For many people who grew up with Nintendo games in the 90s, the voice of Mario has always been done by Charles Martinet. Since the release of Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 back in 1996, Charles has portrayed the voice of the iconic character, going on to voice Mario and many other characters in various Super Mario games. For Nintendo fans, there is no other more fitting to play the voice of Mario in any game released by Nintendo. But it looks like that will be coming to an end, as Nintendo announced a coming change that marks the end of an era.
In a post released by Nintendo over Twitter, the company released a statement announcing that Charles Martinet will be stepping back from voicing Mario in future games. In addition to that, Charles will instead be moving into a new role as a Mario Ambassador. As far as what that new role might mean, no details were given. Nintendo went on to praise the work they’ve done with Charles over the years in many video games starring the red and blue plumber.
We have a message for fans of the Mushroom Kingdom. Please take a look. pic.twitter.com/U1ASicOuTO
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 21, 2023
“It has been an honor working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank him and celebrate him…” Charles himself went on to retweet and share a short message about the announcement shortly after it went live. “My new Adventure begins! You are all Number One in my heart! #whooohooo!”
Although it hasn’t gone live just yet, Nintendo did say that Charles would be releasing a special video discussing everything, which will include Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Hopefully, the video will give some insight into what comes next for Charles Martinet as Mario Ambassador. Following the announcement, no details about who might be the next one to step into the shoes as the voice of Mario. After the announcement, it was confirmed that Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be the first Mario game from Nintendo that will not have Charles Martinet doing the voice of Mario.
Since the release of Super Mario 64, Charles has been the voice of Mario in nearly every video game release from Nintendo that included Mario. This includes spin-offs of the Mario series like Luigi’s Mansion, as well as other major releases from Nintendo like the Super Smash Bros. games. Charles was also the voice of other Mario series characters like Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and many others.
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