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Charles Martinet talks about his favourite Mario games

Games Radar and Retro Gamer magazine have had the chance to chat with Mario voice actor Charles Martinet about his job of voicing Mario over the years. Mr. Martinet first started voicing Mario in the groundbreaking 3D entry of the franchise, Super Mario 64, for the Nintendo 64. In the wide ranging interview he was asked about his most memorable recording sessions. He couldn’t really pin one down but he did talk about his favourite Mario games and the joy he has found in each one. You can read his thoughts down below:

“That taught me something, when, ‘Mr Miyamoto would like you to play Mario in a game,’ and Mario 64 came along, I had five years plus of the great invention and what I was going to do in my mind to put into the game. We were like a little intrepid expedition here, {Mario} whoa whoa whoa. Now what happens if you fall on the thing, something like it’s, ah, {Mario falling} Waaaaaaah! That was such a playful, fun exploration. But then each one. Galaxy. {Mario} Yay! Just the joy, the thrill of that flying, and the fun. And then Odyssey. Oddly enough, it was like a tribute to the past and the future, it was wonderful. And like, Sunshine. Those are my favourite games, times five or so, Super Mario 64 for that first experience of being in there, and Galaxy. Mario Kart was another one. Sunshine, where we were gaining our footing on how to keep that character really going in that exploration and joy. So those two games started it, and Odyssey is such a continuation. The new, the magical, the fun.”

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