After living the pipe-crawling life for so long, Mario is apparently no longer everyone’s favorite plumber. It would be a move up in the world for Nintendo’s star character, if he hadn’t stopped being a plumber long ago.
According to a recent update of Mario’s official profile on the Japanese-language Nintendo site, Mario’s most well-known career is old news. We might have suspected as much when he suddenly took to competing in the Olympics and performing intergalactic space rescues, but now we have our official confirmation of the change.
Here’s how the new profile explains the character, in rough translation:
“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…”
It’s true that Mario’s plumber career has some lengthy history. Though when the character debuted as “Jumpman” in Donkey Kong in 1981, he was originally presented as a carpenter. It was only in 1983, with the launch of the arcade game Mario Bros. and Luigi’s subsequent appearance, that the two characters became known as Italian-American plumbers. But as Shigeru Miyamoto explained in an interview with USA Today, Mario’s role is dictated by the scenario.
“With Donkey Kong, we have this gorilla who grabs this gal and runs away with her and you have to go chase the gorilla down to save the lady. And the game’s stage was a construction site, so we made him into basically a carpenter. …. With (1983’s) Mario Bros., we brought in Luigi and a lot of the game was played underground so we made him to fit that setting and, we decided he could be a plumber.”
This recent news about Mario isn’t likely to change how players perceive and interact with the Nintendo star too much. Of course, there might be more speculation to come as to what Mario is now exactly.
Superstar athlete adventurer board-game-player, perhaps?