- Charles Martinet, the longtime voice of Mario, will no longer voice the character in Nintendo games.
- Martinet’s role as Mario will be retained, but he will continue to interact with fans and promote the franchise.
- Martinet has been the voice of Mario since 1991 and is closely associated with the character.
The iconic actor behind it Mario, Charles MartinetNintendo has confirmed that it will refrain from voicing the popular character. Use social media to share news. Nintendo revealed that Martinet will instead assume the position of “Mario Ambassador,” allowing him to travel the world and share in the joy of the character, the video games, and everything else in the franchise. You can read Nintendo’s statement below.
“Charles Martinet has long been the original voice of Mario in the Nintendo games, going back to Super Mario 64. Charles now steps into the brand new role of Mario Ambassador. With this transition, he will no longer be recording character voices for our games, but he will continue to travel the world sharing the joy of Mario and interacting with all of you!”
After announcing the news, Nintendo went on to reveal that Charles Martinet himself will soon be releasing a video that will also feature alongside the announcement Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
“It’s been an honor to work with Charles for so many years and help bring Mario to life and we want to thank and celebrate him.” Please look out for a special video message from Shigeru Miyamoto and Charlies himself, which we will publish at a later date.”
As of today’s announcement Martinet quoted Nintendo’s post adds: “My new adventure begins! In my heart you are all Numba One! #woohoo!!!!!!!!”
Charles Martinet has voiced Mario since 1991
Charles Martinet has sung the voice of Mario since 1991 and is now associated with songs like “Wahoo” and “It’s-a-me, Mario!” After his friend told him there were auditions at a trade show where candidates were asked to “talk to people as plumbers.” When Martinet arrived at the last minute, he was told, “You’re an Italian plumber from Brooklyn,” and rather than in a harsh, deep voice, he took things in a much friendlier direction.
When Martinet won the role, he initially voiced the character at video game trade shows where attendees could interact with a television screen displaying a 3D Mario head. Martinet voiced Mario for the first time in a video game for the 1994 CD version Mario teaches typingbefore becoming a true Nintendo classic thanks to 1996’s groundbreaking game Super Mario 64.
Over the years, Martinet has also provided voices for Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Metal Mario, Shadow Mario, Baby Mario, and many more, and it will no doubt be strange for fans to hear someone else’s voice behind Moustache.
In fact, Mario fans were disappointed when Martinet wasn’t chosen to voice the character in this year’s big-screen animation. The Super Mario Bros. Moviewith the studio casting instead Protector of the Galaxy Star Chris Pratt. To the chagrin of many. However, Martinet did have a cameo in the film as the father of Mario and Luigi.
Good luck to the new Mario Ambassador! Here we go!