The internet can now stop searching for Mario’s new voice actor because Nintendo has officially announced who has replaced Charles Martinet. Late last week we reported that Nintendo fans resorted to all sorts of means to try and hunt down the new Mario voice actor. One user even managed to get hold of the new Super Mario Bros Wonder kiosk demo and data mined it for its credits.
While the credits did pull up names, and the new voice actor was listed on the roster, he declined to comment on his role in the game at the time. However, Kevin Afghani has now confirmed that he is the new voice of Mario (and the flowers in Super Mario Bros Wonder).
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The search began soon after Mario’s previous voice artist, Charles Martinet announced his departure from the role. Martinet voiced Mario for over 25 years and early this year confirmed his retirement. The actor followed up by announcing he would become the Mario Ambassador and travel the world sharing all his Mario love with fans.
Of course, that left the role chair open and fans wondered who would take his place. As the upcoming Super Mario Bros Wonder game is almost here, whoever this actor was would have worked on the latest game. This was none other than Kevin Afghani.
According to Afghani’s IMDb page, the Los Angeles-based actor has worked in multiple video game roles in the past. These include Dragon Ball Z games, Genshin Impact and more. Afghani released a statement on Twitter sharing his excitement.
“Incredibly proud to have voiced Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Thanks to Nintendo for inviting me into the Flower Kingdom!”
The announcement was made shortly after the Super Mario Bros Wonder ROM leaked online. Nintendo was likely prepared to announce the news either when the game leaked or on launch day. Fans would have found a way to data mine the final version of the Switch game and come to the conclusion themselves.