Super Mario's iconic voice is changing; the hero has a new sound

Charles Martinet will no longer voice Super Mario

by Sededin Dedovic
Super Mario's iconic voice is changing; the hero has a new sound
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A few weeks after Nintendo made the shocking announcement that Charles Martinet would no longer lend his iconic voice to the beloved character Super Mario, the gaming community has been abuzz with curiosity regarding who would step into these colossal shoes.

The answer, now revealed, is none other than Kevin Afghani, who has graciously accepted the mantle of voicing both Mario and Luigi in all future adventures of the popular franchise. The announcement sent ripples through the gaming world, leaving fans in eager anticipation of what the future holds.

In response to his newfound role, Kevin Afghani expressed his profound excitement and gratitude for this exceptional opportunity. "I'm incredibly proud and thrilled to be a part of the Mario legacy," Afghani exclaimed. His enthusiasm for this iconic role bodes well for fans who eagerly await his take on the characters that have become ingrained in gaming history.

Before this pivotal transition, Kevin Afghani was best known for his remarkable portrayal of Arnold in the highly acclaimed video game, Genshin Impact. However, taking on the roles of the iconic Mario and Luigi presents a unique challenge and opportunity to further solidify his position as a talented voice actor.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder is expecting us in a few days on October 20

The change in Mario's voice became palpable when the first trailer for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder was unveiled over the summer, leaving fans to speculate about the shift.

Not only Mario but also Princess Peach, lovingly referred to as "Wario" in the gaming community, exhibited differences in vocal characterization. However, the identity of the voice behind this beloved princess remains shrouded in mystery, leaving fans intrigued.

Charles Martinet, the original voice of Mario, who is now 67 years old, has been the enthusiastic and endearing voice behind the world's most famous plumber for over two decades. His departure signifies the end of an era and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Super Mario saga with Kevin Afghani at the helm.

As we eagerly await the release of Super Mario Bros. Wonder on October 20, the gaming world holds its breath, poised to embrace the fresh voice of Mario and Luigi, while the enigma of "Wario" continues to intrigue fans and cast a hint of excitement over the horizon of the Mario universe.