“Evolution of Charles Martinet: From Mario’s Voice to Gaming Icon Ambassador”

Evolution of Charles Martinet: Charles Martinet, who is well-known for providing the voice of the adored Italian plumber in video games, has decided to gracefully step away from his long-standing position.

The Japanese gaming company has announced that after 27 years, Charles Martinet’s voice is ‘stepping back’ from the role of the Nintendo character, Mario.

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At the age of 67, Charles Martinet, who originated as the voice of the Italian plumber in the iconic game Super Mario 64 that began in 1996, provided voices for various characters in the game series, including Mario’s twin brother Luigi and the antagonist Wario and Waluigi.

In a statement released on Twitter on Monday, recently rebranded as “X,” Nintendo stated: “Charles is now stepping forward in an entirely new role as Mario’s ambassador. “With this new development, he will gracefully withdraw from the task of recording character dialogues for our games. Nevertheless, he remains committed to journeying across the globe, spreading Mario’s joy and actively interacting with enthusiasts like yourselves through meaningful conversations!”

“We want to thank Charles and honour him because it has been a delight to work with him for all these years to bring Mario to life.. Please keep a look out for a special video message that Charles and [Mario creator and video game designer] Shigeru Miyamoto will be posting soon.

Martinet wrote: “My new adventurous journey begins! You all are number one in my heart! Woo hoo!!!!

This announcement came as fans began speculating online when they noticed that an upcoming game, Super Mario Brothers Wonder, had changed an American actor into the form of Mario. Some people observed that the character’s voice sounded different in the promotional video. Nintendo has confirmed that Martinet did not provide the voice for the new game, but the identity of the new voice actor has not yet been revealed.

Martinet once mentioned that he based Mario’s voice on the speech pattern of Petruchio from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

During the 2021 Gaming Summit, he once said, “I want to voice Mario until I die.” “If one day I feel that I am no longer capable of doing so, I will suggest to Nintendo to find someone else.”

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Martinet did not provide the voice for Mario in the 2023 animated film “The Super Mario Brothers Movie.” Chris Pratt, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, provided the voice for the titular character, while, in contrast, Charlie Day, an actor from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, was the voice of Luigi. However, Martinet provided the voices for two minor characters in the film, the brothers’ father, leading it to become the highest-grossing video game adaptation ever, earning over $1.357 billion worldwide.

Martinet has also provided voices for characters in games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time.”

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