Nintendo Says Mario is No Longer a Plumber

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In their attempts to endlessly retcon stories behind their numerous game franchises, Nintendo has updated the official Japanese profile pages (via Kotaku) for Mario and friends with some slightly new information.

The new profile page points out that Mario has held a multitude of jobs across the various mainline and spinoff games and properties within the franchise, but it also notes that he “seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago..”

This sounds like Nintendo is officially admitting that he’s finally put away his license to plumb, and he’s completely embraced his role as .. well, savior of the universe, chef, racecar driver, construction worker, pilot, doctor, theme park owner, referee, and so on.

Mario was first introduced via the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong as Jumpman. Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto said that originally the character was a carpenter, since the game took place on a construction site.

The 1983 arcade follow-up Mario Bros. introduced Mario’s brother Luigi, as well as warp pipes – thus Nintendo went along with the new themes and said they were plumbers. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! also depicted the brothers as literal plumbers in New York City.

The latest game in the franchise, Super Mario Odyssey, launches for the Nintendo Switch on October 27th, worldwide. In case you missed it, you can find our exclusive, hands-on preview for the game (with video) here from this year’s E3.

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  1. Just Some Guy
    Just Some Guy
    September 4, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    That’s retarded. Might as well change his outfit then.

  2. John Smith
    John Smith
    September 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Whatever outfit they change him to will be cultural appropriation

  3. blackice85
    September 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    It’s already a caricature of Italians, but no one seems to care. Not personally offended myself, but I imagine some are.

  4. Foreign Horde
    Foreign Horde
    September 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I always thought the Mario Bros. were general contractors, since they’ve been seeing doing various different jobs besides plumbing – but usually related to the construction industry.

  5. Pico
    September 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    This explains why Nintendo has so many leaks

  6. orbo
    September 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Well at least they’re finally admitting it.
    Though I have to question why they even use pipes anymore in that case, pipes aren’t iconic to mario just because they’re in a bunch of his games, but because he’s also known as a plumber.
    If they then say “he’s not a plumber” then I have to ask what the deal is with all the pipes then.

  7. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Well, I guess it makes sense, when was the last time Mario actually did any plumbing? He’s usually doing everything but plumbing. It’s not like it really matters anyway, lore isn’t exactly a high priority for the series.

  8. Mr0303
    September 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    With all the coins he’s collected he can pay people to clean up shit.

  9. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    September 4, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Racism against white people? What are you a white supremacist? /s

  10. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    September 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Well he is inspired by Popeye, and Popeye mostly did anything but sailing.

  11. Sigurd Chalphy
    Sigurd Chalphy
    September 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    According to Treehouse, he’s now a black transgender poly-wolfkin from the 12th Dimension who fought in the great meme war against 4chins.

  12. Zombie_Barioth
    September 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    The Mario Bros. were supposed to be modeled after blue-collar workers. I don’t think it really matters WHAT they do as far as Nintendo is concerned, so long as its an “every-man” sort of job.

  13. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Don’t occupation shame him, bro!
    Whatever happened to their plan to make a waifubait Mario sister?

  14. Zombie_Barioth
    September 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I think the key here is “not anymore”. He’s not officially a plumber anymore, but like any good retiree still knows his way around his old profession.

    Mario’s basically the friendly neighbor who happily offers to come over and fix your pipes now.

  15. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t know, he apparently has a fuckton of jobs so I doubt he’s any good at anything beyond beating on Bowser.

  16. random
    September 4, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    why make every single thing about your own issues?

  17. blackice85
    September 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Heh, but in all seriousness, my mother is actually a bit bothered by it. Growing up in Yonkers as an Italian did in fact result in racist slurs against her and her family. The Irish had to deal with it too.

  18. Zombie_Barioth
    September 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Well that probably has more to do with the Mario universe being more like a play or cartoon, with Mario and co. being the actors.

    He isn’t necessarily good at all of them, but he’s being stuck in (or pulled into) those roles for one reason or another, and being the happy go lucky nice guy that he is, he plays along.

  19. ProtomanBlues
    September 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    I think Mario 3D World was the only time he actually did any plumbing in a game, and it was in the opening cutscene lol

  20. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    September 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Like what? ‘

    Name one Nintendo related leak, ever.

    Mario + Rabbids was an Ubisoft game.

  21. Migi
    September 5, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Maria sister is most likely a codename for a Transgender Mario, Cosndiering Nintendo has gone the way of the SJW.

  22. GamesGoodMeGood
    September 5, 2017 at 1:06 am

    What next? Mario teaching Gender Studies courses?

  23. John Smith
    John Smith
    September 5, 2017 at 1:19 am

    you can spin that as in insult to trannies since Mario always reverts back to a cis white male

  24. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    September 5, 2017 at 4:28 am

    I giapponesi sono sempre stati un po’ razzisti. Non è una novità.

  25. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    September 5, 2017 at 4:30 am

    As a fake italian you mean.. Spaghetti con le polpette=inesistenti, pane all’aglio=non è una cosa solo italiana ed è comunque specifico solo ad alcune regioni. Qui in Sardegna per esempio non c’è. Più pane alla cipolla, al lardo o alla pancetta..

  26. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    September 5, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Sarà una lardosa di merda, non ti preoccupare.

  27. Francesco Azzena
    Francesco Azzena
    September 5, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Il senso dell’umorismo, questo sconosciuto. lol

  28. entropy
    September 5, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Why get triggered about someone else’s issues?

  29. entropy
    September 5, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Turns out Mario is actually the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and the rightful king of Westeros.

  30. Kessek
    September 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Make Mushroom Kingdom great again.

  31. Pico
    September 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

    The fucking Switch

  32. Pico
    September 5, 2017 at 8:56 am

    4 Chins, that’s offensive towards feminists

  33. blackice85
    September 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    My mother is?

  34. Bitterbear
    September 5, 2017 at 11:38 am

    He does wear a red cap with a big M in the centre.

  35. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    They were thinking about it years ago but I guess they said fuck it or the idea was so heretical that the brainwashing of their fans wasn’t strong enough to hold up.

  36. No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Even in vidja, the world is the slave to life.

  37. Crizzyeyes
    September 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Because its a reflection of the fact that big moneymaking studios change successful core IPs for no fucking reason.

  38. Kei
    September 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Pokemon Sun/Moon’s early leak? Fire Emblem Echoes’ early leak?

  39. Pico
    September 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

    SuperMetalDave64 leaked a full year of 3ds releases

  40. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    September 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Ahahaha. No he didn’t.