In a surprising turn of events, the search for the new voice of Mario has come to an end, and it’s not Chris Pratt. After the departure of the iconic Charles Martinet from the role, speculation ran wild about who would step into the Italian plumber’s shoes.
Now, it’s official: Mario and Luigi will be voiced by none other than Kevin Afghani in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Wonder game. While it’s confirmed for this release, the future of his role in the franchise remains uncertain.
Incredibly proud to have voiced Mario and Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Thanks to Nintendo for inviting me into the Flower Kingdom!
— Kevin Afghani (@KevinAfghani) October 13, 2023
The announcement couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment, just a week before the highly-anticipated launch of Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Nintendo itself confirmed Kevin Afghani’s casting, putting an end to the speculation that had surrounded the character’s new voice.
Doug Bowser, not to be confused with the Koopa King, had previously hinted that the actor’s identity would be revealed close to the game’s release. Interestingly, data-miners, as reported by Kotaku, managed to uncover the cast list ahead of time through demos available at various Target locations.
Kevin Afghani may not have an extensive list of credits to his name, but his previous work is notable. His most prominent role, according to IMDb, is that of Arnold in Genshin Impact. Additionally, he has contributed to YouTube skits for the video game-based animation channel MASHED.
It’s a remarkable achievement for a relatively new talent to step into the iconic shoes of Mario, and fans are eager to see how he brings the character to life in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
With the release of Super Mario Bros. Wonder scheduled for October 20 on the Nintendo Switch, the spotlight is now firmly on Kevin Afghani as he embarks on this exciting journey as the new voice of Mario.
🎮 From vibrant graphics to a roster of beloved characters, discover what makes Super Mario Bros. Wonder a platforming bliss in our latest review on Gazettely.