Google 'Super Mario Bros' to get access to surprise, coin-collecting Easter Egg

Game appears to be celebrating the anniversary of Super Mario Bros and Mario himself, both released 30 years ago

Andrew Griffin
Monday 14 September 2015 11:52
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Google “Super Mario Bros” and stick in some headphones. Click the little box next to the pictures on the right — and see if you can get any more work done all day.

The search engine has installed a special little easter egg to celebrate the classic games’ 30-year anniversary. Super Mario Bros — and Mario, who had been known as Jumpman before — came out in Japan on September 13, 1985, and Nintendo as well as other companies are running a series of events and features to celebrate the anniversary.

The game recreates the classic clinking coin sounds of Mario. And it has a nostalgic surprise that awaits once people have clicked on it at 100 times.

Microsoft has also featured a special Easter Egg for the day, rechristening the celebration “8-bit day”. In keeping with that, it featured a special gif of ninja cat, its unofficial mascot, riding a T-Rex.

Heading to the Microsoft website and typing the Konami Code — Up arrow, up arrow, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, B, A — brought up the animation.

Google’s Easter Egg is just one of a huge number of gaming-themed treats that are hidden in the search engine. That includes the option to search “do a barrel roll” and have the results flip upside down, as in Star Fox, and a version of Pac-Man that turned Google Maps into a playable version of the game.

They even extend to Google’s browser, Chrome, which has a no internet connection error that can turn into a desert-themed game featuring a dinosaur.

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