Charles Martinet Doesn’t Know What Mario Ambassadors Do


For Nintendo fans, a somber cloud of sad news has been lingering around. Recently, the voice of Mario himself, Charles Martinet, recently announced his choice to step back from voicing the iconic game character. For many, Charles was the voice of Mario for many Nintendo fans who grew up playing games since the release of Super Mario 64. Along with the news of Charles no longer voicing Mario, Nintendo revealed that Charles would become an ambassador for Nintendo and the Mario franchise. But there’s one tiny problem. Charles still doesn’t know what a Mario ambassador does!

At the Texas-hosted convention Galaxy Con over Labor Day weekend, Charles Martinet was on a panel where he spoke with fans about his time as the voice of Mario. During the panel, Charles was asked about becoming a Mario ambassador and what he might do now that he won’t be involved with any new games. The response that fans got was both surprising and casually honest because even Charles still doesn’t have a full grasp on what that fully means.

When speaking on the panel, Charles was optimistic about it. “You might’ve seen the news, I’m a ‘Mario Ambassador… I don’t know what that is yet. I’m not retired, as it were, but I’m an ambassador. And as we step forward into the future, I will learn, we’ll all learn, what exactly that is.” Since the announcement by Nintendo over social media, the company hasn’t detailed or made an attempt to explain what exactly being a Mario ambassador will include. Although the company did mention that Charles would travel around the world, most likely to various gaming events, they didn’t go into any kind of detail.

And yet, that doesn’t seem to mean a lot will change for Charles himself. He’s been known to be incredibly enthusiastic about interacting with fans of Mario and Nintendo gamers wherever he goes. At the same panel, Charles said he plans to keep doing what he does best. “But in the meantime, you know, I’ll be ambassading as I always have. I’m always an ambassador of Nintendo and Mario at all of these events because I just cherish every moment of it, and I hope that, you know, your love of the game continues and grows the way mine does. So, thank you so much.”

Charles rounds off his time voicing Mario at around 25 years, which is an incredible run for any voice actor to play one massive character. As far as who will be taking over voicing duties moving forward, Nintendo has not yet discussed or announced who will step into the blue overalls and red cap. Charles Martinet is not lending his voice as Mario for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder on Nintendo Switch, so we don’t know who is doing the voice in there yet. Hopefully soon, Nintendo has a lot of things to say about what comes next for their iconic character.

What do you think about this news for Mario and Nintendo? Got an idea of what a Mario ambassador could do? Are you going to miss Charles Martinet voicing Mario in new games? Tell us your thoughts about everything down below in the comment section!



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