The Voice of Mario Finally Clarifies Long-Debated Line from Super Mario 64

Since the release of Super Mario 64 in 1996, fans have debated as to what Mario says upon throwing Bowser into explosive spheres surrounding the final stage. Now, Charles Martinet, Mario's voice actor, has confirmed what he says through a response to a tweet asking him directly. What's actually said may disappoint those thinking it was something out of the ordinary.

“So long, gay Bowser” no more! One of the most infamous jokes to arise out of Super Mario 64 has been debunked by Charles Martinet, the longtime voice actor for the mustachioed hero.

For many years, fans have theorized just what exactly Mario has said when throwing his nemesis off the stage during the final battle, as the audio file is heavily echoed and not easy to decipher. Late last night, a simply tweet solved the riddle that has since plagued the Nintendo community. Referenced in a question provided to Martinet himself, Twitter user 4zy1twitr asked if Mario was saying, “So long, Bowser!” or “So long, King Bowser!” after he throws Bowser offscreen in one of the game’s pinnacle moments. Martinet was nice enough to respond to this earnest request by confirming that Mario says, “So long kinga Bowser!”, in the spirit of his Italian accent.

The tweets associated with this post can be seen below:

Originally released in 1996 (1997 for Europeans), Super Mario 64 has since been regarded as one of the most important and influential games of its generation. After nearly 23 years, this is one debate that fans can put to rest. Even so, many may go out of their way to flub the line as they choose, just to keep the conversation alive.

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