Where form meets function

In celebration of Mario Day, (March 10, or MAR10, get it?), the beloved gaming character Super Mario is coming to Google Maps, thanks to a special partnership with Nintendo and Google, reports The Verge.

The feature, which was announced this morning, is available in the latest update of the Google Maps app on both iOS and Android, and you’ll have the option of Mario accompanying you on your journey. A yellow question mark “?” icon will appear at the bottom right of the app’s screen, to then replace the traditional triangular icon. After tapping, you’ll get a prompt to enable “Mario Time.”

In addition, Google has added a hidden Easter egg. If you tap the “?” icon 100 times you’ll hear a 1-UP sound just like in the classic Nintendo games.

This integration will be available for a week only, so you can enjoy using Mario if you miss out this weekend.

For additional details, head on over to The Verge.

In related news, Nintendo is bringing ‘Mario Kart’ to smartphones in 2019.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer
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