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The voice of Mario is stepping away from the character

The voice of Mario is stepping away from the character


After over 25 years in the role, Charles Martinet is becoming a ‘Mario Ambassador’ and will continue to promote Nintendo’s series.

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Martinet at the launch of Super Mario Galaxy.
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Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario for over 25 years, will no longer be voicing the iconic character, according to a tweet from Nintendo. Martinet has voiced the character since the ’90s, appearing in mainline Mario titles like Super Mario 64, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Mario Galaxy as well as countless spinoffs.

“Charles is now moving into the brand-new role of Mario Ambassador. With this new transition, he will be stepping back from recording character voices for our games,” Nintendo’s statement reads. “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.”

The news that Martinet will no longer be voicing Mario arrives after speculation about why Mario’s voice sounded a little different in promo material for the new Super Mario Bros. Wonder game, due out October 20th. In an email to Polygon, Nintendo confirmed that Martinet is not voicing Mario in Wonder writing, “While Charles is not involved in the game, we’re excited to honor his legacy and contributions, including looking ahead to what he’ll be doing as a Mario Ambassador.”

Though a fixture in video game history, Martinet was missed as the voice of Mario in the billon-dollar grossing Super Mario Bros. Movie that was released earlier this year. Nintendo’s statement mentions a forthcoming video message from Martinet and CEO Shigeru Miyamoto, but there’s no word yet on when that video will be released.

Update August 21st, 12:12PM ET: Added confirmation from Nintendo that Martinet is not in Super Mario Wonder.