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.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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