Back in June, Charles Martinet appeared on a voice over panel at Indiana Comic Con. Blogger Revenge Method was in attendance, and asked the voice of Mario what it was like to be in a room with Zelda and Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. His response was rather heartwarming. “He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life… and he’s the nicest, most kind, considerate, thoughtful, wonderful human being you could ever hope to meet.”
High praise indeed! Miyamoto’s infectious personality shines through in any interview he does, and there’s certainly a whimsical, joyous persona about him. It’s great to hear that that personality is 100% genuine. Martinet was also quite effusive about the impact Miyamoto has had on the video game industry. “Shigeru Miyamoto is (the creator obviously of Mario and Zelda) and took games from being this simple place, from being non-existent to existing with a plot, and a character, and a through-line for the first time, and then brought on side-scrolling, and then three dimensions. It’s remarkable the amount of joy and happiness and work and fun he’s brought to the world.”
You can listen to Martinet’s response in full in the video below, and it’s clear from his answer that Miyamoto isn’t the only one who’s full of joy!