Mario has officially lost his job as a plumber
In modern gaming, you've got your Fallouts, your Crash Bandicoots and your various Calls of Duty, but for me, and many other people growing up in the 80s and 90s, my first experience with video games was Super Mario.
If, for some reason, you've been living under a rock, Super Mario allows you to control the eponymous Super Mario, who runs around collecting coins and jumping on turtles, walking mushrooms and other bizarre abominations of nature. From time to time, you'll pick up a mushroom that will make you big, or a flower that shoots flame.
...Yeah, it's fair to say that twenty years from now when I'm explaining to my kids the premise of the game, I'm going to sound like I'm on drugs.
Super Mario and its various spin-offs (and one movie we don't talk about) have a lot of bizarre twists, but one of the portly Italian's defining features is no longer part of the Super Mario canon.
Picture, if you will, the first level of a Super Mario game. You're Mario, jumping around, collecting coins, smashing your head on bricks, when you jump into a green pipe to go through to a secret part of the level. Wait, what? The official explanation for Mario being so easily able to traverse green pipes is that Mario is, in fact, a plumber.
An amendment to Mario's official Nintendo page, however, indicates that Mario could now be back on the job market. The image below is from Mario's profile, and although it's in Japanese, the translated version of that text tells us a little bit more about what Mario likes to get up to.
"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..."
Yes, not only is Mario not a plumber, he apparently hasn't been one for a while, which explains how he has so much time to not only go on adventures, but seemingly take part in football, golf and kart-racing tournaments, as well as competing in inter-dimensional, intergalactic death matches (in the masterful Super Smash Bros. game series).
Of course, Mario hasn't always been a plumber. He hasn't always been Mario, either; his video gaming debut was in 1981's Donkey Kong, where he took on the tie-wearing ape on a construction site under the name "Jumpman". As a result Mario's creator, the late Shigeru Miyamoto, said that Mario was "basically a carpenter", citing 1983's Super Mario Bros as an example of how Mario seemingly changes professions on a whim.
"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."
Well, when you consider how Mario is the figurehead of so many games, having even competed in the Olympics against Sonic (which went about as well as you'd expect), I guess that makes sense. On the other hand, Mario is a doctor in Doctor Mario, so I can't say I'm 100 percent okay with it.