Voice actor Mario Charles Martinet plans to voice the iconic plumber for the rest of his life, or at least for as long as it is physically possible to say “Wah-hoo!” and “yay!” convincingly.
Martinet has voiced Mario for nearly 30 years, officially starting with the Super Mario Bros. pinball machine. in 1992. The 66-year-old actor says he has since recorded more than 5 million audio files with the name Mario and that he has no plans to stop like that. Speaking in a question-and-answer session at Fan Expo Canada attended by Game Creator (via Eurogamer), Martinet said he plans to be the voice behind Mario for as long as he lives.
“I want to voice Mario until I die,” Martinet said in response to a fan’s question. “If one day I thought I couldn’t do this anymore, I would tell Nintendo to look for someone else.”
Martinet was also asked to address Nintendo’s favorite anti-hero on the internet, the under-represented Waluigi, who was also voiced by Martinet. It turns out the actor has a genius idea for a Waluigi-centric game that disrupts the structure of traditional video games. “I want to express Waligi’s voice more,” Martinet said. “I think he should have his own game where you have to cheat to win.”
You heard the man, Nintendo. Make sure that this happens.
Of course, Martinet’s famous voice appears in a number of entries on our comprehensive list of Best Switch Games Currently available. It will also appear in the future Mario animated film with Chris Pratt.