Wa-hoo! The voice of 'Super Mario', Charles Martinet, is coming to Ghent!

World-famous Nintendo voice actor coming to FACTS Fall 2018

Charles Martinet, best known as the only voice actor for Nintendo’s 'Super Mario', is making his way to Ghent for FACTS Fall 2018. He will be attending this Belgian Comic Con on September 29 and 30, in Flanders Expo.

From Mario Kart to Super Mario Odyssey: if you hear an upbeat ‘wa-hoo’ or ‘lets-a-go!’ in a Mario game, then you are in fact listening to Charles Martinet’s jolly voice. This happy-go-lucky American voice actor of French descent has been lending his voice to Nintendo’s most famous mustachioed man since 1990, which is also the very first time Mario ever got voiced.

Mario is not the only character with this man’s vocal cords. A lot of other recurrent Nintendo characters got the Martinet treatment too, such as Luigi, Wario, Waluigi and many more.

Fun Fact: Martinet got the Mario voice acting job by crashing a Nintendo audition, uninvited. "The crew was already putting away its equipment, but they let me do it anyway”, says Martinet. “They asked me to do a voice for an Italian plumber from Brooklyn. And I just went on and on about spaghetti and meatballs for half an hour, until the producer said, 'cut, stop, we've run out of tape! We’ll call you.’ Turns out that was the only video they’ve sent in. And Mr. Miyamoto [Mario’s creator] liked it immediately.”

His work for Nintendo was a gateway to other video game voice acting, most notably to the immensely popular The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in 2011, in which he voiced the dragon Paarthurnax. Other gaming projects to which Martinet contributed include Ratchet & Clank, Jet Set Radio Future and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.


Charles Martinet will be a guest on September 29 and 30 in Flanders Expo Ghent, for FACTS Fall 2018. He will be available for photoshoots, signing sessions and panels on both days.

Anthony Audenaerd

Head of Media, FACTS

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.



FACTS, Your Belgian Comic Con, is not just a convention, it’s another dimension. FACTS is the biggest pop culture event of the Benelux that brings together the best of movies, series, games and superheroes, allows all its aspects to spring to life and unites a wide array of pop culture fans.

Twice a year, the FACTS Flagship docks at the halls of Flanders Expo in Ghent to present its riches in the form of world-famous actors, international comic artists, thousands of fans dressed up as fictional characters, 54.000 m² of surprising activities, and 250+ exhibitors with geeky merchandise and collector’s items. 

FACTS has been around since 1993 and has 30 years of know-how in the comic con world. On top of that, this event is backed by ‘Heroes’, a European network of 9 pop culture events spread across Belgium, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The Belgian eventMade in Asia, for example, is one of those sibling events.

The 2023 editions will be held on 6-7 April and 2-3 November, in Flanders Expo Ghent. If you’re even remotely a fan of fantasy, science fiction, comics, anime, cosplay, video games, board games, films and TV series, then FACTS is a phenomenon that should be on your bucket list.

Copyright © 2024 FACTS. All rights reserved.


Maaltekouter 1 9051 Gent


[email protected]