wish would stay with you every time you use Google Maps. Clicking that will enable Mario mode and he will replace the standard blue dot, or Street View's Pegman.

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