Charles Martinet, better known as the voice of Mario, has admitted that at one stage he also wanted to be the voice of Link, star of the Zelda games.
"I spoke to Mr. Miyamoto and said, 'I wanna be Link, I wanna be Link,' and Miyamoto told me that Link isn't going to have a voice, he is going to stay the way he is," Martinet related to thatgamingsite (thanks vg247).
"Of course Mr. Miyamoto is always right!" he added. "The way it works right now is the way it is supposed to be.
"It's the genius of Miyamoto and he knows just the right formula for making his games more fun and more exciting. For example in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if things slowed down for Mario to express his inner feelings it just wouldn't work and this way it keeps our hearts pounding with enthusiasm."
Not that Martinet seems to have much difficulty with enthusiasm, as anyone who encountered him at the Eurogamer Expo can attest.
But is he right to be enthusiastic about New Super Mario Bros. Wii? Very much so.