It's the end of an era, my fellow gamers. Ever since his first appearance in 1981's Donkey Kong, Mario has become one of the most recognizable characters in video game history, and let's face it, everything from his outfit to his thick mustache are icons in their own right. As with any flagship character, it's difficult to imagine anything about the little guy being changed. But just like in the magical Mushroom Kingdom, nothing's out of the realm of possibility.
Mario Is Officially No Longer A Plumber
Mario has been known as a plumber for the majority of his existence. But it looks like his various forays into medicine, knighthood and race-car driving were just too attractive for him, because he's just abandoned his profession of choice.
The official Japanese #Nintendo site recently updated its character profiles. Mario's bio (translation courtesy of Kotaku), reveals the hero left his plumbing days behind a while ago:
"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."
Unfortunately, a time frame for when he left his wrenches and pipes behind wasn't given. On top of that, it's almost impossible to know because, well, he's been embroiled in his insane adventures since his debut.
Fans Aren't Quite Happy With This Decision
Unsurprisingly, this revelation caused quite a stir on social media, and longtime fans of the character and his mythology weren't very pleased:
Should We Really Be That Sad, Though?
I know it's not easy to see a character we've come to know for so many years change, but this shift isn't bad, nor heartbreaking. There's a reason why Nintendo's description lists his plumber days as memories long gone: Because being a plumber isn't integral to the character, nor has it been for years.
During an interview with USA Today, Mario creator #ShigeruMiyamoto revealed that the character changes profession depending on the environment he's in:
"We created the game design first and then we put the characters in to fit that. With 'Donkey Kong,' we have this gorilla [...] and you have to go chase the gorilla down to save the lady. And the game's stage was a construction site, so we made him into basically a carpenter... 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."
Taking that into account, this revelation won't affect our enjoyment of playing as him, at all. We'll be able to play as Mario once again in #SuperMarioOdyssey, which will center around the former plumber traveling across the galaxy to stop Bowser from marrying Princess Peach. The game will be released for the #NintendoSwitch on October 27, 2017.
How do you feel about Mario no longer being a plumber? Let me know in the comments!