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Google Maps lets you navigate through town as Mario

March 10 is apparently Mario Day thanks to a clever play on words (aka MAR10), and in celebration of everyone's favorite Italian plumber (sorry, Luigi), Google has a fun Easter egg to check out.

The next time you open Google Maps, you should see an iconic Mario block next to the Start button for beginning turn-by-turn directions. After tapping on this, you'll get a pop-up asking you if you want to have your indicator turn into Mario driving his red-painted kart.

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It's unclear how long this little treat will be available for, and while I'm not seeing it on my Pixel 2 quite yet, it should roll out to everyone over the coming day.

Safe driving and happy (almost) Mario Day!

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

12 Comments
  • Clever Stunt
  • My guess is that it will only be available for today.
  • Amazing.
  • Hasn't showed up for me yet.
  • I'll have to see if Mario shows up on Android Auto in the car.
  • It worked for me!
  • I dont see it...
  • I first noticed it on the 8th. I've had a few people try it and not see it show up. Maybe their apps weren't updated to the latest update? Not sure, but this is amazing! I wish they would just have this as an option. This is better than the starwars X wing.
  • Showed up Saturday, forgot how long it last .
  • This should be a forever option Google! Awesome
  • I love it! I want to keep this forever too!
  • Still worked for me today. Since Google still won't separate nav audio from normal BT audio in the car, I can't tell you whether or not they used Mario audio for the turn prompts.