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Mario Officially Holds 7 Jobs, Nintendo Says

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on January 3, 2019 at 8:30 AM
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Mario of Super Mario Bros. fame is well-known for engaging in a variety of activities, but we weren't quite sure what the guy did for a living aside from being a plumber. According to Nintendo, the Italian adventurer has picked up a little extra work in recent years. Officially, the Japanese-company states that he has seven jobs, putting to final rest to rest a controversy that erupted when the company said Mario wasn't a plumber on their website.

The earliest lore about Mario stated that he was a plumber. This was a pretty sensible idea considering all the time he spent diving into pipes, although he had a startling lack of tools at his disposal. I guess you don't have much need for hammers or torches when you can punch bricks to pieces and throw fireballs with a magic flower.

 

Several decades later, the Italian plumber has had stints in several different professions (and a heck of a lot more hobbies). Nintendo has come out with an official list of the seven jobs that he holds. (Man, talk about a down economy!) Here they are!

  1. Plumber
  2. Doctor
  3. Racer
  4. Martial Artist
  5. Professional Baseball Player
  6. Soccer Player
  7. Basketball Player
This list of jobs raises more questions than answers. To start, medical school typically involves twelve years of intense training (including actual practicing of medicine). That's the toughest one in the bunch by far. The martial arts and sports can be covered by his strangely good physical fitness and racer can equally be covered by his uncharacteristically sharp reflexes.

What's notable is that this official list isn't all-inclusive. There have been a lot of games involving Mario over the years. He had a stint on a demolition crew (Wrecking Crew), as a referee (Punch Out!!), an educator (Mario Teaches Typing), and a whole lot more after starting in construction in Donkey Kong. Granted, some of these may have been hobbies. Now that's a list that would be truly impressive to see.

What do you think of Nintendo's list of Mario's seven jobs? Do you think they left out something important? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!