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Mario comes to Google Maps as a celebration of Mario Day

Mario comes to Google Maps as a celebration of Mario Day

But as Google says, "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!"

Just because Mario is guiding you, doesn't mean you can throw banana peels and turtle shells out of your window!

Saturday, March 10, is Mario Day, and Nintendo teamed up with Google to celebrate it by putting Mario on the map - Google Maps, that is.

But there's a catch - the feature will only last a week. So if you were planning on staying home today, you now have a great excuse to pull up Google Maps and hit the road.

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Mario, the Italian plumber, first appeared in Donkey Kong in 1981, and in 1983 Mario got his own game with his brother Luigi.

There is another Easter Egg hidden inside the update for Google Maps.

Google Maps have launched a Mario update to coincide with Super Mario Day which sees the Nintendo icon drive alongside you. To celebrate this special day, from March 10th to March 25th, you can purchase Super Mario Run for a special price of up to 50%* off! You'll then see a prompt to enable Mario Time! - Let us know in the comments!

Google is beginning to make a habit of featuring iconic video games in its platforms. Mario along with his good old Kart will hold a position in Google Maps' arrow, which is used to show the location where the user is heading. To work, to school, or the spaghetti house. The new update looks quite promising as it brings a whole new live Mario to the navigation maps using Google Maps on your device.

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