Before the launch of Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo threw a curveball by suggesting Mario was no longer a plumber by trade. While we’ve had time to process his job swap, Nintendo has pulled the rug out from under us once again. He actually is a plumber.
A thread on the Nintendo subreddit pointed out Nintendo Japan’s Mario Portal page has changed Mario’s description to confirm his job status. According to the updated Japanese character index (via Google translate), Mario’s official “occupation is a plumber.”
In September 2017, an updated description on the same Japanese-language profile led many fans to believe Mario had dropped his longtime career. The blurb read: “As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…” While odd for Nintendo to change Mario’s occupation out of the blue, the decision seemed to fall in line with the theme of his then-upcoming Nintendo Switch adventure. In Odyssey, players take Mario to several different lands that offer new outfits, with a few related to possible professions.
While Mario has donned many uniforms and possible jobs, it seems Nintendo wanted to make it clear that his plumber identifier didn’t go away. Interestingly, the iconic character hasn’t always officially been a plumber, according to Nintendo. Previously, Shigeru Miyamoto stated Mario was a carpenter in his 1981 appearance in Donkey Kong, but the company changed him to a plumber when Mario Bros. released in 1983.
For fans hoping Mario would be expanding his job opportunities, they can still pretend with Odyssey. Apart from the many outfits already available in the Switch title, recent data mining is pointing to more clothing options coming down the line. Also, with the introduction of the Luigi’s Balloon World minigame, players can dress up Mario as a musician, tourist, and knight. Have fun storming the castle!
Super Mario Odyssey is available for the Nintendo Switch.
Source: Game Rant