Charles Martinet, iconic voice of Mario, retires from performing as the character in video games

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Martinet brought to life Mario’s unforgettable catchphrases, like “Mamma mia,” “Wahoo!” and “Let’s-a go!”

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Charles Martinet, the iconic voice of the video game Mario for decades, is “stepping back from recording character voices”

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Now a “Mario Ambassador,” Martinet will travel the world and interact with fans on behalf of the gaming company.

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Martinet started at Nintendo in 1991, and his first major performance as the mustachioed plumber was in 1996’s Super Mario 64

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the landmark 3D platformer that introduced much of the world to Mario’s enthusiastic Italian intonation.

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He’s credited for voicing Mario — and a handful of other Mushroom Kingdom adventurers including Luigi, Wario and Waluigi — in over 150 Nintendo games.

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Bringing to life Mario’s unforgettable catchphrases like “Mamma mia,” “Wahoo!”  Martinet left his mark on some of Nintendo’s biggest properties

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Martinet even had a brief cameo in this year’s “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” in which Chris Pratt took over as Mario.

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“Charles Martinet has been the original voice of Mario in Nintendo games for a long time, as far back as Super Mario 64,” 

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