How to get Mario Kart on Google Maps this week

You can navigate as Nintendo's Mario this week on Google Maps. (Courtesy Google Maps)
You can navigate as Nintendo’s Mario this week on Google Maps. (Courtesy Google Maps) ((Courtesy Google Maps))
You will need the latest version of Google Maps to activate the Mario Kart feature this week. (Courtesy Google Maps)
You will need the latest version of Google Maps to activate the Mario Kart feature this week. (Courtesy Google Maps) (Courtesy Google Maps)
Choose the “?” to navigate as Mario on Google Maps this week. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Navigate the streets this week as Nintendo's Mario. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Navigate the streets this week as Nintendo’s Mario. (Courtesy Google Maps) (Courtesy Google Maps)
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You can navigate as Nintendo's Mario this week on Google Maps. (Courtesy Google Maps)
You will need the latest version of Google Maps to activate the Mario Kart feature this week. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Navigate the streets this week as Nintendo's Mario. (Courtesy Google Maps)

WASHINGTON — Saturday, March 10, was Mario Day, apparently (MAR10, Mario, get it?).

And in honor of Nintendo’s beloved and iconic character, Nintendo has partnered with Google and added a feature to navigate the mean streets as Mario in Mario Kart.

Here’s how to get it.

  1. Get the latest version of Google Maps (App Store on iPhones or Google Play on Androids).
  2. Enter a location you want to go.
  3. Click on Directions.
  4. Instead of pressing “Start,” press the “?” next to it.
  5. Oh yeah! Mario Time!

A new mobile Mario Kart game is scheduled to be released in March 2019, according to Nintendo of America.

This is not the first time, Google Maps has incorporated video games in its interface. Last year, Ms. Pac-Man took over the streets.


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