Mario, one of the most iconic video characters of all time, has apparently changed professions. The fictional character has for long been taken as a professional plumber, helping out with drainage solutions when there is no need to stomp Goombas or save princesses from castles. However, as it is with everyone, people move on with time to explore other arrays of life.

A newly updated profile page on the official Japanese website of Nintendo states that Mario is focusing on “everything cool” for the time being. There is no information to verify whether this means a temporary break from the plumbing job or not.

“All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, [Mario] does everything cool,” reads the description. “As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…”

Mario made his debut in 1981 as a carpenter in the Donkey Kong arcade game. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator, backed this in a recent interview with USA Today. However, since the following installments involved a lot of underground pipes and subterranean levels, the company decided to hand Mario a plumber.

The Italian video game character will be returning to the front with Super Mario Odyssey next month, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It features a vibrant open-ended world, focusing on exploration and puzzles much like its predecessors. The developer has also decided to give players unlimited lives to continue their adventures without any worries. The early previews at the game are already making fans drool. It goes without saying that Super Mario Odyssey will be another highly successful title for the hybrid console.

via GameSpot