Charles Martinet, the beloved voice behind the iconic video game character Mario, has announced that he is “stepping back from recording character voices” for Nintendo. After decades of bringing Mario to life with his enthusiastic Italian intonation, Martinet will now take on a new role as a “Mario Ambassador” for the gaming company.
Martinet began his journey with Nintendo in 1991, and his breakthrough performance as Mario came in 1996's Super Mario 64, a groundbreaking 3D platformer that introduced the world to the character's lively personality. He is credited for voicing not only Mario but also other beloved characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, including Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, in more than 150 Nintendo games.
His voice work has left a lasting impact on some of Nintendo's biggest franchises, such as Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, and Mario Party. Martinet's portrayal of Mario and his unforgettable catchphrases like “Mamma mia,” “Wahoo!” and “Let's-a go!” have become synonymous with the character and have endeared him to fans worldwide.
Although Martinet recently made a brief cameo in the Super Mario Bros. movie, with Chris Pratt taking over as the voice of Mario, he will no longer be recording character voices for Nintendo games. As a Mario Ambassador, his new role will involve traveling around the world and engaging with fans on behalf of the gaming company, continuing to share the joy of Mario and his adventures.
Nintendo of America expressed their gratitude to Martinet in a statement, acknowledging his longstanding contribution to the Mario franchise. They also hinted at an upcoming special video message from Martinet and legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, which will be shared with fans at a later date.
Martinet, in response to the announcement, expressed his excitement for this new chapter in his career and declared his heartwarming appreciation for his fans. The Mario community eagerly awaits Martinet's future endeavors and is filled with gratitude for his remarkable portrayal of their favorite hero.
– Article: CNN
– Charles Martinet: The voice actor known for his work as Mario and other characters in Nintendo games.
– Mario Ambassador: Charles Martinet's new role, where he travels the world and interacts with fans on behalf of Nintendo.
– Mushroom Kingdom: The fictional world inhabited by Mario and other characters in the Super Mario series of games.
– Shigeru Miyamoto: A legendary game designer and creator of the Mario franchise.