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A look behind the voice of Mario, a Nintendo icon.
Charles Martinet was told by his friend that there was going to be an  audition at a trade show in which you “talk to people as a plumber”. He  went to the audition at the last minute as the casting directors were  already putting away their equipment. Charles Martinet walked in and  asked, “Can I please read for this?”. The directors let him audition and told him,”You’re an Italian plumber from Brooklyn”. At first Martinet planned to talk like a stereotypical Italian American with a deep, raspy voice. He then thought to himself that it would be  too harsh for children to hear, so he made it more soft-hearted and  friendly, resulting in what Mario’s voice is today. 
Martinet’s voice was first heard in the 1995 PC game Mario’s FUNdamentals. However, he is most recognized in the landmark 1996 game Super Mario 64. To learn more about Charles, visit his website: charlesmartinet.com

A look behind the voice of Mario, a Nintendo icon.

Charles Martinet was told by his friend that there was going to be an audition at a trade show in which you “talk to people as a plumber”. He went to the audition at the last minute as the casting directors were already putting away their equipment. Charles Martinet walked in and asked, “Can I please read for this?”. The directors let him audition and told him,”You’re an Italian plumber from Brooklyn”. At first Martinet planned to talk like a stereotypical Italian American with a deep, raspy voice. He then thought to himself that it would be too harsh for children to hear, so he made it more soft-hearted and friendly, resulting in what Mario’s voice is today.

Martinet’s voice was first heard in the 1995 PC game Mario’s FUNdamentals. However, he is most recognized in the landmark 1996 game Super Mario 64. To learn more about Charles, visit his website: charlesmartinet.com

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