Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Mario Kart Easter egg appears on Google Maps

Mario Kart Easter egg appears on Google Maps

This is not the first time, Google Maps has incorporated video games in its interface.

Nintendo has teamed up with Google to celebrate Mario Day, which is apparently on March 10 (MAR10 - geddit?), with "Mario Mode" - a feature that allows users to navigate as Mario. This won't last forever as Mario is only set to drive you around for a week. To turn on this feature, drivers will have to start navigation to a particular location. Users are now digging into the new mode trying to see if they can spot any additional Easter Eggs.

On March 10, which has been dubbed "Mario Day", Google chose to give users the chance to be guided by Super Mario himself. Just be on the lookout for blue shells and banana peels. There aren't many details available for Mario Kart Tour at the moment, but this feature does open up some fascinating possibilities regarding how Global Positioning System can be isedto allow mobile Mario Kart players to race on real-world streets or use some other kind of AR features. The likes of Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart Wii have since followed across Nintendo's multiple consoles, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe the latest release in the long-running franchise.

Google has likewise urged clients to share screen captures of Mario in their Map via web-based networking media, so pay special mind to #MarioMaps in the event that you need to see the unavoidable screen captures of Mario going rough terrain when Maps fouls up, and ensure that you don't post individual points of interest on informal organizations.

Gamification was missing on Google Maps and by paying homage to the Nintendo game, things like Donkey Kong and other games may show up as icons on Google Maps.

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