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Charles Martinet will no longer be voicing Mario, Nintendo says

Charles Martinet will no longer be voicing Mario, Nintendo has announced.

In an official tweet, the company stated that Martinet will be stepping down from voice acting duties and will instead be taking on a new role of ‘Mario Ambassador’.

“Charles Martinet has been the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games for a long time, as far back as Super Mario 64,” the statement reads.

“Charles is now moving into the brand-new role of Mario Ambassador. With this transition, he will be stepping back from recording character voices for our games, but he’ll continue to travel the world sharing the joy of Mario and interacting with you all!

“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. Please keep an eye out for a special video message from Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles himself, which we will post at a future date.”

Speculation about Martinet’s role as Mario started doing the rounds in June, following the announcement of several new Mario-themed games, including Super Mario Bros Wonder and WarioWare: Move It.

Both these trailers featured soundbites from characters traditionally voiced by Martinet, but some believed they don’t quite sound like him, to the point where ‘Charles Martinet’ was one of the trending topics on Twitter following the announcements.

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The decision may have been accelerated by the release of The Super Mario Bros Movie, and the controversy around the decision to cast Chris Pratt as Mario and reduce Martinet to cameo roles.

The debate around Mario’s voice in the games may also be exacerbated by the fact that Martinet, who used to post fairly regularly on Twitter, didn’t post anything between March and July.

Martinet broke his slience by quote-tweeting Nintendo’s announcement, saying: “My new adventure begins! You are all Numba One in my heart!”