Mario Has Officially Left The Plumbing Life Behind

Mario, as many of you already know, is a man of many hats. Not only is he an adventurer who has covered every corner of the Mushroom Kingdom by now, but he's also quite the sports star and go kart racer. One of his oldest roles, however, is that of every day plumber – an occupation he has held since Nintendo first started crafting the Mario mythos. Until today, that is.

According to a new profile that has popped up on Nintendo's Japanese site, Mario has hung up his plunger and toilet auger, moving onto bigger and better things. The profile was discovered by Kotaku over the weekend, and in fact, it seems to suggest that he hasn't worked that particular dirty job in quite some time.

All around sporty, whether it's tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, he does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago...

Of course, it's kind of hard to hold down a steady job when the Mushroom Kingdom needs to constantly be rescued from Bowser and his unrelenting hordes. Assuming all of the gold coins Mario encounters on his journey have some kind of value in whatever world he's from, Mario's exploits in the Mushroom Kingdom have probably made him stinking rich anyway.

That begs the question: where is Mario actually from? 1993's Super Mario Bros. – a must-watch movie for those of you looking for a "so bad it's good" masterpiece – says that Mario and Luigi are from Brooklyn, but is that canon? Was Mario just the resident plumber of the Mushroom Kingdom until the first time Bowser made off with Princess Peach? With Mario's history as a plumber so easily swept under the rug, we may never know for sure.

So, there you have it: Mario is no longer a plumber and instead is now a full-time go kart driver, brawler, time traveler, spaceman, and Olympic all-star. Apologies to all who have had the illusion ruined by this realization.