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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:

Mario’s cap is highlighted by the “M” at the very front. Meanwhile, the McDonald’s logo also prominently features the same letter. Did you know that the restaurant food chain wanted more synergy between the two at one point?

Yoichi Kotabe, who worked as an artist at Nintendo for two decades, revealed the news in an interview with French publication Le Monde. When asked about his first assignments, he mentioned coming up for various Mario designs and poses before eventually making the boxart for Super Mario Bros. 3. Kotabe went on to mention that he emphasized the “M” of Mario’s cap and wanting to distinguish it from the McDonald’s logo – despite the fact that McDonald’s wanted the hat to resemble its logo more.

Just in time for the holidays, Mario has returned to Build-A-Bear. A slew of products are available both in-store and online, including a new limited-edition Blue Yoshi.

Here’s the full roundup:

Today has been an interesting day for the Super Mario Bros. movie. There hasn’t been a ton of news about the film itself, but we’ve heard Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri talking about the project.

All of today’s comments came from a Variety report. The site snuck in an interesting little tidbit that has since been making the rounds, specifically regarding a release window. Variety states that the Mario movie “will be in theaters by 2022.”

Nintendo nor Illumination have not provided an official release window. But since Variety was speaking with Meledandri, perhaps the publication was given that timeline directly.


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Shigeru Miyamoto

Earlier today, we heard Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri speaking about the challenges of making a Mario movie. He actually had a bit more to say about the project, including Shigeru Miyamoto’s role.

As we know, Miyamoto is acting as a producer. Meledandri says that Illumination is “keeping him front and center in the creation of this film.”

It was nearly a year ago that Nintendo announced an animated Mario movie. Illumination, the company behind the Despicable Me franchise, will be leading the way on its creation. While some may have concerns about how it will turn out, we at least know that Shigeru Miyamoto will be co-producing.

In an interview with Variety, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri spoke about the upcoming film. He believes the main issue with the panned Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 is that the original creators weren’t involved – which won’t be the case this time around.

The origin of Mario’s name from Nintendo’s iconic franchise is quite interesting. For those who haven’t heard about it, Mario Segale developed office buildings and malls in Washington state before selling off his construction services company. Segale was renting a Tukwila warehouse to Nintendo of America back in 1981, and since Nintendo wanted to have proper names for the characters, Segale’s name was used for the actual Mario character. Mario himself was named after Nintendo of America’s landlord while Pauline was named after a Nintendo of America employee’s wife.

Sadly, we’re now hearing that Mario Segale died on October 27 at the age of 84. Kotaku says he was surrounded by his family in Tukwila, Washington. He was 84.


Wreck-It Ralph was heavy on gaming cameos, which definitely made sense given the nature of the movie. Nintendo went as far as to lend Bowser for the film. There was some hope that Mario would appear in the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, but sadly it wasn’t meant to be.

Speaking with Inside the Magic, story artist Jason Hand confirmed that Mario won’t be showing up in Ralph Breaks the Internet in any fashion. Hand wasn’t able to offer a specific reason why they couldn’t get the rights to Mario, saying that it’s “above my pay grade.”

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Super Mario Encyclopedia has finally made it to North America, thanks to Dark Horse. Watch a trailer promoting its release below.

The Super Mario Encyclopedia can be ordered from Amazon with savings here>.

Apple shared a new commercial for the iPhone XS today showing off some of the mobile device’s features. As part of that, Mario gets a brief spotlight a little more than halfway in.

Here’s a look at the advert:

Mario can be found on the iPhone with Super Mario Run.


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