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A Chat With the Voice of Mario 41

Posted by Zonk
from the it'sa-him dept.
An anonymous reader writes "CNETTV.co.uk has up a video interview with Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario. Charles talks about flying out to Japan to record five games, including Super Mario Galaxy, and about his gaming experiences pre-Mario, which were made up of Pong, Pac-Man and Tank. The most interesting part of the video has to be when Charles discusses how he came up with the voice of Mario, which didn't exactly start off sounding like the Mario we know and love today."
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A Chat With the Voice of Mario

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  • by jasonmicron (807603) on Tuesday November 27, 2007 @12:03PM (#21492941)
    They flew him out to Japan to record "It'sa meeee, Marioooooo" & "Hello!"? Wow. I need to get into that gig.
    • Sadly recording work doesn't require that you be flown anywhere, just the tape. It was problably done in Mario's plumbing supply warehouse in New Jersey.
      • by G Fab (1142219)
        TFA, my friend, indicates that he went to Japan several times for recording. No idea why this would be necessary, but the cost of flying one guy is trivial for this project.

        It's art, not an engineering project (entirely), so I guess a little inefficiency is part of the deal.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 27, 2007 @12:03PM (#21492943)
    Wow! This guy's been the voice for a bunch of great games. I wonder how long it took him to master the 'boop......boop' sound of Pong?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Frogbert (589961)
      No, they only paid him to say "boop" once, then they doubled it up on the soundtrack... Cheap bastards.
  • Is it me, or are the two chicks dressed as Luigi and Princess Peach quite hot?
    That's a princess I would rescue from another castle...
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by stevenvi (779021)

      Is it me, or are the two chicks dressed as Luigi and Princess Peach quite hot?

      Maybe I'm just weird, perhaps a bit old fashioned, but a girl with a big bushy mustache doesn't do anything for me.

      (Further, the Luigi girl appeared to either be on drugs or need to use the restroom quite urgently.)

    • That is why they are dressed as characters from your childhood in order to make you spend more money on games.

      Unfortunately, the rules of life dictate that unless you have enough money to buy the store along with the games, they will be repulsed by you.
      We men are really sad pathetic drones, so easily controlled by the queen bees. Or in this case, Princess Peach.
      • That is why they are dressed as characters from your childhood in order to make you spend more money on games.

        Unfortunately, the rules of life dictate that unless you have enough money to buy the store along with the games, they will be repulsed by you.
        We men are really sad pathetic drones, so easily controlled by the queen bees. Or in this case, Princess Peach.
        gosh such misogyny.
      • by fenodyree (802102)
        Note: The girls are actually _fans_ not models or ad people.
      • We men are really sad pathetic drones, so easily controlled by the queen bees. Or in this case, Princess Peach.
        Actually in Mario Galaxy you do have to obey a Queen Bee. =P http://www.dsfanboy.com/media/2007/07/bee-mario-dev-0-nwf.jpg [dsfanboy.com]
    • by brunes69 (86786)
      Trust me - it's just you. That or the fact that most guys on /. have very low criteria when it comes to judging a good looking woman.

      She has a huge nose, chubby face, and weird smile. And the other one has a mustache.
      • And those are girls... dressed as video game characters...

        That is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Or a pork chop in front of a hungry dog.

        Are you sure you are into... you know... tech and hetero-sex?
        Or maybe you are one of those rare females that are rumored to visit slashdot from time to time?
    • They're also obviously working with the interviewer, and are just planted there to make the whole scene look a little more balanced out I'd imagine.

  • He should have stuck with the deeper, gravely sounding voice. Mario would have sounded hardcore.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by somersault (912633)
      That would have fitted with the theme of popping mushrooms and jumping through fluffy clouds! Or are you forgetting U R MR GAY [joystiq.com]? I didn't even know whether to believe that one, but I picked up a copy of Super Mario Galaxy in store and the hidden message really is there.
  • I thought it was Ciscoe Morris http://www.ciscoe.com/ [ciscoe.com]

  • ...for the only part of Super Mario Galaxy I don't like so far: When you click on the disc channel to start the game, he yells "SUPER MARIOOOOO GALAXY!" at the top of his lungs.

    It's a great game, but I wish there were a way to quickly bypass that screen. If you press "start" as fast as possible, it only cuts off the last part of "galaxy".

    Oh well, I guess there's always mute.
    • by rishistar (662278)
      This is something with the disk loading screen - just about all the games have extra loud soundtracks on that screen compared to the normal volume and even to when that game is being played. A volume setting for that screen would be great Nintendo....
  • Charles Martinet has been Mario's official voice since 1990. Nintendo seems to understand consistency. They kept it where it matters.

    Meanwhile, Sega got it all backwards. They had a nice team doing the voices in the Sonic series. Then came "Sonic X"; rather than give them the job, serial anime-rapists 4Kids gets other people to voice the cartoon -- and Sega hires them to voice the following games.
    • by Ant P. (974313)
      It's a shame, the guy who did the original voice for Robotnik (AoStH series) died recently from what I read. He was probably the best one, even if that series wasn't.
    • Jaleel White must have demanded too much money.
  • And that is why Princess Peach is only willing to bake a cake.
    • "And that is why Princess Peach is only willing to bake a cake."

      Oh.. that's not true. She'll mail you 5 1-ups from time to time. If you decline, they go to the orphanage. You gotta admit, the Mushroom Kingdom treats their orphans better than any other country in the world.

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