In his lifetime, Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario has worn many hats. He’s been a race car driver, and landscape artist, a professional golfer, a tennis player, a game show contestant, an over-prescribing doctor, a time traveling detective, and an intergalactic messiah. But throughout all his career changes, we’ve always known him to be a humble Italian plumber.
Now, according to the official Japanese profile, Mario is a plumber no longer. According to Kotaku, the official Nintendo profile for Mario now reads:
"All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago..."
To be fair to Mario, he hasn’t actually performed much plumbing in any of his games. There was a brief stint in Super Mario 3D World where he repaired a pipe for the Mushroom Kingdom, and in a few other games, he’s done what might be considered some light handiwork. But most of his plumbing seems to be clearing the pipes of monsters by either throwing fireballs at man-eating mushrooms or by jumping on carnivorous turtles.
Curiously, Luigi still seems to be listed with plumbing as his day job, so it’s only Mario that’s decided to do the mid-life career switch. Maybe we’ll see him go back to college to get his computer science degree, like so many of us consider nowadays.
Actually, according to Nintendo Director Shigeru Miyamoto, this isn’t even Mario’s first career change. Back in the early 80’s when he was in the Donkey Kong arcade cabinet, he was apparently 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,” Miyamoto said in an interview with USA Today. “The scenario dictates his role.”
While that may be true, it certainly didn’t stop everyone on Twitter from losing their collective minds.
Mario already has a lot of cred as a race car driver, so maybe Uber is his next job!
If Mario isn’t a plumber anymore, does he drive cars now? Is this what Mario Kart 8 was preparing us for?— minor gnoll celebrity (@DeMarko) September 4, 2017
“It’s-a me, your Uber driver!”
But I think we can all sympathize with this tweet on Mario’s sudden career move:
Us: Good morning! It's a beautiful day!— Joe-Joe and Kim! (@joejoehasfun) September 4, 2017
Nintendo: Mario is no longer a plumber.
Mario returns in Super Mario Odyssey, coming to the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27, 2017. Maybe then we’ll find out what he plans to do with his life.