Mario Has Found His New Voice
After the original voice actor for Mario, Charles Martinet, announced his retirement from the voice of Mario in August of this year after over 25 years of voicing him, Nintendo fans have been hard at work trying to uncover the identity of the actor who will be taking over the role in the up-and-coming Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Sure, they’ll still be happy to meet Charles Martine as he continues on as the “Mario Ambassador,” attending conventions and interacting with fans, but players are truly on the edge of their seats waiting to see who the new voice of Mario is, as Nintendo has been silent on the topic.
The wait ends now! Drum roll, please… Nintendo confirmed that Kevin Afghani will be the new voice of Mario and the young voice actor took to Twitter (now X) to voice his excitement. The tweet reads “Incredibly proud to have voiced Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Thanks to Nintendo for inviting me into the Flower Kingdom."
Players of Genshin Impact might be familiar with him as he has voiced the English dub of Arnold, or “Ask-Me-For-Directions Arnold” as the character corrects. Afghani’s resume also includes the voice work for Raditz in Dragon Ball R&R. Both are very impressive roles for the 26-year-old voice actor, but not quite as recognizable as one of the most well-known video game characters in the world (this is an opinion, but I would bet a reasonable amount of money on it.) There’s no doubt this will boost Afghani’s career tremendously.
Gamers can hear Kevin Afghani and many other talented voice actors when Super Mario Bros. Wonder comes out On October 20th!