Mario’s new voice was recently unveiled in a new Nintendo Direct for the upcoming game “Super Mario Bros. Wonder.”
Key details: The Nintendo Direct was shared on Tuesday and features 15 minutes' worth of information about “Super Mario Bros. Wonder," from introductions to new characters to details about the Petal Isles and the six distinct worlds of the Flower Kingdom.
A new voice actor: Last week, voice actor Charles Martinet announced that he will no longer be voicing Mario. Martinet notably lent his voice to Nintendo for 27 years.
“Super Mario Bros. Wonder," which will be released on Oct. 20, will feature a new Mario voice actor. Nintendo confirmed to GameSpot in August that Martinet was not involved in the new project.
Well-received teaser: Mario’s new voice in the upcoming game has been well-received by fans so far over on X, with comments ranging from it “sounds great” to “actually sounds the same.”
That "Its-a Me!" line from Mario definitely took me by surprise ngl, BUT I still they the new Mario voice sounds great. Also, that Luigi voice is amazing!! Glad we got to hear more clips of him. It's pretty spot on. I think the new Mario and Luigi VA sounds great. https://t.co/TWFbaTBFdc
— ShaneMGD (@ShaneMGD) September 1, 2023
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Idk much about his new voice cuz it actually sounds the same even if Charles Martinet chose to stop voicing Mario.
— POP CULTURE FAN (@Charly216714384) September 1, 2023
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I think the new voices sound just fine. Of course they don’t sound exactly like Charles but at the end of the day what’s important is that they sound like Mario and Luigi. https://t.co/qe4RAN9nOI
— Slant16Gamer (@Slant16Gamer) September 1, 2023
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Don't really know if this is a hot or a cold take, BUT I actually think the new Mario and Luigi voices for Super Mario Bros Wonder are pretty good! They sound fine to me. Different? Of course (Though, Luigi sounds identical).
— ManuPeDel (@the_ale_z) September 1, 2023
Making a comparison: YouTube channel GameXplain uploaded a video following the latest Nintendo Direct to compare Martinet’s voice with that of the “Super Mario Bros. Wonder" Mario voice actor. Like on X, several YouTube users shared positive feedback.
“Not gonna lie, whoever is voicing Mario now is doing an excellent job,” one user wrote, while another commented, “Mario is definitely doing an excellent job. They are an octave higher, but that is not a big issue in the slightest.”
The actor's identity?: Several social media users have been wondering who the new voice behind Mario is.
Following the Nintendo Direct, one X user suggested that the new voice actorcould possibly beartificial intelligence. Another user mentionedChris Pratt, who voiced Mario in the box office hit “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
Yo what if the new Mario “Voice Actor” is just an A.I. ?? (Just a thought don’t look too deep into it)
— Yona (@yonassbu) September 1, 2023
Streets are saying a Chris Pratt is the new voice of Mario in Wonder
— wild trucker man (@w1ldtruck3rman) September 1, 2023