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Nintendo confirms Mario and Luigi’s new voice actor

What To Know

  • Kevin Afghani has assumed the mantle as the fresh voice of Mario Mario and Luigi Mario in Nintendo’s gaming universe.
  • In a statement, Afghani, previously renowned for his role as the voice of Arnold in Genshin Impact, expressed his immense pride in taking on this iconic role in the Super Mario Bros.
  • Nintendo has officially confirmed to Polygon that Afghani has taken up the responsibility of voicing these beloved characters, and, notably, he will be the first actor to portray the unique persona of Elephant Mario.
  • Throughout his tenure, he had also lent his voice to a multitude of characters in the Mario universe, including Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Baby Luigi, and Baby Mario.

Several weeks after Nintendo announcement that Charles Martinet would no longer be lending his voice to Mario, the gaming giant has unveiled the new actor set to breathe life into their iconic character for the foreseeable future.

Kevin Afghani has assumed the mantle as the fresh voice of Mario Mario and Luigi Mario in Nintendo’s gaming universe. In a statement, Afghani, previously renowned for his role as the voice of Arnold in Genshin Impact, expressed his immense pride in taking on this iconic role in the Super Mario Bros. Wonder. He conveyed his gratitude to Nintendo for granting him entry into the whimsical Flower Kingdom.

Nintendo has officially confirmed to Polygon that Afghani has taken up the responsibility of voicing these beloved characters, and, notably, he will be the first actor to portray the unique persona of Elephant Mario.

Fans first detected a departure from the familiar Mario voice in the initial trailer for Super Mario Bros. Wonder, scheduled for release on October 20. This change was also observed in the voice of Wario in a snippet from the upcoming WarioWare: Move It! game. The identity of the actor who will voice Mario’s arch-nemesis in that game remains undisclosed at this time.

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Martinet, aged 67, had been the enduring vocal force behind Mario’s iconic “wahoo!” and “here we go!” exclamations for well over two decades in games, as well as since 1991 at various trade shows. Throughout his tenure, he had also lent his voice to a multitude of characters in the Mario universe, including Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Baby Luigi, and Baby Mario.

Whether this change was initiated by Martinet himself or by Nintendo, it is clear that the time had come for a transformation. Nonetheless, Martinet will maintain ties with Nintendo in his new role as a “Mario Ambassador,” continuing to traverse the globe and spread the joy of Mario to fans far and wide.

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