Voice of Mario: Video Interview

Interview: It's-a fifteen-a minutes long!

Even if you don't immediately recognise the name, you will recognise the voice. This is Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, and if you're a fan of the platformers you'll have heard his shouts of "Yahoo" more times than you can count.

Martinet has voiced Mario games since Super Mario 64, and for the Mario cartoons before that. Not just Mario but Wario, Toad and Waluigi and others in the Mushroom Kingdom.

And we've never witnessed such enthusiasm in a person. From the moment we walked into the interview room to the second we left, Martinet was dropping subtle Mario-isms into everything he said. It's almost like he's in character constantly.

So, what's it like providing the voice for the biggest videogame character in existence? What does the voice of Mario think about violent games? And how strange is it to hear Mario's distinctive voice coming from the mouth of a real human?

This is must-see stuff. Just click the video to the right.