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Charles Martinet

Charles Martinet has no intention of leaving the role of Mario anytime soon.

Martinet has been handling the character in games now for almost three decades, having started out with Mario Teaches Typing in 1992. He has also played other key characters in the series, including Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.

Super Mario 64 doesn’t exactly have a whole lot of voice acting, but there is one line that has caught on with fans over the years. That’s largely in part because no one has been able to say for certain what Mario actually says. Of course, we’re referring to his fight with Bowser – specifically when Mario spins the Koopa King around and throws him.

Charles Martinet, who voices Mario, has finally cleared up the situation. After one fan asked about the line on Twitter, Martinet confirmed that the character says, “So long kinga Bowser!”

Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, has earned a Guinness World Record for the most video game voiceover performances as the same character. The tally currently sits at 100 following the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Martinet shared the news in a post on Instagram today:

Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, was in attendance at Indiana Comic Con. During the Q&A portion of a panel Martinet was at, one of the questions was about what Shigeru Miyamoto – the creator of the IP – is like.

Martinet said in response:

He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. Shigeru Miyamoto is (the creator obviously of Mario and Zelda) and took games from being this simple place, from being non-existent to existing with a plot, and a character, and a through-line for the first time, and then brought on side-scrolling, and then three dimensions.

It’s remarkable the amount of joy and happiness and work and fun he’s brought to the world. And he’s the nicest most kind considerate thoughtful wonderful human being you could ever hope to meet.

When he originally auditioned as the voice of Mario, Martinet hadn’t even heard of Nintendo. Martinet now feels that he’s the “luckiest guy in the world” since he loves the people he works with and enjoys meeting those “who enjoy the things that I do.”


Nintendo UK is just now beginning its Super Mario Maker live stream with Charles Martinet. Due to Twitch auto-play, we’ve posted it after the break. We’ll add in the archive once the stream is finished.

Nintendo Life has a video up in which Charles Martinet – the voice of Mario – plays a bit of Super Mario Maker. Check it out below.

Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, will be appearing on a live stream for Super Mario Maker this Friday. The broadcast will begin at the following times:

– 9 AM PT
– 12 PM ET
– 5 PM in the UK
– 6 PM in Europe

We’ll have an archive of the stream as soon as it finishes.

This video is from last year’s Gamescom, but is still worth checking out. It’s Charles Martinet after all!


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