With the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Charles Martinet has officially voiced Mario in one hundred video games. This impressive feat did not go unnoticed, as most video game characters don’t last one hundred titles, let alone have a voice actor for that long. To celebrate this, the Guinness World Records has given him the world record for most video game voiceover performances as the same character.
Martinet announced this record via his Instagram, calling it “so amazing.” While Mario has been portrayed by many other actors across the years (such as Bob Hoskins and Captain Lou Albano), Martinet is the only actor to play him in the official video games—not counting Hotel Mario, of course. Martinet is also the primary voice actor for many other Super Mario characters, including Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and all of their baby forms.
Martinet has been voicing Mario since 1992 with the release of the Super Mario Bros. pinball machine. Before his audition, Martinet had no idea who Mario was. Four years later, Super Mario 64 was released for the Nintendo 64, and his voice became heard throughout living rooms worldwide. Since then, Martinet has continued to voice Mario at every chance he’s had, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. While he’s been Mario for one hundred games, that list will only keep growing. New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe will release worldwide in less than a month, meaning he’s already about to beat his own record!