Fans are noticing a subtle, yet huge change to the career of Nintendo’s iconic mascot, Mario. Since his debut, Mario has officially been a plumber, but Nintendo has changed his character profile to reflect that he officially used to be a plumber.
According to Nintendo’s Japanese website, which features profiles for everyone from Daisy to Waluigi, Mario’s career today is that of a sporty jack of all trades. In the description, it says, “he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago...” This is the first time Nintendo has ever alluded to Mario no longer being a plumber.
“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…”
In an interview with USA Today back in 2010, Mario’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto explained that the original idea wasn’t so set-in-stone; he just happened to spend a lot of time underground, so they naturally made him a plumber.
“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. The scenario dictates his role.” — Shigeru Miyamoto
Today, however, it seems his plumbing days are behind him. What do you think of this development for one of gaming’s biggest icons?