Mario’s Original Voice Actor is ‘Stepping Back’ from Recording



By: Jason Siu


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Mario's original voice actor, Charles Martinet, is "stepping back" from recording voices for Nintendo games

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The original voice of Mario, Charles Martinet, is seemingly retiring from the role according to a statement released by Nintendo on the social media site formerly known as Twitter. Martinet was originally hired by Nintendo in 1991, and now he will serve in a new role of Mario Ambassador, confirming that we’ll be hearing a new voice for Mario in future games. And no, Nintendo did not say that voice is going to be Chris Pratt, who actually did just fine playing the role in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Martinet, who is 67 years old, is likely stepping away from voice acting entirely. His first video game appearance was actually in 1994’s Mario Teaches Typing, but most were introduced to his voice in 1996’s Super Mario 64. His voice does make an appearance in the movie, where he fittingly plays Mario and Luigi’s father, Giuseppe.

Here is Nintendo’s official statement:

Charles Martinet has been the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games for a long time, as far back as Super Mario 64. Charles is now moving into the brand-new role of Mario Ambassador. With this transition, he will be stepping back from recording character voices for our games, but he’ll continue to travel the world sharing the joy of Mario and interacting with you all!

It has been an honor working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him. Please keep an eye out for a special video message from Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles himself, which we will post at a future date.


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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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