Super Mario Bros. Wonder Will Be Different from the Other Games in One Big Way

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Will Be Different from the Other Games in One Big Way

The upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder, set to launch this October for the Nintendo Switch, will be different from the other games in one big way.


  • Charles Martinet, the longtime voice actor for Mario, will not be reprising his role in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder game.
  • The reveal trailer for Super Mario Bros. Wonder showcased major changes to Mario, including more detailed animations and fresh voice lines.
  • While Martinet has been voicing Mario since 1996, other actors have played the character in cartoons and movies.

Nintendo has confirmed that Charles Martinet, the longtime voice actor for Mario and various other characters in the Super Mario franchise, will not be reprising the role for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Super Mario Bros. Wonder is set to launch on October 20 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Not a lot has been revealed about the game so far, but it appears to be offering classic side-scrolling Super Mario action with plenty of upgrades and interesting twists.

The Super Mario Bros. Wonder reveal trailer showcased Mario and friends leaping over obstacles, utilizing new power-ups, and racing to the end of each stage. It was clear from the trailer that the new game will see some major changes made to Mario with more detailed animations and fresh voice lines and sound effects. A persistent rumor since the game’s reveal has pointed to a new voice actor, or actors, voicing the iconic characters in the game, and now that theory has been proven correct.

Shortly after Nintendo announced that Charles Martinet is stepping away from his decades-long role of voicing Mario, it was confirmed that the legendary voice actor would not be featured in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Martinet’s replacement has not been announced at the time of this writing, but Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be the first main series Super Mario game since 1996’s Super Mario 64 to feature someone else voicing the character.

Mario looking up at the title of Super Mario Bros. Wonder

While the Super Mario video games have consistently featured Charles Martinet since Super Mario 64 released all the way back in 1996, this wouldn’t be the first time that someone else has played the character. Other actors have voiced Mario in the various Super Mario cartoon adaptations, while Bob Hoskins played the live-action version of the character in the critically-panned 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie.

Chris Pratt is the most recent actor to take on the role of Mario, portraying the character in the massively successful film, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which remains the highest-grossing new movie of the year so far. Martinet also voiced some characters in the movie, perhaps most notably providing the voice for Mario and Luigi’s dad in the film.

It’s definitely sad to see Charles Martinet step away from voicing Mario, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with the franchise. Nintendo has said that Martinet will now serve as an ambassador for the Super Mario series, representing the brand while he makes appearances all over the world.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder launches October 20, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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