Nintendo Claims Mario Hasn’t Been a Plumber for Quite Some Time


Have you ever had one of your dreams squashed by a mega corporation? Something you felt to be right for so long just abruptly coming to an end? That very thing may have just happened now that Nintendo has revealed Mario is no longer a plumber. An entire generation of aspiring plumbers go down the drain because a video game character can’t keep a job. Way to go, Luigi’s brother.

All joking aside, Nintendo has recently updated the profile page for Mario on their Japanese website and there is one thing that stands above the rest. “As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…” Obviously, this means that everyone’s favorite pixelated, pipe-dwelling hero of the Mushroom Kingdom is no longer one with the plunger. Then again, when has he ever actually been a plumber? Sure, he’s crawling around underground pipes and he wears overalls, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a plumber. In fact, he has done many things throughout his career. His new bio even mentions a few of them:

All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…”

Mario has certainly donned a number of hats since the release of 1981’s Donkey Kong, most of which are not that of a plumber. Plus, he’s been super busy saving Princess Peach all of these years. How could he possibly imagine running a successful plumbing business at the same time? According to creator Shigeru Miyamoto in a 2010 interview, Mario’s role is based on the environment. “The scenario dictates the role,” Miyamoto mentioned. Whether he is hanging around the underground or living it up on the tennis courts, we’ll always love you, our mustachioed friend.

The next time we’ll see the non-plumber is in Super Mario Odyssey, which is due out on October 27 for the Switch. Stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers in case we learn of any other changes to the character’s life choices, and for other Nintendo news, check out the following:

What say you, gamers? Is the news of Mario no longer being a plumber a bit heartbreaking, or have you always known something was up? Do you think Luigi is taking care of the day-to-day at the old plumbing business, or are they both out of the plunging game? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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