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[EB12] Video: Charles Martinet: The Voice of Mario

Charles Martinet is a quiet, silver-haired Californian actor who wouldn't look out of place on-stage with The Beach Boys. You might not recognise his smiling face, but you certainly know his work: Charles Martinet is the voice of Mario.

We had the chance to catch up with Charles at this year's EB Games Expo, and spent a few moments with him, discussing his story, the games (including New Super Mario Bros U, on show at the Expo), his experience working with Nintendo, and his advice to fans who might like to follow in his giant plumber's footsteps.

A few statistics for you: Charles has been the man behind Mario for the past 22 years - holding the single role longer than any other voice actor. He hardly plays just the one role, however, also providing voices for Mario's brother Luigi, enemy Wario, Waluigi and Toadsworth.

(I's not just Nintendo games either - younger gamers who grew up with the Leapfrog! educational system would remember Charles as the signature voice: "Ribbit Ribbit, Let's Play!".)

This weekend though, all eyes were on Mario's latest outing, with Charles' voice in fine form ringing throughout the arena as gamers of all ages got some hands-on time with the Wii U and pre-release copies of New Super Mario Bros. U. From the looks of things (and our short time with the game both in Sydney and at E3), it's every bit as fun as you'd expect.

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