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Mario ditches his job as plumber to become a sports star


According to Nintendo, Mario’s hung up his wrench and overalls and is no longer working as a plumber.

The iconic star’s official Japanese profile has been updated, as spotted by Kotaku, letting fans know that Mario’s no longer a tradie. Instead, he’s seemingly a pro athlete.

“All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he [Mario] does everything cool,” the profile now reads. “As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…”

While “everything cool” doesn’t specifically imply a sole focus on sports, each of Nintendo’s examples sure does.

This doesn’t mark the first big career change in Mario’s life, however. Back in 2010, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto suggested Mario’s first role was as an all-purpose carpenter in 1981’s Donkey Kong.

“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 to USA Today. “The scenario dictates his role.”

We wish Mario all the best in his new endeavours — the most recent of which is world-saver in Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle on Nintendo Switch.