Charles Martinet, the original voice of Nintendo icon Mario, is stepping down from his role, transitioning into the role of “Mario Ambassador” for Nintendo.
Stepping down: Martinet, who has been voicing Mario in Nintendo games since the 1990s, will no longer be actively voicing the character, but will promote the brand globally.
* As the “Mario Ambassador”, Martinet will be travelling globally to endorse the character, sign autographs and continue performing Nintendo character voices.
Past and future roles: Martinet has voiced multiple characters for Nintendo, including Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.
* While he did not voice Mario in the recent movie, he made a cameo as Mario’s dad.
* Nintendo has not yet confirmed who will replace Martinet for voicing Mario.
Martinets’ thoughts: In a past Q&A session at a Canadian gaming and comics expo, Martinet expressed his lifelong dedication to voicing Mario.
* Martinet told the audience “I want to voice Mario until I drop dead” but also stated that if he ever felt incapable, he’d suggest Nintendo find a new voice.
Nintendo’s Farewell: In acknowledgment of Martinet’s contributions, Nintendo thanked and expressed its intent to celebrate him.
* “It’s been a privilege working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him,” Nintendo stated.
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