Mario voiceover wanted to give Link a speaking role

Charles Martinet is known and beloved to gamers as the vaguely creepy old man who can make himself sound like a high-pitched Italian plumber, but if he’d have had his way, the voiceover artist would’ve also become the vocal chords behind The Legend of Zelda‘s green-suited hero as well.

“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,” confesses Martinet. “Of course Mr. Miyamoto is always right! 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.”

Could Martinet be any further up Miyamoto’s arse? Anyway, do you think Miyamoto was right to refuse Martinet, or should Link always stay the silent hero? I think I’ll personally side with Miyamoto on this, considering what happened the last time we allowed Link to say more than just “HRUH HRUH HAH!”

Jim Sterling