Nintendo is kicking off this week with an absolutely shocker, as they’ve announced that Charles Martinet will no longer be voicing Mario or the litany of other Nintendo characters he’s been giving life to for decades now.
Nintendo took to X to share the above message, which confirms that Martinet is stepping down from his current position. The message notes that while Martinet won’t be voicing Mario anymore, he will be staying a part of Nintendo in a new role; Mario Ambassador. Apparently, this position will have him traveling the world to spread the word on Mario.
There has been speculation ever since the reveal trailer of Super Mario Bros. Wonder that someone else was voicing Mario, and while not confirmed, this news certainly lends credence to that speculation. We should get more details on that topic soon, as Nintendo will be releasing a video with Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles Martinet that will go into more detail on Charles’ move away from Mario.