A bit like the time when Nintendo told us that Yoshi is not a dinosaur, only to be disproved by its own resources, the company is happy to play fast and loose with 'lore' around its more light-hearted characters. Why not, too, as there are bigger things to worry about.
Still, in a fun / random occurrence, an updated character profile for Mario on Nintendo's website apparently says he's no longer a plumber, with those days in his past. The translation is via Kotaku:
All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago...
This does make sense, as Mario stopped having a 'profession' pretty early on (when you think about it). He may have showed off some plumbing skills in Super Mario 3D World, but that doesn't mean it's still a job.
Or maybe this is overthinking things...
With thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the heads up.
Let's be real though, no one could be a plumber while simultaneously doing all the stuff Mario does. I think I've only seen him fix a pipe in a game once, and that was in the intro of super Mario 3D world.
Not to mention, he's in mushroom kingdom now, so he's left his old job behind for years. The folks at home probably think he and his brother died in a freak plumbing incident.
Well well well...
Mario is a Multitasking character with Plumber outfits.
I would play a plumber simulator featuring Mario!
Mario does a different kind of plumbing these days.......Peach.
There have been so many leaks from Nintendo and Ubisoft that this should have been apparent.
@Kalmaro I mean Mario is mushroom kingdom born and raised. Nothing other then the supershow/Movie says otherwise. How else would he have been delivered by storks and end up on Yoshi's island.
Nope. not even super mario bros 1 instruction booklet says he is from another world. simply says he was the only one in the mushroom kingdom that could stop bowser (well Koopa turtle king)
Is he still a doctor/boxing referee?
But then why does he still dress like a plumber?
@Sir_Anthony He needs to keep his signature appearance.
@argol228 guess my age is showing, whoops!
Mario Odyssey pre-order cancelled.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Overalls and disposable gloves? Well...it's certainly a stand out look
@SLIGEACH_EIRE My guess is he prefers not to walk around as a frog or tanooki in his daily life.
He should buy some casual clothing for his wardrobe...
@Kalmaro I mean I was born in the 80s, never saw the movie or supershow until mid 2000s on youtube.
Ah, yes, Mario was known to be a plumber when the original 'Mario Bros' made its debut. BUT, this wasn't his first profession.
Mario first came into the scene as a carpenter in Donkey Kong.
Do you think Peach pays Mario? Perhaps he just gets a bunch of stuff for free, like his house and a set of groceries every two weeks.
I think being a plumber is like being a president. Even when you're no longer actively serving, people still refer to you as 'president'. Or possibly various expletives if they're feeling less generous.
Another possible similarity is that if you do the job wrong, you end up getting your hands covered in sh...erbet.
Anyway, the point is, once a plumber, always a plumber. He's certainly plumbed his way into my heart.
I'd quit plumbing as well if I ever saw a Piranha Plant come out of a pipe.
@argol228 I was born in the 80's and saw a little of it!
Makes sense. Mickey gave up being a mouse a while ago too.
he gotta make some money, somehow.
My whole universe just got flipped upside down...
Well wasn't this obvious? For as long as I know him, Mario has been jumping around, driving carts and playing various sports.
Of course he has moved on from plumbing or has anyone seen him plumbing recently?
I would love to see a new AAA Mario from the main team called "Mario Tackles the Job Market"
Being hero of the Mushroom Kingdom pays more than unclogging a toilet.
The next thing you know, Mario is a legendary agent who's corporation fights Metal Gear XD
Mario's an everyman, that's pretty much it.
He can be a toy manufacturer if he want to be, or a doctor.
He's even been in the army, carrying bombs to his troops.
Mario is the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom who has saved its Princess, its kings, and its people many times over, so I doubt he would be a plumber anymore.
I always assumed that Mario and Luigi's needs were handled by the Government of the Mushroom Kingdom as a reward for all their hard work stoping Bowser time and time again. Being close friends with the Princess also has its benefits as well.
Plus, he does work as a Doctor as well when he's not fighting Bowser, so I assume he gets paid well at that job.
One other thing to note is that Mario pretty much finds hundreds of coins lying around on every adventure he goes on, and unlike say Link in Zelda or Marth, Roy, or Ike, he is not required to spend his coins to buy equipment, weapons, or other items(barring the RPGs), so all the coins that he finds, he keeps.
Which given how common coins are in an average Mario game, we are talking hundreds if not thousands of coins that Mario finds per game.
Between those three things, Mario does not need to work a real job like Plumbing ever again.
Gues he got tired of dealing with the Toad stool
No, no no. Mario's the only famous plumber, and Sonic is the only famous hedgehog. That's just the way things are.
@Mystemo I hate you and also I love you for this.
I think he's actually a farmer.
As long as Rabbids aren't considered canon, I don't mind too much about his lore.
Well...this changes things.
Saw people on other sites treating this news like it's the end of the world and I'm like, wat lol
@Kalmaro If he was still a plumber, he'd never turn up on time.
@Hughesy Well he IS always late to save Peach.
@Kalmaro Haha that's true.
Mario was a plumber when Peach was Pauline. Or was Pauline actually Daisy with a pseudonym? Either way, once he got the plumbing fixed in the earlier Mario games and became a household name, and also chased after the blonde bombshell Peach, he realized just adventuring and collecting money from his celebrity status was enough to leave behind the less glamorous life of a plumber.
"He does everything cool..." sounds like Sonic.
Pauline was Mario's booty call back when he was living in Brooklyn. Once he ditched her to chase after princesses, Pauline moved out here to Long Island to become a daytime stripper.
(Soure: A certain NES guidebook's review of Donkey Kong)
Lol mario is somewhat like superman or goku. He blends in everywhere. To me he is still the plumber super hero lol. But he is also a doctor, A referee etc. But extremely powerful and an all-round fighter. Dont mess with the plumber.
he races with the fastest (sonic) he fights with the strongest (smashbros) he races with the best (mario kart)
he golfs like a pro (mario golf)
he loves a good party (mario party)
he travels galaxies (mario galaxy)
he destroys dragons (king koopa)
and he always saves the day lolll
He hasn't updated his cv as you can see
Am I the only one that thinks it would be cool to see him go back to his roots as a plumber for a game? Not a puzzle game but an actual story based game with a plumbing mechanic of sorts. Maybe in New Donk City now, where he's actually a plumber with Luigi?
@The-Chosen-one Well, Miyamoto also clarified that he's......not actually a Doctor..... He's a complete charlatan. Makes you wonder....was he ever a plumber?
lol exactly, this mario guy is a mystery.
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