Mario Rediscovers His Passion (He’s a Plumber Again)

Mario returns to what he loves best

Sometimes, the hardest person to understand is one’s own self. In a world of many paths and choices, it can be hard to know what it is that we truly want. It is a lesson Mario appears to have learned most recently.


It was big news when Nintendo revealed that Mario was no longer a plumber. Then, it wasn’t even that he had suddenly left the career—what was truly surprising was that Mario had not been a plumber for some time.

We don’t know exactly when it happened, but somewhere out there; amidst all the glitz, and the glam, and the fashion; Mario must have forgotten what it meant to him.*

Anchorless, without definition, it has likely been a difficult crisis of identity for Mario, even as he sells hits like Odyssey. But all that ends today, as our man returns to what truly made him feel happy and special.

If you’re wondering where all of this is coming from, most of it has been extrapolated from a single line. Mario’s bio on the official Japanese website of Nintendo has long been considered the most official source of information we have on the dreamer. It was what initially told us that he had been a long time away from his plumbing career, and it has informed us again of his return.

Thanks to Super Mario Wiki for the translation.

Though the text is in Japanese, the line saying Mario was once a plumber has been replaced. In summary, the new line says:

“His occupation is plumber. However, his activity is not confined to that area.”

One might say that Mario is a man of many caps. But bad jokes aside, the news is good news. Even if I don’t understand why our friend is the one to do all these things (participate in the Olympics, fight a princess-stealing dragon, race go-karts, etc.), at least he has a passion to hold onto.

And at least I have something to make sense of the character.


*Sorry, I’m just imagining Mario singing Airplanes.

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