If you aren't sure how Mario ties into Google Maps, remember, his name is a part of the greatest racing franchise of all time - Mario Kart. Tap that, and the navigation arrow is replaced with Mario riding around in a vehicle from Mario Kart. The result: Mario himself will join you in his Super Circuit-era go kart to drive alongside you.
"After users install the latest Google Maps update, when searching for directions, a new yellow "?" box prompt will show in the bottom right, next to "Start".
Just like old video games, the Mario feature also has a hidden easter egg. Get it? It is on March 10, as the abbreviation looks like the word "Mario".
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The Google Maps-Mario Kart mashup will be available until March 17.
Mario is hitting the road without a care (or blue shell) in sight as he directs you to your destination. If you're so inclined, you can share screenshots of your route and share it on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @GoogleMaps with the hashtag #MarioMaps.
Do any other Nintendo characters have holidays? Or... perhaps Nintendo and Google should make this into an official app? This came two years after their previous April fool prank, where they "announced" that they would release a physical NES cartridge version of Google Maps. Having something so cool be related to just a week seems like a crime.
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