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Nintendo News Roundup: Mario Isn’t A Plumber Anymore, New ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Kingdoms Revealed Via Amiibo

Mario, perhaps the most iconic Italian plumber in the entire world, is facing an identity crisis. Nintendo has now revealed that he'd stopped working as a plumber quite long ago and has been up to pretty cool side gigs ever since.

Mario Is No Longer A Plumber, Nintendo Confirms

We've seen Mario in several different outfits: a doctor, a somersaulting-Olympian alongside Sonic, a Tennis player, a Basketball player, a kart racer, and, most recently, a Rabbid in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, released recently for the Nintendo Switch. So it makes sense why the mustachioed Italian would drop his plumbing duties looking at how cool his other jobs have been.

This is how Nintendo currently describes Mario, as translated by Kotaku:

"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 ..."

Perhaps having had the chance to work on other more high-profile jobs has given Mario enough money to retire from plumbing altogether. He's traveling to different parts of the world now, as seen on Super Mario Odyssey, and he even has his own floating ship.

Whatever Mario's career is, we'll support him all the way.

Amiibo Box Designs Reveal New 'Super Mario Odyssey' Kingdoms

Speaking of Super Mario Odyssey, newly released amiibo packaging design may have just revealed more kingdoms in the game.

Since the title was announced several months ago, Super Mario fans have huddled together and speculated on the game's seemingly scant number of worlds. The total currently stands at seven, pieced together from announcements, teasers, and some good ol' sleuthing: Metro Kingdom, Sand Kingdom, Wooded Kingdom, Luncheon Kingdom, Cap Kingdom, Cascade Kingdom, and Seaside Kingdom.

But with the release of Super Mario Odyssey amiibo box art, fans were able to do a bit more digging. YouTuber Apermax, for instance, uncovered three new kingdom names that haven't been referred to before. These are Mushroom Kingdom, Snow Kingdom, and Lake Kingdom. "Mushroom," however, is still contested since only "om" is seen.

The total speculated number of worlds is now 10, and fans think the map is far too large to only include few worlds. It's possible more will be revealed soon as the game nears the October release date. This is, after all, a game based on an "odyssey," which means a long journey full of adventures. Whether 10 worlds are enough to fulfill that definition remains to be seen, especially because the game looks more like a sandbox-type title than the traditional Mario game divided into time-limited levels.

Super Mario Odyssey launches Oct. 27 exclusively on the Switch.

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