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A Chat With the Voice of Mario

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the it'sa-him dept.

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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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How many lines? (3, Funny)

jasonmicron (807603) | more than 6 years ago | (#21492941)

They flew him out to Japan to record "It'sa meeee, Marioooooo" & "Hello!"? Wow. I need to get into that gig.

Re:How many lines? (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494621)

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.

Re:How many lines? (1)

G Fab (1142219) | more than 6 years ago | (#21501943)

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.

Re:How many lines? (0, Offtopic)

D'Sphitz (699604) | more than 6 years ago | (#21495765)

hot blondes and their bulldyke girlfriends

pong, pacman, and tank? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#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:pong, pacman, and tank? (2, Funny)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 6 years ago | (#21499129)

No, they only paid him to say "boop" once, then they doubled it up on the soundtrack... Cheap bastards.

The start of the interview... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21492979)

...was rough. They thought he was a fraud because of his normal speaking voice.

Finally in frustration he shouted:

It'sa me, Mah-ree-o

oblig (0, Offtopic)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493023)

THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!

Re:oblig (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21493239)

Fucking stop this catch phrase bullshit. I loved portal too but you faggots are fucking it up already.

Re:oblig (3, Funny)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493391)

And you were like "no way". And then I was all, we pretended we were going to murder you. That was great.

Re:oblig (1)

Victor Antolini (725710) | more than 6 years ago | (#21495171)

At the end of Super Mario 64, the princess gives you a Cake she baked herself. So, go back to your cave anon coward.

Re:oblig (1)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494843)

Just encase it appears to be offtopic to some, I believe it is referencing this strip [vgcats.com] , erm, no pun intended.

Re:oblig (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#21505345)

Yea, that's exactly what I was referencing. I sadly didn't even know what Portal was until the other comments, I just thought the comic was hilarious in it's own right.

Nice... (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493145)

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:Nice... (3, Funny)

stevenvi (779021) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493349)

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.)

Re:Nice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21494009)

hey, it's a long line waiting at the store at midnight.

Re:Nice... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494669)

Plus there were probably 1000 xtracto's just waiting for him/her to head to the urinals.

Yes they are... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493447)

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.

Re:Yes they are... (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493733)

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.

Re:Yes they are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21493795)

Hey Andy sweety....

Re:Yes they are... (1)

fenodyree (802102) | more than 6 years ago | (#21495545)

Note: The girls are actually _fans_ not models or ad people.

Re:Yes they are... (1)

TeleKawaru (639739) | more than 5 years ago | (#21505437)

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]

Re:Nice... (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494187)

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.

Dude... This IS Slashdot (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494727)

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?

Re:Dude... This IS Slashdot (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 6 years ago | (#21495919)

Ugly girl + princess outfit == Ugly girl in princess outfit. No I do not find that appealing, thanks.

If it was a HOT girl in a princess outfit, for sure.

Not cute/hot - yet! (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21497349)

You're just not drunk enough.

Re:Nice... (1)

ludomancer (921940) | more than 6 years ago | (#21496377)

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.

You know what I think? (1)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21493983)

He should have stuck with the deeper, gravely sounding voice. Mario would have sounded hardcore.

Re:You know what I think? (2, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494735)

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.

And all this time, (1)

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494393)

I thought it was Ciscoe Morris http://www.ciscoe.com/ [ciscoe.com]

Heart attack! (1)

ewisnor (870167) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494673)

Swing your arms from side to side *GASP*, come on it's time to go do the Mario!

Re:Heart attack! (1)

Rakarra (112805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21497861)

Take one step.. and then again, come on it's time to go do the Mario!

Now I know who to blame... (1)

Fez (468752) | more than 6 years ago | (#21494839)

...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.

Re:Now I know who to blame... (1)

rishistar (662278) | more than 6 years ago | (#21498579)

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....

Anyone see the resemblance to Boris Johnson? (1)

ParaShoot (992496) | more than 6 years ago | (#21496081)

Uncanny.

Sega doesn't get it (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 6 years ago | (#21497243)

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.

Re:Sega doesn't get it (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 6 years ago | (#21499891)

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.

Re:Sega doesn't get it (1)

dank zappingly (975064) | more than 6 years ago | (#21500165)

Jaleel White must have demanded too much money.

Re:Sega doesn't get it (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 6 years ago | (#21500699)

Jaleel White? No, I mean Ryan Drummond, from the Sonic Adventure games.

Of course (1)

ravensee (1174365) | more than 6 years ago | (#21500207)

And that is why Princess Peach is only willing to bake a cake.

Re:Of course (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21501157)

"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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