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access_time September 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

New York Times runs correction note about comment made about Mario in 1988

Mario: Plumber, or janitor?

Mario: Plumber, or janitor?

Today, the New York Times ran a correction note, fixing a mistake that they made about Mario and Luigi back in 1988.

The article stated, “Many Nintendo best sellers, like ”Super Mario Bros. 2,” are based on wildly preposterous premises, this particular one being two mustachioed Italian janitors who endure various trials, such as dodging hammer-swinging turtles and lava balls and man-eating plants, in order to save a Mushroom Princess. No matter. Kids can’t get enough of the games.”

We all know that the brothers aren’t janitors, but plumbers, as the New York Times stated in a correction article today. The article read, “An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors.”

It seems odd that they would run such a correction 25 years later, but perhaps it makes sense, since it was quoted in an obituary.

What do you think?

Thanks, Kotaku.


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