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September 22, 2008

Wario loves Austin Powers... or does he!?!?!

In Mario Kart Wii, all the big Mario characters put aside their differences and race go-karts, all the while saying various short phrases, most of them involving their own names.

I've discussed Wario's kart sound bites before, and Mario Kart Wii adds a few to his repertoire. (One new one which I personally enjoy is "So long, losers!" which I often say to my coworkers when I leave the office, and very few of them find it amusing.) But the most interesting one is "Yeah, baby."

When I heard that for the first time I thought, Wario is so profoundly evil that he quotes Austin Powers. It was a bold new step for him, probably the most villainous turn in his entire career.

Then I read this interview with the voice of Mario and Wario, Charles Martinet:

I originally did the voice for Donkey Kong in the same way... *Donkey Kong voice* "Ooh! Ooh! Ooh yeah! DK, baby!" You know, so then we had a real-time Donkey Kong... but now, of course, I think it's all computer-generated sounds, so...

So, in truth, Charles Martinet just likes saying yeah and baby, sometimes putting characters' names in between the two. So I learned a lesson. Don't overanalyze video game sound bites.

Posted by Will at September 22, 2008 12:21 AM


in light of this post, i feel that you need to see this, mr. carloogah.


Posted by: grosz at October 2, 2008 2:40 PM

What other Wario related media have you been hiding from me?

Posted by: Will at October 2, 2008 11:53 PM