By Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
Mario from the popular video game “Mario Bros.” was seen on billboards and racing on google maps this past week in honor of Mario Day (March 10). Advertising for the day said “Mar10 Day.”
Google Maps released a week-long feature that allows users to navigate as Mario like in “Mario Kart.”Nintendo of America announced that the feature works once you input a destination and choose your vehicle as a car. By clicking the “start navigation” button, the user will see a question mark box from the Mario games appear. Pressing the icon will turn Google Maps into a Mario Kart avatar for your journey.
Google has added a hidden Easter egg. If you tap the “?” box 100 times, you’ll hear a 1-UP sound just like in the classic Nintendo games. The feature is only available in the latest update of the Google Maps app on both iOS and Android.
Mario Kart was released in 1992 on the SNES, followed by games like “Mario Kart 64,” “Mario Kart Wii,” and “Mario Kart 8.” The newest to the Mario franchise would be a mobile platform game, “Mario Kart Tour.” This is set to release in 2019.