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Voice actor Charles Martinet retires from voice acting Super Mario after 30 years


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The end of an era is near. Voice actor Charles Martinet stopped doing the voice of Mario after almost thirty years. The iconic voice actor announced this yesterday via X.

Nintendo appointed Martinet as a Mario Ambassador and will travel the world to represent Super Mario in his new role. The 67-year-old voice actor will no longer have time to voice Mario in his new role. “It was an honour to bring Mario to life with Charles, and we want to thank and celebrate him for that,” Nintendo said in a statement. According to the company, Martinet and Nintendo CEO Shigeru Miyamoto will soon release a special video message. On X, Martinet expresses his appreciation to all Mario fans: “You are all number one in my heart.”

On October 20, the game Super Mario Bros. Wonder is out on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has confirmed to Variety that Martinet will not voice Mario in that game. It is still unknown who will voice the legendary character.

Martinet joined Nintendo in 1991. The first Mario game to which he gave his voice was the 1994 Mario Teaches Typing. However, he got his first significant role in 1996, when Super Mario 64 was released on Nintendo 64. In addition, Martinet has contributed to many other Nintendo games, including Super Punch-Out!! Wario World and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.

Fans reminisce about Martinet’s work on social media. For example, many are happy that the voice actor can still be heard as Mario’s father in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Many gamers are also grateful to him for the pleasure they have had over the past thirty years with his voice acting in the Mario games.



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