In celebration of Mario Day (Mar. 10 — get it? Mario = Mar10), Nintendo has teamed up once again with Google Maps to allow everyone’s favourite plumber (aside from Tosh’s husband) to take control of your GPS for a week!
You only have until March 17 to take advantage of this feature (on both iOS and Android phones/tablets), so gather your banana peels & blue shells together:
- Update Google Maps to the latest version
- Open Google Maps (with your Location turned On)
- Type in your destination, select it & press “Directions”
- Instead of pressing “Start,” tap the grayed-out Question Box at the bottom
The Question Box will light up gold, you’ll hear a Mario Bros. coin sound effect chime in & it’ll ask if you’d like Mario to be your guide!
Google: “Ready to take a drive with Mario? He’ll start rolling out on Maps globally today, and will join you on your road trips for a week. Take a screenshot of your route and share it with @GoogleMaps on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MarioMaps. But remember, make sure to avoid sharing personal details like your home or work address (seriously, think before you post). Let’s-a go!”
When you arrive at your destination, Mario does a victory dance!
Looks like I’m going to be driving a lot more this next week. Nowhere special, just planning on cruising around with my pal Mario.