No, Charles Martinet is Not Stepping Down as Mario’s Voice Actor

Earlier today, Nintendo fans had a bit of a shock when Mario’s voice actor, Charles Martinet, had changed his job title to ‘Former Mario at Nintendo’. Did the unthinkable really happen? Had Martinet decided to step down from the role after 22 years?

Well, no. As Martinet pointed out on Twitter, he’s still Mario’s voice actor and has no plans to retire any time soon:

So Nintendo fans can breathe a sigh of relief; Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi aren’t getting a new voice actor. Instead, a Facebook glitch screwed his listed occupation, and has seemingly been doing the same thing for many other people on the site as well:

Everyone from my work (including me) is listed as ‘Former’ or ‘Worked At’ inaccurately. Facebook’s got some kind of issue, and has had it for months now.

Above: From a comment by RustyOwl at GoNintendo

And that’s a pretty big problem if you ask us. I mean, Facebook is practically ‘the’ place people check for information about an individual or company. It arguably wasn’t meant to be (that’s LinkedIn’s role), but it’s what people use it for none the less.

Which makes listing people’s job titles incorrectly a real issue. Imagine if that happened to the US president, and it said ‘Barack Obama, former President of United States’. Or if it’d happened at Facebook and listed Mark Zuckerberg as the ‘former CEO at Facebook’. The public and press would go nuts, even more so than they did here.

Add how a lot of companies have angsty investors (note how much Nintendo’s stock goes up and down after every announcement), and you’ve got a single glitch that could potentially cause huge problems in the future.

But hey, as far as Charles Martinet and voicing Mario goes, there is nothing to worry about. He’ll be voicing Mario and co for the foreseeable future.

What’s Super Mario Switch Going to be Like?

Ever since the Nintendo NX was first announced back in 2015, speculation has been rife in regards to the inevitable Mario platformer for the system. After all, one was always going to be released for the system. It’s basically a Nintendo console’s flagship game at this point. And well, there’s been a constant change in gameplay styles ever since Mario 64 was a thing.

But now it seems we have our answer. Here’s what Super Mario Switch seems to look like:

Even from the little we’ve seen, it’s certainly looking more interesting than 3D Land and World ever was. For example, look at those more original level themes.

Like say, the Mexican style town in the first clip. A wide open small town setting in the middle of a desert with a dancing cactus enemy wearing a sombrero. That’s certainly a new theme for the Mario series!

mario switch town

But this level also raises plenty of questions. Namely, where is it set?

Because this doesn’t look like a traditional Mushroom Kingdom location. We’ve had deserts before, and we’ve had wild west type towns before, but a Mexican style area like this one? That’s quite new to the Mario series, and hints that level themes might be a bit different this around.

And the giant moon looming overhead is very different too. Does it imply the area is on a different planet or in an alternate universe? Because again, that’s not something that’s been seen in any previous Mario level.

So something is certainly different about the location this game is set in. But as fascinating as an outer space locale or a less generic world theme is, it’s nothing compared to the next question.

And that is whether it’s a linear game or not. Or in simple terms, if it’s more open (like Super Mario 64) or more linear (like 3D Land and World).

Cause this place doesn’t look like a linear path. It seems like it’s a grounded location in a coherent environment, something which can’t be said about 3D Land or World’s levels. Add how a town is generally not a linear level setting with its doors and rooftops to explore and what not, and it gives me the impression we might be seeing something a bit more open world than in the 3DS and Wii U games.

There’s also a Bowser’s Castle style area. This place (set in a sandy looking desert castle near the town above) has Bullet Bills being fired at Mario and coin rings for him to collect along the path.

mario switch castle

However, while this one does look more linear, it’s not exactly out of place in the likes of Mario 64. I mean, Bowser in the Dark World was certainly linear, right?

As were the Bowser levels in the Mario Galaxy games. Or Corona Mountain in Super Mario Sunshine.

So linear levels aren’t unexpected in a more open platformer. Every 3D Mario game has had them after all.

Hence this could just be a Mario 64 style game with 3D World’s engine, not a hybrid.

Because let’s face it, the engine does look fairly similar here. We’ve got Mario 64’s triple jump, sure. And the long jump seems to be present too.

But Mario’s jumping animations and physics look to be taken straight from said game, complete with the fire round his feet as he charges forward. So while it’s been expanded on, the core engine seems to be like in 3D World.

So it seems like we’ve got an open town level and a linear Bowser level in a Mario 3D World style engine.

Yet that’s not all we’ve got. Oh no, it also seems like ice is a bit of a theme here as well. You can see it on buildings in the hot desert town. You can see it near the fountain. It’s everywhere, and it makes absolutely no logical sense given the setting.

ice mario switch

Which implies something odd is at hand here. Is Bowser (or a new villain) freezing the world with magical ice powers? Does it mark the return of Chief Chilly, Baron Brrr or the Crystal King? And regardless of whose behind it, what do they hope to accomplish here?

Well, something interesting presumably. That gives me the impression that Super Mario Switch has a new story or ‘main concept’ going through it. Like how Super Mario Sunshine was on a tropical island with FLUDD or how Galaxy was set on various small planetoids in space. That it’s not just ‘save princesses from Bowser’ or ‘explore the Mushroom Kingdom again’.

That’s all very interesting seeming stuff, and it sets up one of the more ambitious Mario games in the last few years or so.

But do you know what’s more interesting still?

Whether the game has multiplayer. Like again, in Super Mario 3D World.

Because based on the trailer, the answer seems to be yes. Why? Because when the woman in the ad goes to the party, she takes the Nintendo Switch with her. Fair enough, that’s the concept of the system after all.

But she then seems to continue the game with somehow else using the second controller at the same time. As you can see right here:

Maybe Mario Switch is multiplayer

Hence because of this, it seems like Super Mario Switch might retain the multiplayer functionality from 3D World on the Wii U. If so, this would make it the first non linear Mario game to have full co-op multiplayer functionality, and bring back the one key thing Super Mario 64 2 used to have going for it when it was in development.

So yeah, even the one trailer opens up a ton of exciting possibilities here. Congrats Nintendo, you may have made the most interesting Mario platformer in years!

Nintendo Switch Announced for March 2017!

As Nintendo promised earlier today, the NX will be officially announced in a preview video this afternoon.

And what do you know? They were right. Because at 3PM in UK time, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch, their new home console. Here’s the announcement video:

As well as the system’s logo:

Nintendo Switch

So what is the Nintendo Switch?

Well, it’s a hybrid system. It comes in a dock by default, and is immediately switched to handheld mode when you remove the console from said dock. Once you’re done, you can then unclip the controllers from the sides of the system and use them to play games in a more traditional way, with multiplayer games that don’t necessary require multiple systems.

Nintendo Switch Pic

Power wise, there’s not really much that Nintendo has confirmed here. Based on the video, it’s seemingly more powerful than the Wii U, with Mario Kart 8, Splatoon and Zelda Breath of the Wild showing running on it.

It also uses cartridges, with one picture pointing out the game cards for the console:

nintendo switch game card

And can be used with its own pro controller, aka the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This can be seen here:

nintendo switch pro controller

On the games front, details are scarce. We have seen the following in the preview video:

  • Splatoon
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Elder Scrolls Skyrim
  • An NBA game
  • A new 3D Mario game
  • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

But Breath of the Wild aside, the others could be anything from demos to ports or brand new sequels.

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The Nintendo NX Reveal Liveblog

Well, it’s nearly time for Nintendo to announce the NX! And you know what that means right?

Yep, like with the Nintendo Directs and E3 before, it’s time for a new liveblog!

And everything NX related will be covered here. Does the trailer show the console hardware? Then we’ll talk about it. Is it a hybrid? That’ll be discussed too. Same with any games or other miscellaneous announcements too.

Here’s the video showing the console in action:

As you can see, it’s called the Nintendo Switch. It’s a hybrid console which can be used at home or out and about, and seems to have Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 on it.

So what did you think? Was the announcement what you expected?

The Nintendo NX is being Revealed Today!

It’s finally happening! After tons of rumours and ‘leaks’, speculation over every little thing and back and forth arguments between the ‘powerhouse’ and ‘hybrid’ camps, the Nintendo NX is finally being revealed tonight!

Here’s the announcement about it straight from Nintendo of America:

As you can see, it’s gonna be in the form of a short video rather than a full presentation or Nintendo Direct. So it’s unlikely a whole list of games will be revealed for the system, and even more unlikely they’ll go into too much detail about it. Instead, we’ll probably get a name, a few pictures of the system and (maybe) a short clip of a game for it. Like the new 3D Mario title on NX some people expect to see.

But hey, it’ll still kill off a lot of rumours. Like the ones about the NX being a hybrid home console/handheld in one. Or anything related to the design in general.
So yeah, the NX will be revealed tonight at 7am PT/10am ET. Or 3PM UK time, if you don’t live in America. Let’s see if it lives up to people’s expectations for the console!