Charles Martinet : Mario, Voice Of Nintendo Game Star Charles Martinet Steps Down After 27 Years

 Charles Martinet,voice behind the Nintendo's famous character Mario, is to step down from the role, the gaming giant has announced.

Charles hass voiced the Italian plumber in the video games since 1996, starting with the famous Super Mario 64.

However, In this year's movie he did not voice the titular character. Andnow that honour went to new person Chris Pratt.

The News was Announced By Nintendo announced on X, saying it had been an "honour" working with Martinet, 67.

Charles will continue to work with Nintendo as a "Mario ambassador," and he seemed very happy with his new role.

Charles Martinet

The New game starring the heroic Italian, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, was announced earlier in this year and the trailer prompted speculation from some fans that Martinet had been replaced.

On Monday Nintendo's statement said that "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 honour working with Charles to help being 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 (the creator of Mario) and Charles himself, which we will post at a future date."

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Charles Martinet has voiced the character since 1996, featuring in multiple games such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart series.

Though Charles Martinet has become synonymous with Mario, it was Hollywood A-lister Pratt who voiced the famous tradesmen in 2023's hugely successful movie, with Martinet providing voices for Giuseppe and Mario's dad instead.

In addition to Mario, Charles Martinet also provided the voices for other characters in the Mario series, including Rivals Wario, Mario's brother Luigi, and Waluigi, as well as the baby versions of the characters.

2023 has been a very big year for the Mario series, with the Mario movie making over $1bn at the box office and further releases to come on the Switch, with Super Mario Bros. Wonder and a remake of Super Mario RPG set for release later this year.

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