2023 brought us all sorts of interesting Nintendo news, but one of the biggest stories was no doubt the reveal that Charles Martinet would be transitioning to the role of “Mario Ambassador,” which meant he would no longer be lending his voice talents to Mario, Luigi or the other usual suspects he’s been handling for decades.
While it took a few months after that announcement, we finally learned that Kevin Afghani would be filling Martinet’s shoes. He took on the roles of Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Wonder and Wario in WarioWare: Move It!, making for one heck of a debut in 2023. Following his first works as Nintendo’s most famous characters, Afghani hopped on X to look back on the absolutely surreal position he’s in.
Never in my wildest imagination could I have believed what this year would mean to me. I have lived a lifetime’s worth of dreams in a year and I truly cannot put in to words how grateful I am. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
If Afghani’s career is anything like Martinet’s, we’ll be hearing him voice Nintendo’s biggest names for decades to come. He’s already off to a great start, and we can’t wait to hear more of his unique spin on these characters as time moves on.