Vidjagame Apocalypse 271 – Martinet Without Mario

The recent release of Runner3 reminded us of a strange truth: Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, has had a long and successful career outside of voicing Nintendo’s favorite plumber. And with help from Alaina Yee, we’ll touch on some of his more memorable, non-Nintendo roles, and then take a look at your favorite games of the year (so far)!

Question of the Week:
What’s your favorite Mario game (with or without Charles Martinet)?

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10 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 271 – Martinet Without Mario

  1. QotW: Super Mario RPG is probably my favorite Mario game. Great characters, humor and gameplay helps it stick with me 20+ years later.

  2. Paper mario and the 1000 year door, no contest. It had a great blend of humor, puzzles and combat, though I never did manage to beat that final boss…

  3. I was always a Nintendo kid, but when Mario 64 arrived it blew my then-13 year old mind. I played that game more than any other Mario game, probably still to this day. Even up until a few years ago, I would regularly dig out my old N64 and it would be one of the games I’d go back to. While it’s definitely aged, you can see the seeds of almost all free-roaming 3D games that came afterwards, even today.

    Alternate Hot Take Answer: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES.

  4. I was always a Nintendo kid, but when Mario 64 arrived it blew my then-13 year old mind. I played that game more than any other Mario game, probably still to this day. Even up until a few years ago, I would regularly dig out my old N64 and it would be one of the games I’d go back to. While it’s definitely aged, you can see the seeds of almost all free-roaming 3D games that came afterwards, even today.

    Alternate Hot Take Answer: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES.

  5. I am bitterly torn between Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga and Super Mario Galaxy. They are each among the pinnacles of gaming on their respective systems and I still love going back to them, even if it means using a Wiimote in Galaxy’s case. Also, forgive me, but #SpringMarioforLife

  6. QOTW: Without a doubt Mario 64. I remember downloading tiny, 10 second videos (which took hours on a 14k modem) and not understanding how any of it worked. I saved money from my birthday, holidays, and chores to buy a Nintendo 64 on launch day with Mario and Pilotwings. Playing with Mario’s face and running around the castle grounds were mind blowing. It was the first game where I had to explore and complete everything. I was the first of my friends to get all 120 stars, and the reaction when they came over to see Yoshi on the castle roof beats any modern trophy or achievement. A timeless classic that proved 3-D gaming was the future.

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