Charles Martinet is officially retiring as Mario

Charles Martinet is officially retiring as Mario
Nintendo | Instagram - Charles Martinet

Written by 

Joseph Kime


21st Aug 2023 15:15

Gaming fans have been familiar with Mario for a very long time, bringing his recognisable aplomb and excitement to each of his games. Though we've had a few different actors step up to the plate to become the plumber (with varying degrees of success - sorry, Bob Hoskins), nobody has ever been able to do it like Charles Martinet.

Martinet's distinct vocals have been synonymous with Mario since 1991, who has been comfortable in his shoes for 32 years.  But now, it has been officially confirmed that the iconic voice of Mario (and Luigi), will be officially stepping down as the plumber's voice actor.

Charles Martinet is stepping down as Mario

A new statement from Nintendo has revealed that Martinet will be transitioning into a new role at the company as their Mario Ambassador, but will no longer voice the character.

"It has been an honour working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him." reads the statement. "Please keep an eye out for a special video message from Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles himself, which we will post at a later date."

Is Charles Martinet playing Mario in Super Mario Bros Wonder?

This comes after many fans had theorised that the voice actor for Mario in Super Mario Bros. Wonder wasn't actually Martinet - but his involvement in this game is still unconfirmed.

Dissecting voice clips from the game, gamers have pointed out that there are some moments where Mario sounds different - and it looks like he actually could be.

It's sad to say goodbye to Martinet, but it's still great news that he's sticking around with Nintendo to help bolster the plumber's legacy. So long, sweet prince.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reveals final DLC release date and tracks
The best Mario game of all time is apparently getting a remake
Super Mario Bros. Wonder cheat makes you immortal
Mario Wonder’s Elephant Mario merch comes with a catch
Nintendo culls Super Mario Bros. Wonder’s swearing flowers