Super Mario is a game franchise which has likely been a part of many of our childhoods in one way or another and at one point in time. As one of the biggest if not the biggest franchise for Nintendo, it’s no surprise that Super Mario Bros. has been around now for 30 years, with the franchise and characters spanning multiple Nintendo consoles over that time period. As it stands, Mario’s 30th anniversary is today, and it would seem that the teams at Google have had their fair share of run-ins with the character and the game as they’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. in their own unique way: With an easter egg.
In true Google fashion, an easter egg that pays homage to one of the most iconic video game characters of all time is no less than what we should expect from the search company, as they put easter eggs in just about anything they touch. It’s a fun and whimsical way to keep things lighthearted, and it’s especially cool for those who the easter egg resonates with. In this case, Nintendo and Super Mario fans. Those who have played or are at least familiar with Super Mario Bros. will know that a big part of the game are the blocks with question marks on them in every level that you can jump and hit. Sometimes these blocks just give you coins you can collect and after a few hits they turn blank. Other times they give you a special 1-UP, a mushroom to make you bigger, or another ability.
To find the easter egg all you have to do is type up Super Mario Bros in the search field of either Google Now or google.com in the browser, and the results page will show a listing for Super Mario Bros. with the title bar in red, and a question mark block at the end. If you tap on this block it spits out a coin and “200 points” like you’d see in the game after hitting the block. You can continually tap this and after a certain number of taps the sound changes from the audio of when you pick up coins to the sound you hear when you get a 1-UP mushroom. f you find yourself bored for a minute or two and need something to give you a perk, this should do the trick.