Charles Martinet, the voice of Nintendo’s beloved Mario character, is stepping down

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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