Nintendo recently updated a profile of Mario on the video game publisher’s Japanese website. The profile describes Mario’s various interests such as soccer and car racing. However, it notes he was once a plumber a long time ago.
A rough translation of the profile through Google Translate says “Actually, there seems to have been work on ‘plumber’ long ago.” Video game site Kotaku seems to have a cleaner translation of the Japanese profile to English: “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 comes as no surprise, considering it’s been years since Mario’s really worked his supposed job. He has been very busy. He’s saved Princess Peach and the entire Mushroom Kingdom — numerous times. But almost never have we seen Mario perform the basic duties of a plumber. There are no toilets to be fixed in the Super Mario series.
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There are plenty of pipes, but when have we seen Mario fix them? Since the original Mario Bros., the starring pair sought to wipe some bad critters out of their pipes.
Keep in mind this doesn’t mean Mario was never a plumber. He’s just not plumbing right now. So, how did Mario become a plumber, to begin with? It started with the 1983 video game Mario Bros., where he and brother Luigi worked underground removing crabs and turtles popping out of pipes.
However, Mario first “profession” was a carpenter for the classic video game Donkey Kong, creator Shigeru Miyamoto told USA TODAY in an interview in 2010.
“We brought in Luigi and a lot of the game was played underground so we made him fit that setting and, we decided he could be a plumber,” he said. “The scenario dictates his role.