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.
— Charles Martinet (@CharlesMartinet) August 21, 2023
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.”
I know nothing can last forever and it’s been almost 30 years, it’s been great to have Martinet for this long already. Thank you for all the joy and for inventing Mario as we know him! https://t.co/Z6Luo02mjA
— Chuggaaconroy 🔜 PAX West (@chuggaaconroy) August 21, 2023
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.
On a personal note, there has never been a time in my life when Charles Martinet wasn't the voice of Mario. Few weeks have passed since I was a little where I haven't heard his voice. A profoundly joyous and meaningful performance that I'll always treasure.#ThankYouMartinet pic.twitter.com/lYyTXYHys6
— Abram Buehner @ PAX West (@AbramBuehner) August 21, 2023
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.
someone told me charles martinet's last role was papa mario, mario and luigi's father from the mario movie and his last line was: "these are my boys."
— JOLLY J✨ (@DynamoSuperX) August 21, 2023
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.
One of my favorite performances from Martinet was that Mario interview he did for Mario Sports Mix. You could tell he was having a lot of fun. Wish him the best going forward. pic.twitter.com/MSSskMuNJo
— Ultima📛| New Era (@UltimaShadowX) August 21, 2023
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