In a statement on Monday (August 21), the company said Martinet will now become a “Mario Ambassador” who will “continue to travel the world sharing the joy of Mario”.
“It has been an honour working with Charles to help bring Mario to life for so many years and we want to thank and celebrate him,” Nintendo’s statement read. “Please keep an eye out for a special video message from Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles himself, which we will post at a future date.”
In response to the statement, Martinet wrote: “My new Adventure begins! You are all Numba One in my heart! #woohoo!!!!!”
— Charles Martinet (@CharlesMartinet) August 21, 2023
Martinet first voiced the character in 1994’s Mario Teaches Typing, but was widely introduced to many in 1996’s Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64.
Along with Mario, the actor voiced various other Nintendo characters including Luigi, Wario and Waluigi across the Mario Kart, Luigi’s Mansion and Mario Party series.
While Chris Pratt voiced the character in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Martinet made a cameo appearance as the voice of Mario and Luigi’s father, along with Giuseppe.
Many fans have since shared tributes and clips to honour Martinet’s retirement on X, formerly known as Twitter. One fan wrote: “Man, it truly is an end of an era… Ngl, this hit me deep in the feels. I wish him the best in his future endeavours and he’ll always be Mario in our hearts. Hats off legend.”
You can check out more tributes below.
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING CHARLES MARTINET! 🍄✨ pic.twitter.com/Q4mHLuR2lj
— Mayo 💫 (@funnyhoohooman) August 21, 2023
you know, there's something kind of beautiful about @CharlesMartinet concluding his time as Mario's voice actor with his final performance literally being the FATHER of Mario pic.twitter.com/LrxDOROwqS
— André (@AndreSegers) August 21, 2023
With Charles Martinet finally becoming Mario's ambassador, I would like to share my favorite moment of all time with both brothers from the ending of Luigi's Mansion 2.@CharlesMartinet, thank you for everything you've done for billions around the world. ❤️💚#ThankYouMartinet pic.twitter.com/fFV5LwaRl4
— ★Jαᴋe★ ✘『イリーナ』 (@StarlightKick) August 21, 2023
Thank you Charles Martinet pic.twitter.com/n0GohSd3Iy
— Out of Context Simpsons Couch Gags (@OOCCouchGags) August 21, 2023
Man, it truly is an end of an era…
In case if you haven't heard, Charles Martinet is stepping down as the role of Mario. Ngl, this hit me deep in the feels. I wish him the best in his future endeavours and he'll always be Mario in our hearts. Hats off legend. #ThankYouMartinet pic.twitter.com/JqINtVv4W3
— 💙💫 𝕋𝟜𝟜𝕄𝟚 💫💙 (@The44Master2) August 21, 2023
15 year ago for my Spike TV show Game Head, we visited @CharlesMartinet at his house in Sausalito, CA to hear his story.
In honor of his retirement, I pulled this clip out from the archives.
It was an AMAZING day, and he all took us to lunch after the interview. Class act! pic.twitter.com/eJItVzZzSo
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 21, 2023
This man has left such a remarkable impact on the lives of millions. No, -billions- the world over. Here's hoping for the best wherever life takes him next 🙏#SuperMarioBros #SuperMario #CharlesMartinet #ThankYouCharles #pixelart #16bit #fanart pic.twitter.com/WpLRgbTF5f
— PoloBlue 💥 (C0MMS 0PEN!! 🎨🎵) (@TheRealPoloBlue) August 22, 2023
“Character voice actors for Mario and/or Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Wonder will be credited in the game credits, so please wait for the game to be released,” a Nintendo spokesperson said.
Super Mario Bros. Wonder is scheduled to be released on October 20, 2023.