Shigeru Miyamoto, Charles Martinet Address Mario’s Voice Change



By: Jason Siu


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Charles Martinet was the voice actor for Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi

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Last month, Nintendo released an official statement saying that Charles Martinet, the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games, was switching to a new role of Mario Ambassador and would no longer voice the iconic character. Now, Martinet and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Mario, have released a video addressing the recent announcement. In it, Miyamoto gives a heartfelt thanks to Martinet and reveals how the voice actor calls him “Papa!”

“The very first time you voiced Mario in a Super Mario game was Super Mario 64 back in 1996! Whenever we’d meet, you would always call me ‘Papa!’ and I also remember filming PR videos together,” said Miyamoto. “You have traveled the world visiting events, joyfully performing the voice of Mario for fans, and putting smiles on people’s faces. You always place a priority on spreading joy, and I am sure that you will be a great Mario Ambassador.”

As for what the role of Mario Ambassador will entail, Miyamoto said that Martinet will continue to promote Mario at events, perform his iconic voices for fans, and sign autographs. Miyamoto also mentioned that the new voices for Mario characters will be introduced in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, but wouldn’t reveal who they are.

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Release date: October 20, 2023

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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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