Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario for 27 years, will no longer voice the iconic character, according to a tweet from nintendo. Martinet took over the role with 1996 Super Mario 64 and has voiced the character in numerous games since, including the two major Mario releases as super mario odyssey and super mario galaxy as well as countless spin-offs.
“Charles is now transitioning into the new role of Mario Ambassador. With this new transition, he will stop recording character voices for our games,” the Nintendo statement read. “It has been an honor to work with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank him and celebrate him.”
Although a fixture in video game history, Martinet was missed as the voice of Mario in the multi-billion dollar raise. Super Mario Bros. Movie which was released earlier this year. There was also speculation that Martinet was not the voice of Mario in the next Super Mario Bros. Wonder, which will be out on October 20. Nintendo has not yet confirmed if Super Mario Bros. Wonder it would be Martinet’s last time as the most famous plumber in the game.