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News that Mario’s no longer a plumber rocks the internet

Mario, seen here in Super Mario Odyssey, has given up his former career as a plumber, according to his biography on Nintendo’s Japanese site.
Mario, seen here in Super Mario Odyssey, has given up his former career as a plumber, according to his biography on Nintendo’s Japanese site. Nintendo of America

Mario, the ubiquitous everyman hero of Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. games, among many others, has hung up his plumber’s cap for good, according to an updated biography from Nintendo.

The video game company recently revised Mario’s profile on its Japanese website. The new biography says Mario has various interests, such as soccer and racing, and once worked as a plumber a long time ago.

Mario started out as a carpenter in 1981’s Donkey Kong, creator Shigero Miyamoto told USA Today in 2010. He became a plumber in 1983’s Mario Bros., which featured Mario and brother Luigi working underground amid pipes popping out crates and turtles.

“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 told the paper “The scenario dictates his role.”

The news of Mario’s career change has hit the internet hard, with many fans taking to social media to express their concern and confusion.

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