How to get Mario Kart on Google Maps this week

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GoogleIt’s Mario Time

Starting Saturday, Mario Time is an available feature when using Google Maps' navigation function on the latest iOS and Android app version.

The day in honour of Nintendo's mustachioed plumber-turned-racer was technically on March 10 - but it turns out that you will be able to Mario Kart all journeys for a whole week. 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.

This is how Google wants you to get started.

With Mario being one of the most favourite cartoon characters among people, Google churned out a unique way to inject him back into our lives.

Mario has rolled out globally to users of Google Maps, but remember, this is optional. Google Maps confirmed via its official Twitter account that the feature will be available for a full week, so users can activate (or deactivate) "Mario Mode" at any time between now and March 16. Update the maps app from Google Play or the App Store.

Once enabled, users would notice that the regular navigation arrow has morphed into Mario - the 1990s' video game character - complete with his iconic Mario Kart.

Gamification was missing on Google Maps and by paying homage to the Nintendo game, things like Donkey Kong and other games may show up as icons on Google Maps. You will get an animated 3D avatar of Mario in his go-kart driving along to your destination.

Super Mario Bros, or Mario Bros, was first introduced in Japan in 1983 and has gone on to sell more than 40 million video games till date.

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