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Mario Isn’t A Plumber?

Nick B

Everyone knows Mario, the portly but amazingly athletic plumber who has saved the Mushroom Kingdom countless times.  Even if you don’t play video games you would be hard pressed to have never been exposed to him.  He’s everywhere.  And love it or hate it, he’s probably the world’s most famous plumber.  If you are in the industry you most likely have had people bring it up from time to time.  Well the next time someone calls you Mario for being a plumber you can call them out because he is officially out of the industry.


Every generation of Mario and not a single tool…


Nintendo has recently updated Mario’s official profile on their website and well… well it’s in Japanese, but thanks to a kotaku article I got the translation,


“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…”


Basically Mario didn’t bother to get his plumbing license renewed.  Another thing you might not have known about the man, Mario didn’t even begin his career as a plumber.  He first appeared in 1981’s Donkey Kong with the name “Jumpman” and a profession in carpentry!  Mario was originally made to fit and reflect the settings he found himself in.  So as Jumpman he was a carpenter because Donkey Kong took place on a construction site, but when he next appeared in 1983’s Mario Bros. he found himself underground in pipes and sewer like areas, so he became a plumber.  That setting stuck and the part-time profession of plumber became a full-time gig.  This isn’t speculation, this comes right from the creator of Mario and most things Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto himself!


So in the end of the day Mario has been in the Trades since the beginning, but finds himself playing more golf and tennis than fixing pipes.  He’s essentially retired, but like all good plumbers he’s sure to return to the world of plumbing from time to time.  It’s in his blood.


Maybe not that retired – (source)


So do you ever see yourself pulling a Mario and taking a step back from plumbing to focus on having fun with your friends?  He’s been at it for at least 36 years not counting his education, apprentice, and journeyman years (he was working on his own first time we saw him).  Until you decided it’s time to focus on your Go-Karting full-time, be sure to go to for all of your plumbing, heating, and HVAC needs.  With over 90,000 products, fast shipping, and industry low prices we’ve got what you need.  Unfortunately we are fresh out of Super Stars…


UPDATE: Mario is back to Plumbing!


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