New York Times got Mario and Luigi’s jobs wrong

The New York Times

A soon-to-be-classic correction in Friday morning’s New York Times:

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.

These people are portraying a plumber. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Nintendo of America)

Here’s the original obituary, by Hiroko Tabuchi.

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  • klishnor

    This is the best newspaper “apology” I have ever come across.

    Trolling level = Epic

  • peetre

    I thought they made pizzas

  • CitizenLoonie

    No, you don’t get it. We agree on that.

  • Wastrel Way

    Actually, the Super (TM) does it all.

  • msbook

    I don’t get it. NYTimes, usually (and wrongly) identified with liberal causes is faulted for admitting that they mis-identified avatars of the working class? How does the DNC fit in here? Are you just a troll, or just someone who has difficulty with simple logic?

  • LaurenceGlavin
  • bleedingheart67

    Not offended, just find it telling.

  • CitizenLoonie

    You feel the need to get overly offended about THAT!

  • Dooner P. Jenkins

    ^ This. Kudos.

  • bleedingheart67

    You feel the need to get snarkily political about THIS?

  • Lacerz

    New York Times = Idiots. No wonder they’re so far up the liberal arses.

  • DinkumThinkum

    I’m wonder why they are referencing Super Mario Bros. 2 — Number 1 was a huge revolution in gaming at the time, and number 3 was to become the gold standard in NES platforming games.

    Super Mario Bros. 2 was a re-branded version of Yume Koujou: Doki Doki Panic released in the states because Nintendo thought the true Super Mario Bros. 2 was too hard for Americans.

  • CitizenLoonie

    The staff at the NYT were incorrectly called reporters instead of DNC mouthpieces.

  • Andrew Suber


  • TheLibertyDefender

    I thought Mario and Luigi were community organizers…

  • Right Wired

    Actually…Mario was originally a carpenter.

  • AdmiralAkbarf

    I doubt a bunch of out-of-touch sophists at NYT even knew the difference between the two professions.

  • markgl

    Mop the floor. Power up!

  • bossmanham

    Wow. How could you not know what Mario and Luigi’s job is?

  • Ozzone

    Well I’m glad that’s finally cleared up. Waiting on the NYT to post a 25 year late retraction now.